HEAD COACH Peter Moores and all-rounder Luke Procter officially opened a pop-up Macmillan shop to help raise awareness of cancer in North Manchester on Wednesday.
The Macmillan pop-up shop, on Bury Old Road in Cheetham Hill, thought to be the first of its kind, has been launched as part of Cancer Talk Week to encourage local people, including those affected by cancer, to come forward for information and advice and find out what support is available to them.
It started on Wednesday with a focus on men’s health which hopes to target the young male population who are often reluctant to ask for help, resulting in late diagnosis.
In Greater Manchester, there are 12,908 new cancer diagnoses every year, higher than the national average, with incidences of prostate cancer particularly high. By 2030, the number of people living with and beyond cancer in Greater Manchester will nearly fill Emirates Old Trafford twice.
It is hoped the involvement of Peter and Luke from Lancashire County Cricket Club will encourage more men to come forward for cancer information.
Luke’s mum Jacqueline, from Oldham, lost her fight with pancreatic cancer three years ago. She was a qualified umpire and scorer at Royton Cricket Club when his dad played there. Both she and Luke’s dad Anthony did everything they could to ensure Luke realised his dream of becoming a cricketer.
Luke said: “This is a matter that is very close to my heart. Cancer affects the lives of so many people and it is vitally important that those affected have access to as much information as possible.
“The pop-up shop is a fantastic idea and I hope people, particularly men, take advantage of the service it offers.”
The Macmillan pop-up shop will be open for 4 days from 22nd to the 25th January. The aim of the events is to raise awareness of cancer, including symptoms to look out for, how to reduce cancer risk and to encourage people to go to their GP if they are worried.
The event will also raise awareness of Macmillan and other cancer support organisations available in the area.
After ‘men’s day’ on Wednesday, Thursday will focus on women’s health however all are welcome on any of the days.
There will be dedicated sessions from a Macmillan Welfare Adviser and Macmillan Employment Adviser, as well as nurse specialists and cancer information specialists. There will also be free health checks, goody bags, prizes, pamper sessions, knit and natter and other activities.
Felicity Keeling, the Macmillan Information and Support Manager at North Manchester General Hospital, who has helped to organise the four day shop event, said: “More people than ever are living with and beyond cancer, but early diagnosis is key so it is important that people are able to access information about symptoms and know where to go for help and advice.
“The pop-up shop is here for four days during Cancer Talk Week and is open to anyone affected by cancer, whether they have been diagnosed themselves, are worried about cancer, living with a cancer diagnosis, or perhaps are caring for someone affected by cancer. Our team of experts from Macmillan and other organisations will be able to give you advice so you don’t have to face cancer alone.”
The shop will be open 10am – 4pm from Wednesday 22nd January to Saturday 25th January.