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WICCI Launch a great success!

On Saturday 5th May, many gathered at the Lewis Retirement Centre to officially celebrate the Launch of the Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative.

Donald MacleodThe Janice Prestonrelaxed 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.

People having lunch Lunch Crowd Guests cake cakes and sandwiches WICCI Cake from Stag Bakeries Committee

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WICCI Application Process

We put together the below illustration showing the 4 simple steps of processing your application.  We’d encourage you to get in touch with us if you have any queries about submitting an application.

WICCI Application Process

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WICCI Launch Event

WICCI LaunchThe Trustees of the Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative would like to invite you to the Formal Launch event of the WICCI Project.

Presentations from: WICCI Chairperson; Donald Macleod and MCS Scotland Manager; Janice Preston and local stories.
Saturday 5th May 2018 From 12pm ( light lunch provided) Retirement Centre, Stornoway.


WICCI is a registered local charity. We have developed a unique partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support to help cancer patients and their families throughout the Western Isles.

One of the ways WICCI can help is through the Social Fund, where up to £500 per year is available to individuals affected by cancer and can be used to support costs such as; basic living expenses, t ravel costs (over and above
those supported by Patient Travel) and specialist equipment or support required as a result of a cancer diagnosis, treatment or recovery.

You are cordially invited and most welcome to join us to celebrate the formal launch of this important local initiative.

RSVP- 20th April 2018
Helen Sandison, WICCI Development Manager
Room 1, 30 Francis Street, Stornoway
office@wicci.org.uk – Facebook @wiccioffice
01851 707219

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International Women’s Day

Had such a positive, worthwhile afternoon with lots of ladies (and some men!) at Back Hall celebrating #internationalwomensday.

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Macmillan Benefits Service (Western Isles)

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.

Macmillan Benefits Service (Western Isles)

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Making a difference already!

The WICCI Social Fund has now been operational for a month and we are so delighted to say we have paid out £1930 in grants to individuals in the Western Isles who are in need due to their current cancer diagnosis or treatment.

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