10 February 2016
Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist Laura Cutler with Kelly Burfoot and volunteer Nadia Morawski
A Macmillan scheme to provide emotional and practical support to teenagers and young adults affected by cancer has been launched in Nottinghamshire.
The Macmillan One2One Support Project is run in partnership with the East Midlands Teenage and Young Adult Integrated Cancer service, Self Help Nottingham and De Montfort University.
The scheme is the latest in a series of projects launched by Macmillan in Nottinghamshire to tackle isolation among people affected by cancer and is part of the Macmillan Cancer Partnership which is investing £3million to improve local cancer services and support the growing number of cancer survivors living in the county.
The Macmillan One2One Support Project provides emotional and practical support to young people aged 18 - 30 and is already making a huge difference to people like Kelly Burfoot, aged 22.
Kelly was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of 17 and treated successfully at the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham. However the cancer had a lasting effect on her and created severe stomach problems which then led to acute anxiety, depression and panic attacks.
It wasn’t until she was partnered with volunteer Nadia Morawski on the Macmillan One2One Support Project a few weeks ago that she felt able to leave the house by herself.
Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist Laura Cutler said: “The change in Kelly is just phenomenal in such a short space of time, which just shows how vital the service is for young people recovering from cancer. Just because the cancer treatment has ended, doesn’t mean that support is no longer needed. Anxiety and depression affects a lot of people after treatment, leaving many feeling very alone.
“Our fully trained One2One support workers are also young people aged 18 – 30 and can provide companionship, whether it’s accompanying patients to appointments, having a chat over coffee or helping with practical tasks such as shopping.”