Staff at Southport’s Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre and Southport Community Service Station held a number of events as part of Carers Week 2012.

Carers Week highlights the vital work done by those who provide care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled. The charities who organise the awareness week campaign for greater recognition and support for carers and celebrate the contribution they make.

The week kicked off with a free skin care and make-up master class for carers at Boots on Chapel Street. Ladies were taken through a skin care and make up regime and were also given a free Boots goody bag on the day.

A ‘We Love Trivia Quiz Night’ was also held at Fleetwood Hesketh Sports and Social Club by the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, with the aim of raising vital funds to continue to provide much needed support to patients and carers.

23 teams took part on the night and a raffle took place which included gifts donated by local businesses. The winners were ‘A Gut Feeling’ who won by a narrow margin! The night was a great success and over £550 pounds was raised.

Sue Summerfield, Macmillan Information and Support Manager, said: “We know that more people are living with cancer longer due to earlier diagnosis and better treatments. This has resulted in a growing number of people who care for someone with cancer. 

“Half a million cancer carers are affected by stress and depression. Therefore, it is crucial that carers get the information and support they need. Macmillan understands that caring for someone with cancer can be an emotionally and physically demanding time – we’re here to help everyone affected by cancer every step of the way.”

The New Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre provides a confidential, free, drop-in service for anyone affected by cancer. The centre is open Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm and Saturday 9am – midday and can be contacted on 0151 288 6893.