- Singleton Neonatal Unit receives cheque fro Whites.
- Rev. Pete talks to Michael Houghton of Macmillan Cancer Support
- This year's Charity target.
- Christmas Carol Service date announced.
Last season's fantastic fundraising effort for the club's chosen charity the Neonatal unit at Singelton hospital raised £1,650.47. As you can see, the staff there were delighted to receive the cheque, which they used to buy new much needed chairs for parents to sit with and nurse their children.
This season's fundraising efforts as you know are going to Macmillan Cancer support. I'll let their local fundraising officer, Michael Houghton, explain more about what they do and who we are going to help…
1. Swansea RFC have chosen Macmillan as their chosen charity for this season, how do you feel about that?
MH: This is absolutely amazing. I feel honoured and excited that Swansea RFC have chosen Macmillan Cancer Support as their charity. It will provide us with a great opportunity to work together to undertake some fun and interesting fundraising which will go to help so many people in the local area affected by cancer.
2. Tell us about the work of Macmillan?
MH: Macmillan Cancer Support knows that Life with cancer is still life, and we'll help you live it. Right from the moment you’re diagnosed, through your treatment and beyond, we’re a constant source of support, giving you the energy and inspiration to help you take back control of your life, and feel more like yourself again. Macmillan’s ambition is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer and to inspire millions of others to do the same. We have professionals in in the local area from our famous Macmillan Nurses, to Welfare Benefits Advisors, Occupational Therapists, GPs, Physio Therapists and so many more. And we can only be there to help people through possibly the toughest fight of their lives because of your support and donations.
3. How did you get involved and what's your role?
MH: I am the Fundraising Manager for Macmillan in the Swansea, Neath & Port Talbot areas. In 2007 I saw my Grandad, a larger than life, six-foot two man, who was always the life and soul of any party, waste away and ultimately loose his fight to bone cancer. Macmillan were there for him from the moment he suspected cancer to the moment he sadly passed. But what impresses me most was that the Macmillan team didn’t just help him, they supported my Nan as well. They gave her advice on how to transfer accounts and the mortgage into her name, they gave her counselling and they even turned up to the funeral to hold her hand. They truly were angels. So, from that moment I volunteered for Macmillan, I fundraised at my different work places and I walked miles to raise funds. Then in 2015 the opportunity for me to work for this amazing charity came up and I grabbed it with both hands.
4. We like to fundraise for things locally and specific projects, so we've chosen to support the Macmillan physical activities team work, what do they do?
MH: The Macmillan Physical Activities team are based at ward 12 in Singleton Hospital, and their role is to help patients in their recovery and possibly in preparation of treatment. The treatments and biopsies people go through can be invasive and will take their toll on the body. The fitter you are the better you can cope. After chemotherapy for example, you may have lost a lot of weight and your muscle mass may not be what it was, so the Macmillan Physical Activities team will work with you to develop a plan to get you back to how you once were. They will develop a diet plan with you, and they run low impact classes, such as Tai Chi, to help you get back to your old self. Physical activities also have other benefits, including mental health. It gives the patient a sense of control, a goal to aim for and after some physical activities we all feel more positive thanks to endorphins.
5. Do you have any interest in rugby or any sport?
MH: I must confess I am very much an armchair sports fan, except for darts, which some say isn’t a sport… they’re wrong. I do follow the Ospreys and enjoy all things rugby. At school, I was the only lad to turn up in a rugby top amidst a sea of different football shirts.
6. Can you give me a prediction for the score at Saturday’s international Wales v Georgia?
MH: I think it will be a hard-fought game with Georgia throwing everything at us. But I expect us to win, even if it’s only by a small margin
7. Our next fundraising event is the Club Carol service on Dec 5th and you’re hoping to be there to rep Macmillan are looking forward to it?
MH: I am really looking forward to it. I love Christmas, and a good old-fashioned sing song. What an evening it promises to be and a great way to help people affected by cancer.
8. I always as everyone their five favourites what are your choices?
Favourite film? – Die Hard
Favourite breakfast cereal? – I prefer a bacon sandwich, but if I go for cereal then it’s Weetabix with a sprinkle of sugar
Favourite app? – Currently it’s “Score Darts”, it’s helping me improve my poor run of form
Favourite holiday destination? – I went to Vietnam in 2014 and it was amazing! I would go there again at the drop of a hat
Favourite gadget? – Does my mobile phone count? If so then definitely that. If not then my Echo Dot
9. If you could back to any event in history where would you choose to go?
Good question. Maybe back to the day the Romans completed Hadrian’s Wall. I’d love to know what a bunch of Italian Centurions thought about standing on a freezing cold wall on the border of wet and rainy Scotland.
10. What's your favourite quote, motto, or piece of advice?
MH: “There's no point being grown-up if you can't be childish sometimes.” – Doctor Who
I think you'll agree it's a good cause to get behind. Our first fundraising effort will be a collection at the annual club Christmas Carol service on Tuesday December 5 th at Pantygwydr Baptist church at 7.30 pm. So please put the date in your diary and come and join both squads of players and coaches for some carols, food and fundraising. More details of the Carol service and future fundraising efforts, in forthcoming VFTP and the club website. If you have any ideas or can help us raise money towards our target of £1,500 please let me know.
Over to the boys not to be charitable on the field in tomorrow’s game at St Helen’s, but off it we will welcome Carmarthen Quins, some former Swansea players and coaches among them and their chaplain.
Come along and enjoy the game tomorrow.