Bob­bie cel­e­brated for two decades of car­ing

Vol­un­teer recog­nised for work at can­cer cen­tre

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A CAR­ING vol­un­teer from Ick­en­ham has been recog­nised for her two decades of sup­port to a can­cer cen­tre.

Bob­bie Cass, 78, has been giv­ing up her time for the Yiewsley Com­mu­nity Can­cer Cen­tre since it first opened two decades ago.

She was put for­ward by cen­tre man­ager Bren Fisher for Hal­i­fax Bank’s Giv­ing Ex­tra Award, which recog­nises those who make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in com­mu­nity, and won.

Ms Fisher said: “We nom­i­nated Bob­bie be­cause ever since we’ve been here at the cen­tre, she has come in ev­ery week with­out fail.

“She’s helped so many can­cer pa­tients and their car­ers with all of her com­ple­men­tary ser­vices. She’s re­tired and she’s car­ried on work­ing, but she has al­ways con­tin­ued do­ing the ser­vices for us free of charge.

“She’s made such a big dif­fer­ence to so many peo­ple, she re­ally has.”

Bob­bie, who gives

the com­ple­men­tary re­flex­ol­ogy at the cen­tre, said: “I was sur­prised but also de­lighted to win a Hal­i­fax Giv­ing Ex­tra Award. It was such an hon­our to just be nom­i­nated, so I am hugely proud to have ac­tu­ally won.”

She will soon re­tire from a part-time com­mu­nity nurs­ing job but plans to carry on her vol­un­tary work.

She added: “I do it to help peo­ple be­cause I’m in awe of what peo­ple go through, with harsh can­cer treat­ments. It’s not only pa­tients, but the car­ers as well, and af­fects the whole fam­ily.

“I’d like to high­light the work of the com­mu­nity can­cer cen­tre as I’ve been blessed with good health so I’d like to give back.”

The cen­tre, in Fair­field Road, Yiewsley, pro­vides sup­port for any­one af­fected by can­cer.

It of­fers com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pies for pa­tients and car­ers, work­shops, a weekly coffee morn­ing, ‘MOT’ ses­sions specif­i­cally for men and evening sup­port ses­sions for those go­ing back to work.

Ms Fisher said: “We

it could not af­ford to do any of th­ese things with­out vol­un­teers.

“Bob­bie’s re­flex­ol­ogy helps to re­lieve stress and com­ple­ments the treat­ment pa­tients would be hav­ing, such as chemo­ther­apy. They work along­side each other so it does make a big dif­fer­ence for them.

“What’s so nice is, when they come in, it also gives them the op­por­tu­nity to talk at the same time.

“She’s a great lis­tener and a lovely, lovely per­son.”

Now in its third year, the Hal­i­fax Giv­ing Ex­tra Awards re­ward peo­ple who bring com­mu­ni­ties to­gether and help them thrive.

Char­ity fundrais­ers, sports coaches, com­mu­nity vol­un­teers and many more have been recog­nised for the con­tri­bu­tion they make.

The awards are part of Lloyds Bank­ing Group’s ‘am­bi­tion to help Bri­tain pros­per’.

n ‘LOVELY PER­SON’: Hal­i­fax com­mu­nity am­bas­sador Dal Si­hota with Bob­bie Cass

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