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A Big Brew for YANA and Macmillan

Bromsgrove’s Rural Community have organised a Slice of Tea and Cup of Cake in aid of YANA and Macmillan

Fairfield Village Community Association, Fairfield Village Hall and Halesowen & Hagley Farmers’ Club have teamed up to organise a jumbo Coffee Morning raising money for two worthy causes, Macmillan Cancer Support and YANA – You Are Not Alone.

The event is being held on Saturday 5th October at Fairfield Village Hall (Stourbridge Road, Fairfield, B61 9LZ), 10am – 12noon.

Organisers are inviting people to come along, share in the fun and raise vital funds at the same time for the growing number of people living with cancer across the UK and to help provide support for those people involved in the agricultural sector who may be affected by stress and depression.

Macmillan is almost entirely funded by donations and simply cannot support the growing number of people with cancer who need them without the public’s help. Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. There are over 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK and this is set to grow to almost 4 million by 2030.

YANA is wholly funded by donations and operates in the Worcestershire, Norfolk and Suffolk.  Farming is usually a good way of life but it is a demanding and stressful occupation, so it’s not surprising that many people involved with agriculture can feel isolated, depressed or unable to cope as well as normal.  1 in 5 people in the UK will experience a problem with depression and in farming more than one farmer a week in the UK dies by suicide so it is important that people do not feel alone and are supported.  Those people who work in agriculture are often reluctant to seek support for depression, stress or anxiety. However, talking about problems and seeking appropriate help can make it easier to cope and improve a person’s quality of life.  YANA can fund up to 6 sessions with a professionally qualified counsellor.  The only requirement is that applicants must be involved in farming in its broadest sense (e.g. farmer, farming family members, all farm staff, contractors, agricultural merchant, members of Young Farmers, etc.). Event spokesperson, Conrad Palmer, says “We are hosting our coffee morning because Cancer, Stress, Anxiety and Depression can affect anyone, and it impacts on every part of a person’s life and their family. Macmillan & YANA provides support and we want to raise money so that everybody gets the help they need”.