For many of us, this would be unbearable, but not for Niki. Instead, she has thrown herself into volunteering and helping others who find themselves in her situation. Speaking on Tuesday, Niki said, “Cancer has changed my life massively over the past few years but I have a very happy ending. I get great satisfaction from the work I do with Macmillan hoping that I can help people who find themselves in the same situation my family have”.
Niki volunteers for Macmillan in many different ways, including her role as a Health Care Champion. Many people are affected by cancer, not just the patient. She visits local towns, county shows and shopping centres alongside the Macmillan bus hoping to raise awareness of the charity and inform people that they’re there to help support anyone affected by cancer.
More recently, Niki was involved in the ‘Not Alone’ campaign run by Macmillan. Almost 1,000 people are given the news that they have cancer every day, but they don’t always get the support they need. In figures released by MacMillan it was revealed that an estimated 550,000 people in the UK, 22% of those living with cancer, suffer with loneliness.The ‘Not Alone’ campaign sought to raise awareness of how isolated cancer sufferers can feel. Macmillan set up a mirrored isolation box at the Bullring Birmingham which allowed shoppers to sit inside, alone, and listen to Niki’s experience of isolation. Although people could see into the box, anyone inside was unable to see out.
And Niki’s volunteering doesn’t stop there. Alongside her hugely supportive team at Vantage, Niki is organising a MacMillan coffee morning as part of MacMillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event. If you would like to show your support to not only an amazing charity, but an amazing lady, pop down to Toyota Solihull on the 25th of September.