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Kingston Hospital’s Macmillan Cancer Support Volunteers receive recognition from HRH Prince Charles for their hard work and dedication

Wednesday 31 January 2018

Kingston Hospital’s Macmillan Cancer Support Volunteers are delighted to have been recognised by HRH Prince Charles for their hard work and dedication to Macmillan Cancer Support.

The HRH ‘thank you’ event is to celebrate the role of volunteers and the service they provide.  Kingston Hospital’s Macmillan Volunteers were selected from many nominations nationally. Archana Sood, our Macmillan Information and Support Manager and Ranjan Patel, Centre Volunteer, have been invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace on 31st January 2018 to meet HRH Prince Charles.

The team worked extremely hard and have had some great achievements. They won a national Macmillan Cancer Support Volunteers Award 2017 (Deborah Hutton Award) for going above and beyond their duty to help patients and carers. One of our younger volunteers who works in the hospital’s Information & Support Centre was recognised for her fantastic contribution to the charity.

Archana Sood, Macmillan Information and Support Manager said, “I feel very honoured to represent the Centre and Kingston Hospital I am extremely proud of my wonderful team of volunteers who dedicate their time and skills to help provide an extremely worthwhile service to our patients at a very vulnerable and difficult step of their cancer journey.”

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Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Macmillan Volunteers

Notes to Editors

  • The Macmillan Information and Support service currently has 8 volunteers (3 centre volunteers and 5 complementary therapists).
  • Newly diagnosed NHS patients are offered four free complementary therapy sessions which they can take during or after their cancer treatments. This is quite a unique service to have within the NHS setting and there are very few Macmillan services that provide this support. They are continuously looking for further complementary therapy volunteers to enhance the patient experience provided.
  • The Macmillan Information & Support Centre is located in the Sir William Rous Unit. The Macmillan Information & Support Centre’s Library provides a large range of information and also offers patients support workshops including scarf tying, make up and beauty, Look Good Feel Better, relaxation, visualisation, mindfulness, art therapy and writing therapy group workshops.
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