Macmillan’s smallest mobile support unit celebrates a year on the road

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Macmillan’s smallest mobile support unit celebrates a year on the road

To celebrate one year on the road for Bronwen, the smallest in Macmillan’s fleet of mobile information and support units, Cowshed and Macmillan Cancer Support want people to #SpotBronwen this October.

Launched in 2017, Bronwen, a specially adapted van has enabled the cancer support service to access towns and communities across Wales which previous mobile units couldn’t reach.

In just one year 37,252 people in Wales have been supported by Macmillan’s mobile units and outreach teams, 76% of which say they would not have found cancer information anywhere else.

Bronwen has travelled approximately 17,000 miles, with 85 per cent of visitors from areas classed as deprived and highly deprived, and more than half (53 per cent) from rural communities.

With the help of Bronwen the service is now reaching more people than ever before, with a 126% increase in the amount of people receiving the right advice at the right time.

Travelling the country 45 weeks of the year, Bronwen has a team of experts on board from nurses to welfare benefits advisers and social workers who offer support to people worried about cancer, or those with a current diagnosis.

As part of the year celebrations, Bronwen will be travelling from the very north of Wales down to the south from 2 – 31 October. Macmillan is encouraging people to guess the towns and villages as part of its #SpotBronwen campaign.

Richard Pugh, Head of Services for Macmillan Cancer Support in Wales, said: “Bronwen’s had a fantastic first year visiting communities across Wales to offer people with cancer, or whose loved ones have cancer, expert information and support in their area.

“Bronwen’s been designed to be small enough to visit towns and communities across the country and we’re asking people to #SpotBronwen to spread the word about the brilliant support she and the team offer to people with cancer in Wales.”

Bronwen will be travelling to Anglesey, Gwynedd, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Caerphilly and Macmillan want those who spot her to share pictures using #SpotBronwen.

For more information and to #SpotBronwen, follow @MacmillanCymru or visit www.macmillan.org.uk/mobileinfo

 

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