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
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
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