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Awards Will Recognise Macmillian Volunteers

Author: annahowelll Published: 12th June 2012 19:26

More than 5,800 people are diagnosed with cancer in Hampshire every year and they need treatment and support. At Queen Alexandra Hospital, the Macmillan Information and Support Centre provides a hub in the centre of the hospital to give advice and help to those diagnosed with cancer and their families. Key to the success are the amazing and dedicated volunteers.

The local Macmillan volunteer awards are being held on Monday 18 June between 12.45pm - 1.15pm in the seminar on Level B. There are fourteen volunteers in total who will receive awards in recognition of the work they do. These will be presented by Ursula Ward, Chief Executive of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

Six volunteers have been awarded the Deborah Hutton Award, which is for volunteers who provide support and care to people affected by cancer, beyond the expectation of their role. The other eight volunteers have been awarded Long Service Awards for five, 10 and 15 years service to the charity. They are being awarded six bronze, one silver and one gold award. 

 "We see around 14,600 visitors in the centre every year. The centre volunteers are key to our success as they are often the first people a visitor will meet and can make a real difference by providing a warm welcome, "says Sinead Parry, Macmillan Centre Manager.

"Our volunteers provide a range of services from meet and greet, admin support, complementary therapies and counselling. We are delighted that 14 of our volunteers have been recognised nationally for their hard work and commitment to people affected by cancer. But we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers for their time, energy and dedication to the centre," continues Sinead.

Macmillan Cancer Support was started by a volunteer 100 years ago, and today they are still at the heart of the charity, helping to deliver essential services for people affected by cancer. Anybody interested in helping out at the information centre can contact Sinead Parry on 023 9228 3322.

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