Macmillan reaches out with mobile bus

Macmillan’s mobile cancer information and support service (MISS) reached almost 600 people in Northumberland last year.

By Ian Smith
Wednesday, 01 May, 2019, 13:06
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The mobile service is provided by a team of cancer information specialists who travel on board mobile information buses parking up in town centres, rural locations and at events.

Last year, it reached 36,170 people in the north, including 591 in Northumberland.

Cara Connolly, a Macmillan information and support specialist on the North unit, said: “2018 was an incredible year for the MISS team.

“They have seen a significant increase in inquiries, visited lots of new communities and reached thousands of people across the North on our big green bus called Beryl.

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“The mobile service is a free, confidential drop-in service where visitors can step onto the unit and ask any question they have about cancer, whether it relates to themselves or someone they care about.”

Throughout 2018, the MISS team visited town centres across Northumberland.

Last year, there was a 28% annual increase in inquiries to the bus in the North, more than 69% of visitors were from deprived communities and 46% of visits by the bus were to new communities.

The MISS is due to visit Tesco, Ord Road, Tweedmouth on Tuesday, May 21, from 9am to 3pm.