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Service Award for Macmillan Volunteers

Macmillan Volunteer Award June 2014
Pictured above: Receiving their Five-Year Service Award from Mayor Pam Minshall, Gill Pass (left) and Lorna Lakey (right) with Julie Pieczarka and Back Row: Nicola Cook and Deputy Mayor Benn Minshall.

Volunteers at a local Macmillan Cancer Unit have won a national award for their long service in supporting people affected by cancer.

Gill Pass and Lorna Lakey were both presented with a Bronze Five-Year Service Award for their time spent at the Leighton Hospital-based Macmillan centre by Mayor Pam Minshall and Macmillan Senior Development Manager Nicola Cook. The ceremony took place as part of Macmillan’s Volunteer week, a chance to say a big thank you to all volunteers.

Julie Pieczarka, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Manager at the Unit, said: “I am delighted that the hard work and dedication of Gill and Lorna has been recognised with this award. They both give up time on a weekly basis to support the Unit, alongside our team of brilliant volunteers. They provide a personal touch for patients at a vulnerable time of their life.”

Nicola Cook, Senior Macmillan Development Manager, said: “When people are living with cancer it is the small things that really make a difference to your quality of life. The volunteers based at the Macmillan Unit provide the cup of tea or a listening ear which enables people to live their life with cancer. Gill and Lorna are continuing to make a lasting difference to people diagnosed with cancer in South Cheshire.”

The Macmillan Cancer Unit is currently looking for additional volunteers to join its friendly team. Julie added: “There are a number of different volunteering opportunities available within the Unit, all of which will make a difference to those affected by cancer.”

To find out more about volunteering at the Macmillan Cancer Unit contact Julie on 01270 273603 or email julie.pieczarka@nhs.net.

Macmillan Volunteer Award June 2014 - Group
Pictured above: Lorna Lakey and Gill Pass (centre) receive their Five-Year Service Award from Mayor Pam Minshall, watched by fellow Macmillan volunteers and staff.