MacMillan Cancer Support
The Bucks Buoys have all been affected by cancer. Particularly Nic, who sadly lost both his wife and his brother to cancer in 2016, and Kev, whose wife Sara was diagnosed with breast cancer in the same year. After surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Sara is now back to health and is managing our Campaign! She and many other cancer patients have found the support offered by Macmillan to be so important in the whirlwind after a cancer diagnosis, not only to the person diagnosed, but also to their family.
Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) treat and manage patient’s health concerns and work to promote health and wellbeing. They use their skills and expertise in cancer care to provide physical and emotional support, coordinate care services and to inform and advise patients on clinical as well as practical issues.
CNSs can specialise in caring for a specific population (such as young people), a type of care (such as palliative care), a condition (such as lymphoedema), or a particular cancer (such as lung cancer).
• £28 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for 1 hour, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.
The Bucks Buoys expect the challenge to take around 1,000 hours – can you help power a Macmillan nurse for an hour?
There are 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK. One in two people are likely to get cancer in their lifetimes. Cancer can affect everything, including a person’s body, relationships and finances.
Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, emotional and personal support to people affected by cancer every year. The charity is there to support people during treatment, help with work and money worries, and listen when people need to talk about their feelings.
Life with cancer is still your life and Macmillan is there to help you live it. If you want information or just to chat, call 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit www.macmillan.org.uk
Infantile Nystagmus, (IN), is a lifelong condition involving involuntary eye movement in babies and children. The organisation was set up in 2010 and established as a charity in 2011 by the Parents of a 3 month old baby affected by the condition. It seemed that IN had an unjustifiably low profile and research into the condition was (and still is) hampered by lack of funding. IN-vision was created to change this, with aims to raise awareness of the condition, its effects on visual acuity and quality of life, while being utterly dedicated to increasing knowledge and furthering research that may one day lead to a cure.
IN-vision’s Patron is Paralympic Gold Medallist Champion and hero Naomi Riches MBE. Naomi is supporting the Bucks Buoys throughout their Campaign.
The Buoys would like to raise enough funds for an Eyelink machine; a piece of equipment which can monitor eye movement without the need for any contact with the baby. This means that babies won’t have the distress of having to look straight ahead while being tested, and that tests will be quicker and more accurate.
Currently there are only 4 units in the UK with an Eyelink. An Eyelink costs around £28,000, so with your generous donations let’s raise enough to make it 5!
Rowing the Atlantic is an expensive business!
Here are just a few of the costs involved...
RYI Sea courses
Food for the crossing
Sponsor the Bucks Buoys
So far the campaign has been self-funded, but as well as reaching our fundraising aims for our good causes above, we also hope to recoup some of these costs. So we are looking for financial support/sponsorship for the incredible challenge ahead.
We would also like to reward the support given to us by Marlow Rowing Club and Naomi Riches MBE. The Club’s para/adaptive squad is well established and growing year on year. The squad need a new Adaptive rowing boat, which costs £4750. We’d love to be able to fund this for them.
Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated and the rewards, in terms of publicity locally, nationally and internationally, substantial.
If you wish to sponsor any of the specific items above, or have any other ideas about sponsorship, we’d love to hear from you.
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This is a unique opportunity to partner with us on our epic journey!