Bobbie celebrated for two decades of caring
Volunteer recognised for work at cancer centre
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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