WICCI are going out and about over the next couple of weeks to meet people at the various Agricultural Shows in Lewis & Harris. Be sure to come and say Hello if you can and hear more about the work of WICCI.
On Saturday 5th May, many gathered at the Lewis Retirement Centre to officially celebrate the Launch of the Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative.
The relaxed event included some presentations from Donald Macleod, WICCI Chairman and Janice Preston, Macmillan Cancer Scotland Manager. Both presentations were informative and gave a bit of background as to how WICCI has come to fruition and the hopes for the future.
Helen Sandison, WICCI Development Manager, then outlined some information about the Social Fund and Application Process, highlighting that to date, WICCI had approved 14 applications and awarded £6690.
Those present were encouraged to spread the word about WICCI through Social Media and through the recently launched Website.
Donald also encouraged those present to take up membership of the organisation. Copies of the Membership Form can be found here Membership Form May18
At the end of the speeches, Alasdair Allan MSP officially ‘opened’ the WICCI Project and presented a plaque on behalf of Helen to the Trustees in recognition of their hard work and determination to get WICCI to this stage after years of planning and negotiations.
Following the official proceedings, a delicious lunch was served, prepared by the ladies from the Isle of Lewis Macmillan Fundraising Committee.
Have you heard of the advice and support available through the Macmillan Benefits Service (Western Isles)? This is a truly valuable service run by Kay Mackinnon and her team, providing benefits advice services for people affected by cancer, their families and carers.
Get in touch with Kay to discuss your situation and I am sure she will do everything she can to help – she is one of the most helpful, compassionate people I know. Contact her on 01851 822644.
Kay also manages the Macmillan Patient Grants scheme, which you should apply for before coming to WICCI.