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Local Support Group honoured by MacMillan

Macmillan Cancer Support's President, the Countess of Halifax presented a prestigious award to the Durham Bowel Buddies at Macmillan's annual Meet Macmillan event at The Manor School, York on 26 July.

The support group received The Vicky Clement-Jones Award which is for volunteers who have, or have had, cancer themselves and who make a significant difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.

The Durham Bowel Buddies are a group of people who have all been treated for bowel cancer and now provide one-to-one and group support for newly diagnosed people in Durham. They also play a leading part in a 'what happens next' afternoon for people nearing the end of their treatment and in promoting bowel cancer awareness in the media.

The group was nominated by Macmillan colorectal nurse specialists Alison Mills and Karen Dixon, from University Hospital of North Durham, who felt the volunteers should be recognised for the part they play in supporting their work.

Alison Mills, who joined four of the group at the presentation ceremony, said:  "These volunteers could not do more to support people affected by cancer in the Durham area and they make such a difference. I am delighted that Macmillan has honoured them in this way."

Macmillan Cancer Support has more than 200,000 volunteers supporting its many activities and could not do its work without their help.  Five hundred volunteers, like the Durham Bowel Buddies, have this year being given awards in recognition of the special contribution they have made.

To find out more about volunteering for Macmillan Cancer Support visit

Published: 29 July 2011

'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough - could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'

Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community Hospital