THE invaluable work of volunteers has been praised by a politician.
Easington MP Grahame Morris visited the Macmillan Cancer Support and Information Centre, in Peterlee’s Castle Dene Shopping Centre, to present awards to the centre’s volunteers who help people cope with cancer.
He hailed them as the “backbone” of the organisation, who do “tremendous” work to help people suffering from the illness.
Mr Morris has been out visiting other volunteer groups in east Durham as part of national Volunteering Week.
He said: “Volunteering Week celebrates volunteering in all its forms. I think they do terrific work.
“All these people at the Macmillan Cancer Support Centre have been involved in volunteering for at least five years.
“They are the backbone of the organisation and there is tremendous work supporting people with cancer.”
He added that caring was “very much a part of the social fabric of East Durham.”
The volunteers help sufferers right across the district from their base in Peterlee.
The Macmillan centre is based above Boots in the shopping centre and runs a variety of services.
These include providing the meeting point for the East Durham Snowdrops cancer support group, on the second Monday of every month.
There’s also a library, Jessica’s Headwear Service, to help suffers cope with hair loss, welfare rights information, de-stress and relaxation sessions, art classes for people affected by cancer, survivorship advice sessions for people living beyond cancer and bereavement counselling.
For more information about the centre’s services, call 587 4500.