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The Macmillan heroes
Hard working Macmillan professionals and dedicated supporters and volunteers from all over Wales have been honoured at a prestigious awards ceremony to mark Macmillan Cancer Support’s centenary year.
First Minister, Carwyn Jones, presented the winners with their awards at a ceremony in Cardiff last night in front of an audience of supporters, professionals and representatives from charity and public organisations throughout Wales.
To celebrate 100 years of supporting people affected by cancer, Macmillan is recognising the achievements of people across Wales who provide vital cancer care and campaign on behalf of people affected by cancer.
The winners include teams from hospitals in Swansea, Cardiff the Valleys and north Wales and people who’ve dedicated decades of their lives to raising money for Macmillan. They also feature people affected by cancer who’ve inspired others through their experiences.
Among those honoured were Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialists, June Jordan, Diane Jehu and Lindsey Roberts who were given the Macmillan Professionals Lifetime Achievement award.
June Jordan has worked as a Macmillan Palliative Care CNS at Neath Port Talbot Hospital for 13 years.
June said: 'I feel very privileged to be involved with people affected by cancer and their families at an extremely difficult time. These people have often been an inspiration to myself with how they face such difficult times. I would like to say thank you to those who nominated me and my colleagues for their fantastic support over the years.'
Cath Lindley, general manager for Macmillan in Wales said: 'These awards celebrate the hard work and dedication of both our professionals and supporters all over Wales. We were inundated with entries, which were of such a high standard that it was difficult choosing the winners.
'For many of the winners, the awards recognise years of dedication to cancer care in Wales and also their innovative approach to supporting people affected by cancer during treatment and beyond. I would like to congratulate all our winners on their devotion to Macmillan Cancer Support through their work and fundraising in the past and for many years to come.'
Macmillan Cancer Support has more than 200 professionals working in hospitals and out in the community all over Wales. As well as our much-loved nurses, Macmillan also funds a wide range of other professionals including physiotherapists, dietitians, doctors, information facilitators and welfare benefits advisers to name but a few.
2011 marks the centenary of Macmillan Cancer Support, one of the leading and most recognised cancer charities in the UK. It was founded by Douglas Macmillan after he watched his father die of cancer.
Initially it was set up to provide financial support and information about cancer and the charity is best known for its iconic Macmillan nurses who have provided care and support to people affected by cancer for more than 35 years.
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