7:00am Thursday 3rd January 2013
EVESHAM residents affected by cancer can now access support and information on the high street thanks to a partnership between Boots and Macmillan Cancer Support.
More than 1,000 people have been trained as Boots Macmillan information pharmacists and can provide specialist advice.
Rachel Looms, aged 29, will be one of the new specialists working at Boots in Evesham. She was motivated to become a BMIP after both of her parents were diagnosed with cancer.
She said: “Cancer is a lifechanging experience and any support you can get is important.
Macmillan supported my family through this time, helping with filling out finance and benefits forms, providing a wheelchair when Dad became immobile, providing information, helping to organise a hospice and even counselling for all the family.
“Macmillan were fantastic as they provided someone I could talk to through it all. My main priority now is being able to give something back to help people affected by cancer.
“Because I’ve had experience of cancer personally, I can understand what people are going through. It’s about being someone to talk to, offering practical advice about medicine, as well as guiding people to the right places to get support.”
With the help of her colleagues Kate and Kelly, nearly £1,000 was raised for Macmillan through a charity raffle. For more information, visit macmillan.org.uk or call 08088 080000.
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