Catering Manager receives an Award for Outstanding Contribution to Volun


On Thursday 24 November I was invited to attend The Hillingdon Volunteer Awards 2016 as a nominee. I was genuinely surprised when my name was announced as winner of ‘Health & Wellbeing’ category.

Here is a photograph of me collecting my awards and certificate of recognition for ‘Outstanding contribution as a volunteer’.

I became involved in 2009 when I saw an advertisement in the local paper ‘It will change my life’ looking for volunteers to become befrienders to those who have been newly diagnosed with Cancer.

A befriender is someone to talk to, someone to listen, to offer support, to share your feelings and experiences. For me it was an opportunity to help others feel more positive, stronger and courageous and to learn to live with their cancer. A bit like a guardian angel I believe.

One of my patients was a young girl who was diagnosed with lung cancer at the age of 30 (having never smoked). I introduced her to other cancer patients - some of the most amazing and inspirational people I know. This I believe lifted her spirits and gave her the strength and determination to fight her illness as well as the will to live as full a life as possible with the support and love of her wonderful family and close friends before she passed away a few months ago.

I also run a ‘Back to work’ group for those who have been diagnosed with cancer and have gone back to work after/during treatment. Some patients still like support and stability through these difficult times. The group meets on the first Thursday of each month at the Community Cancer Centre where a light supper is provided.  We focus on health and wellbeing and any issues that the members wish to discuss. For further information and support visit


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