Sunderland cancer support team hailed for their ‘amazing’ work

GREAT WORK: Members of The team from the Macmillan Support Centre, from left, Sam Muhsian, Julie Henderson, Deborah Spraggon (manager), Jean Ogleby, Dorothy Rasmussen and Alethea Ferry.
GREAT WORK: Members of The team from the Macmillan Support Centre, from left, Sam Muhsian, Julie Henderson, Deborah Spraggon (manager), Jean Ogleby, Dorothy Rasmussen and Alethea Ferry.
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A COMPASSIONATE medical team has been praised for the outstanding help it gives to cancer sufferers.

Deborah Spraggon and the 26-strong Cancer Information Support Service spend every day offering help, support and hope to vulnerable people, who often have a terminal condition.

They helped me to accept the greatest shock of my life.

The team, based at Sunderland Royal Hospital, has become the latest entrant in this year’s city Best of Health competition.

Deborah, the Macmillan support manager, described the nomination as “absolutely amazing.

“When I went to tell the team, there was complete silence and then they all said ‘really?’

“It just shows how many people appreciate all that we do, and we certainly appreciate them.” This is a team which handles up to 700 enquiries a month. It can be anything from helping ladies to choose a bandana to cover their hair loss, to arranging a short-notice wedding, where a patient has had a sad diagnosis.

One nomination for the service read: “They helped me to accept the greatest shock of my life.”

It added: “They saved a very vulnerable life.”

Another said: “Deborah runs, in my opinion, one of the best Cancer Support Centres in the country offering help and support to cancer patients, their carers and families.”

The unit’s services also include courses on survivorship, masterclasses on feeling better, helping women to put make-up on, benefit advice, counselling, and complimentary therapies.

The Best of Health awards have already had some impressive entries but we want even more. So whether it’s your favourite GP, an outstanding nurse or a popular carer, there’s a category for all parts of our health profession.

All entries must be received by Friday, March 20. After that, judges will meet around a week later to narrow down the field.

And all those who make it to the shortlist will be invited to the finals at the Stadium of Light on Thursday, April 16.

•Enter your nominations here: www.jpne-events.co.uk/best-of-health.