Cancer centre comes runner up in national awards

Karen Holmes, manager of Weston Park's Cancer Support Centre

Karen Holmes, manager of Weston Park's Cancer Support Centre

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A SPECIALIST cancer service in Sheffield which helps over 6,000 people a year is celebrating reaching the final of national competition.

The Cancer Support Centre at Weston Park Hospital has been named as a runner up in the annual GlaxoSmithKline Impact Awards, organised each year to recognise and reward charities carrying out excellent work to improve people’s health.

The facility, based behind the hospital in Northumberland Road, helps patients and families from across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, North Derbyshire and beyond to cope with the impact of cancer on their lives by offering practical support in coping physically, emotionally, practically and financially.

Funded by Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, services include a drop-in advice session and complementary therapies to help with relaxation. The idea is to help both patients and carers live life to the full – by tackling common issues that arise from illness like dealing with stress, fatigue, coping with finances and returning to work.

Centre manager Karen Holmes, said: “It is the first time we have entered these awards and to have been named as a runner up is a huge honour and tremendous recognition for services which are dedicated to helping cancer patients and their families at the most vulnerable times of their lives. We know from the feedback we get that the service is highly valued.”

Rachel Thorpe, director of the charity, added: “This is a fantastic service which we are proud to support and this award recognises the impact it has on so many lives. Thanks to improvements in cancer treatment many more patients now live with cancer and this means that there is a growing need for support services to help patients and their families.”

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