443
Applications received to date
220000
Awarded to date
200
New cancer cases in Eilean Siar each year
900
People affected by cancer in Eilean Siar

Up to £500 per year is available to individuals affected by cancer

The Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative (WICCI) is a registered local charity. As a charity we have developed a unique partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support to address needs and provide support for specific issues faced by cancer patients and their families throughout the Western Isles.

Please get in touch on 01851 706721 or email office@wicci.org.uk for an Enquiry Form

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What an incredible Raffle 😍Get your tickets asap to be in with a chance of winning and at the same time supporting Marie Curie UK, Eilidh’s Trust and ourselves. Huge thanks Hope Blamire Artist for organising. Good Luck everyone! ... See MoreSee Less
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The gang at Hebridean Harmony are gearing up for a month of Christmas tunes 🤶🎶🎄Join them on Mondays from 2.30pm, still online, but good fun and friendship guaranteed over a sing song (contact us or them for the link 👍🏻) Hopefully we can get a festive soundtrack shared soon…what’s your favourite Christmas tune?This has been the month of places and we've had a great time listening and singing (and dancing) along to the likes of Mull of Kintyre, Africa, Budapest, Is this the way to Amarillo. December is of course Sing a Song for Christmas ... we're looking forward to seeing what our Song Leader comes up with this year ... #SingForHealth #SingForFun #SingForPleasure #SingingTogether #HebrideanHarmony #SingSafely #MondayAfternoons #MusicWorthSharing #MusicTrivia #MusicForInspiration ... See MoreSee Less
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Gosh, don’t know what to say about this..what a gesture. Thank you so much 💜💚You can always make exceptions in life. Just like Loganair made an exception this week for the Charity draw.We always have two charities who benefit from the Christmas charity draw, but this year, there will also be a special donation of £5000 made to the Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative, to celebrate what would have been Eleanor MacDonald of North Uist, 30th year.This is what her Mum would like to say:Our beautiful Eleanor Catriona MacDonald, Ellie to family and some friends, was diagnosed with bowel cancer the week before Christmas in 2013. She was 23 and in the last year of her business degree studies at St Andrews. Her life changed cruelly and forever. She was advised not to finish her degree by some, but her doctor at Ninewells Hospital backed her when she insisted that she wanted to complete it. Ellie was a strong, courageous young woman who loved being on the water, travelling, languages and being around children. She had been an Au Pair in Valencia, Spain to improve her Spanish and St Andrews opened up a whole world of opportunities - she loved the Officer Training Corps, canoed across Scotland, went rowing in Barcelona and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro! She worked hard and played hard and had such a zest for life and a drive to do so much more! Her last nine months were not what they should have been. I moved to St Andrews to look after her and to help her as she continued to study whilst going through chemotherapy and spending time in and out of hospital. She was amazing and though tired and feeling unwell much of the time, she would still take any opportunity to travel, spend time with friends and study. She graduated in June 2014, travelled to Spain to celebrate, came home to Uist and kayaked with her Dad and wee brother to the island of Kirkibost opposite our house. Losing her that September was cruel and heart breaking - she had so much more to give to the world though she had given and seen so much in her young life. Being in St Andrews meant that her treatment took place in Dundee at Ninewells and she was looked after extremely well - we will always be grateful to the doctors, nurses and hospital staff and volunteers that we got to know. She loved her islands and showing her friends from Uni where she grew up. When Hope suggested giving some of her Christmas fundraising to something to help the islands to celebrate what would have been her 30th year, WICCI (Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative) sprung to mind as they are providing support to those in the islands going through cancer, in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support. For Ellie.💗 Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative ... See MoreSee Less
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If you’re facing cancer, or love someone who is, there may be times when you need to talk about things or just hear from those who’ve been there. Our Online Community has people who understand how you feel, because they’re facing cancer too.

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“Thank you to WICCI, this money has helped me and my family at a time of real need.”

“I would encourage anyone with cancer to apply.”

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Macmillan Cancer Support Isle of Lewis

Margaret’s Story

“My husband was ill for almost three years and by the end I thought of our Macmillan Nurse not just as a nurse, but as a friend,” said Macmillan Cancer Support Isle of Lewis Committee member Margaret Eaves.

Margaret was first introduced to the work of Macmillan Nurses when her late husband Bob, former Chief Librarian in Stornoway, was diagnosed with cancer nearly ten years ago.

And the dedication, support, empathy and advice received throughout Bob’s illness – and in turn her son David’s subsequent cancer diagnosis – led Margaret to join the local Committee to raise funds and awareness of a service that she says ‘is way more than what you first think’.

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