The volunteers within the Cancer Support Service based at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust received two accolades from Macmillan Cancer Support.
The Cancer Information Centre Volunteers were awarded as the North Region’s winner of the Service Team of the Year Award and the service’s Craft and Chat group took home the Northern Region’s Vicky Clement-Jones Award.
The team of volunteers were nominated for their hard work and commitment to helping those who are affected by cancer by understanding their needs and offering varying levels of support. The volunteers help out on wards delivering cancer care every single day, whether it’s making a cup of tea, supporting meal times or just being there for someone to talk to.
The Craft and Chat group is an initiative that promotes social interaction, offering peer to peer support whilst allowing participants to put their craft skills to work. Those who attend the group knit, stitch and sew, selling their wares to raise funds for the Cancer Support Service. The group also provide practical support to others affected by a cancer diagnosis. The group devote much of their time making cushions for breast patients following surgery to alleviate pressure and cushions for cancer patients who are under going chemotherapy and haematology treatments to make their treatment sessions more comfortable to name but a few.
The Vicky Clement-Jones Award is for an individual or group that uses their own cancer experiences to influence others, applies insight from their own cancer experiences to improve the lives of other people affected by cancer and demonstrates the impact that their role makes to other people affected by cancer.
The Service Team of the Year Award recognises a group of volunteers that supports Macmillan’s work in a particular geographic or subject area, helping to create positive change or supporting people affected by cancer and works together to support and understand the needs and views of people affected by cancer, highlighting the importance of teamwork.
Louise Harland, Macmillan Cancer Support Worker, who submitted the nominations said: “I am in absolute awe of the support that is offered by the Cancer Service volunteers – the people who keep it running every day are truly inspirational. When I read about the Macmillan Awards Programme I thought about the team and the Craft and Chat group straight away. They are a group of committed individuals who are passionate about caring for people and genuinely want to improve the lives of others. I’m delighted they’ve won both awards – truly well deserved!”
Alan Chandler, Macmillan Cancer Information and Survivorship Manager at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust said: “We offer various support services from our Cancer Centre, none of which would be possible without the hard work and commitment of our volunteers. They offer a friendly face to everyone who walks through our hospital doors, assisting those who are living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis. They are thanked every single day by those they help, but to be recognised at a regional level for their work is testament to their outstanding contributions to Cancer Support.”