Let’s celebrate cancer nurses!

Macmillan nurse Angela Sheldrick
Macmillan nurse Angela Sheldrick

Macmillan nurse Angela Sheldrick is totally dedicated to the patients in her care.

The advanced breast nurse practitioner at Milton Keynes Hospital said: “I love helping and supporting them and their families and just being there for them – whether it’s physically, emotionally, in the same room, over the phone, sitting with them quietly or giving them space – and knowing how I can help them cope.”

It’s 40 years since the first Macmillan nurse was apppointed and in the intervening decades thousands of cancer patients have benefited from their caring, dedicated and professional approach.

When Angela became a breast care nurse in 1998, she worked alongside one of that original intake and recalled: “She was a very experienced clinical nurse specialist and I was very envious of her Macmillan status when I started, then when I got adopted by Macmillan in 2003 I felt very proud.”

She added: “Being a Macmillan professional means having the backing of a powerful organisation that supports your role and allows you to access practical education and training that complements that available through the NHS.

“Macmillan has expanded greatly, particularly over the last decade, and there is more to be done to ensure that society is aware that we’re not just about end-of-life care.”

The charity also provides advice and support.

Angela is one of 40 Macmillan professionals in Milton Keynes where there are more than 6,500 (as at 2010) living with cancer. This is expected to rise to 15,600 by 2030.

To help fund the service, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning returns on Friday, September 25.

This year Macmillan is inviting everyone to help celebrate its 25th birthday and raise £25 million for people affected by cancer. Simply get together with friends, colleagues or neighbours for a fundraising coffee morning.

> Call 0300 1000 200 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee