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VOLUNTEERS from a cancer support centre were honoured as part of an awareness week.

The Macmillan Information and Support Centre, in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, held a celebration lunch during National Volunteers’ Week.

It celebrated 11 volunteers who completed a Supportive Listening course to enable them to provide emotional support to people affected by cancer.

Macmillan Long Service Awards were also presented to Fiona Bucknall, Lesley Rosenthal, Maureen Jordan, Shirley Williams and Christina Preston – five volunteers who collectively have given 30 years’ service to the centre.

Sinead Parry, the centre’s manager, said: ‘Volunteers week is a chance for us to say thank you to all our centre volunteers. We have more than 60 volunteers providing services to people affected by cancer.

‘We would not be able to provide the range of services without them, such as complementary therapies, counselling, running workshops and providing a warm welcome, and someone to talk to during their treatment.

‘We value their time and contribution, which really does make a difference.’

The Macmillan Centre has been developed as a joint venture between Macmillan Cancer Support and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, to ensure that people affected by cancer have access to good quality, comprehensive and appropriate information and support.