Legendary Hospital Coffee Morning does it again!

Every year the Specialist Palliative Care Team at DBHT pull out all the stops at Doncaster hospital to host their Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

The team have been hosting their Coffee Morning for the last five years and have raised over £10,000.

Stacey Nutt, is the Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse, she heads up the team and said:

“A lot of work goes into pulling our Macmillan Coffee Morning together but it’s always worth the blood, sweat and tears on the day.

“All morning a steady stream of colleagues, patients and visitors drop in to support us for a great cause, we want to thank everyone who bought a bun or donated some goodies.

“It all adds up and this year we raised almost £2000 for Macmillan.

“We have to give special thanks to Jo Gilleard, PA to the Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse and Specialist Palliative Care Team, she commits a lot of her own time to making the event run smoothly.”

Paul McCavana is Macmillan’s Head of Services for the North and attended this year, he said:

“One of the perks of my job is that I get to visit so many brilliant Coffee Mornings and this really is one of the best.

“People were pouring through the door all morning, whether to buy a cake or a raffle ticket, everyone wanted to do their bit, the atmosphere was great.

“Macmillan are 100% funded through donations so without the generosity of the public we just wouldn’t exist”

Macmillan funding goes towards things like the recently opened Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service, based in the outpatients department, and is proving to be an invaluable addition to the support offered for people affected by cancer in the town.

On average staff at the Macmillan service are speaking to over 300 people each month, supporting them on a wide range of issues from managing symptoms, the side effects of cancer treatment, financial advice and bereavement.  Macmillan have invested over £200,000 in the new service.

David Purdue, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

“Having a diagnosis of cancer is life changing and comes with anxiety and uncertainty. It is important that we don’t just think about providing excellent care and treatment but also provide excellent support to our patients and their carers throughout every step of their cancer journey.

“The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service is a fantastic addition to the cancer services we already provide at DBHT and provides a comfortable environment to go and seek support from someone who can make it feel a little less daunting.”

People who live in Doncaster can call the Macmillan service directly for support and advice on 01302 796 853.

Macmillan continues to work in partnership with Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), who run the Macmillan Living Well Service in Doncaster, and Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.