Local MP, Stephen Lloyd has visited Eastbourne DGH to meet some Macmillan professionals based at the hospital, as well as local Macmillan fundraising leads.
The Macmillan cancer charity supports and helps people affected by cancer. In total there are more than 40 Macmillan nurses, Allied Health Professionals, and cancer support workers at the Trust. The vast majority are employed by the Trust with Macmillan having funded the first two years of each post.
Stephen Lloyd MP said: “I was enormously impressed to discover for myself, just how much the highly regarded Macmillan Cancer charity are investing into our local hospital. This is very gratifying for those who are being treated for cancer locally, but it’s also a tribute to the many residents of our town who put in so much voluntary effort to raise funds for Macmillan.”
Rose Errington, Oncology Specialist Nurse Practitioner said: “We were pleased to be able to explain to Mr Lloyd the valuable support we get from Macmillan, and how they help support the variety of services we offer across East Sussex to people with cancer. We would thank Macmillan for their ongoing support and funding provision for new posts.”
Tom Carter, Macmillan Partnership Quality Lead said: ‘Macmillan are delighted to work in ever-closer partnership with ESHT. We are committed to supporting the Trust’s fantastic Macmillan professionals in developing and delivering services, which will help those in the area affected by cancer, live life as fully as they can.”
Stephen met; Frances Jones, fifteen years into her role as Breast Cancer Nurse Specialist; Karen Alyward, celebrating 10 years as counselling services lead; Maggie Barrett, Gynaecology Nurse Specialist and Dietitian, Penny Kay. They all gave a brief overview of their roles supporting and helping people affected by cancer. The Macmillan fundraising leads talked about the work of the charity and the success of local fundraising. They have committed to fund £445,000 for the establishment of new healthcare professional posts at across the Trust over the coming years.