Local Prostate Cancer Support Group wins 'Best Practice' award
The Worcestershire Prostate Cancer support group has won an award for best practice awarded by Prostate Cancer UK.
The award was presented on 19January 2016 at a ceremony at Kidderminster Town Hall to Mr Adel Makar, Worcestershire Lead Cancer Clinician and President of the support group.
Mr Makar, a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said “I am privileged to be associated with the fantastic work done by the Support Group in raising awareness of prostate cancer and helping patients and families affected”.
The group was recognised for the services they offer their members, including the buddy scheme where people affected by prostate cancer can be matched up with people who have been through treatment already. There are around 30 buddies who have all attended a course run by Macmillan, which gives them the skills to provide practical and emotional support. The group also arrange evening meetings with specialist speakers.
The group, founded in 2000 by Mary Symons, a nurse adviser, now has over 400 members and is the biggest in the country. It is run by volunteers, who actively fundraise as well as offering support. The group has also donated £15,000 to the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s Rory the Robot appeal, to buy robotic equipment for prostate cancer surgery. They are currently working towards their goal of another £5,000 donation later this year.
If you would like to be involved or need help and support then visit www.kidderminsterpcsg.com.