At the AGM in December, members voted to support

Macmillan Caring Locally

as our Charity for 2020


The Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital is a Specialist Palliative Care Unit for patients in South East Dorset and South West Hampshire.

The charity works in partnership with the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to Provide the services at the Macmillan Unit and in our community.

The Macmillan Unit offers specialist palliative care to patients with any advanced, progressive incurable illness with different symptoms or problems. The unit provides the highest standard of care and an attractive, homely environment for patients, their families and visitors. The charity also provides nursing and medical equipment to improve patient treatment and comfort.

The specialist palliative care service is made up of an inpatient unit with 16 beds and a dedicated team of in-patient nurses, a team of specialist palliative care community nurses who visit patients at home and in nursing or residential care, a team of doctors, a day centre at the Macmillan Unit which offers some complementary therapies, a team of physiotherapists and occupational therapists, a family support team, and a hospital palliative care team which sees patients in the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

Macmillan Caring Locally is a small charity and is not connected in any way to the national charity Macmillan Cancer Support.

To find our more about Macmillan Caring Locally click here. 

Ferndown u3a are planning a number of fund raising events in support of Macmillan Caring Locally. Although the year has just begun fundraising is underway. The Drama group Pantomime  held on the 12th December 2019 has kicked off our support by raising £433.00 – A fantastic start.

Look out for further events:    

Saturady 13th June 2020 – Ferndownu3a Greenfingers Group Open Day – see calendar for details.