Ground Breaking Cancer Project In Scilly Wins National Award

Emma Wright (centre) with Amanda Nadin (left) and  Anna Burton (right)

Emma Wright (centre) with Amanda Nadin (left) and Anna Burton (right)

A cancer charity campaigner has won a national award for her ground breaking project in Scilly.

Last March, Emma Wright led a team of Macmillan professionals, fundraisers, and cancer information specialists in the first islands-based open day devoted to the condition.

The visiting experts included head of cancer services in Cornwall and Scilly, Bryson Pottinger and Kathryn Radcliffe, the lead cancer nurse at Treliske Hospital.

The collaborative approach was Emma’s idea and was well received with over forty people attending the Town Hall event.

Emma says she wanted to find out what it woud be like to have a cancer diagnosis in Scilly or to care for someone facing the disease on the islands.

Her team heard some “shocking and eye opening stories about the difficulties for people with cancer.”

Emma says the event was a first step in learning about the islands’ challenges and Macmillan is determined to do what it can to support the islands better.

They’re exploring help with accommodation for people who require mainland treatment and looking into providing support for islanders through Skype.

Macmillan is also fundraising to build a new support centre at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, to be known as The Cove.

Emma was presented with the national Macmillan ‘Working with Services 2014’ award last week. That trophy is offered to an individual who has bridged the gap between their fundraising teams and Macmillan professionals.

Emma says that islanders can access help and support on cancer issues, whether medical or financial, on their free helpline. You can call 0808 808 0000 between Monday and Friday 9am to 8pm.



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