Macmillan Cancer Support’s director for England Steve Richards visited the Midhurst Macmillan Service to present long-service awards to more than 30 volunteers.
He praised the remarkable work of the volunteers and reminded everyone at the presentation ceremony that the local service for patients across parts of Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire offered a ‘gold standard’ in care and one which he hoped other Macmillan units around the country would follow.
“The Midhurst Macmillan service is leading the way with a new model of supportive and palliative care which allows patients to be treated in their place of choice by providing treatments such as blood transfusions and other medical procedures in their own homes.
“The volunteers are critical in enabling this to happen,” said Steve.
Thirty-four volunteers were awarded for levels of service varying from five to 20 years. Mutt Burnford, from Pulborough received his award for more than 21 years of volunteering.
Irvine Prince-Wright, from Haslemere was awarded for over 15 years of service:
“I get so much enjoyment and pleasure from being a volunteer and I feel like part of a family with Macmillan,” he said.
“I drive patients to hospital appointments and it’s lovely to be able to give something back now I’ve retired.”
Pat Buckley a volunteer from Lurgashall, who visits patients and also drives them to appointments said: “I feel really privileged to be part of Midhurst Macmillan and I’m proud to say what I do.”
In total there are more than 70 volunteers supporting the service in Midhurst, who have a wide variety of skills and help patients and relatives with anything from dog walking to shopping and outings, gardening, bereavement support, respite days and complementary therapy.
The Midhurst Macmillan service covers an area of 400 square miles. Call 01730 813884 for more details.