Cancer patient is given award
A VOLUNTEER who runs a cancer support group for patients in Stockport has won an award for his outstanding commitment.
Colin Jackson from Reddish has won the Richard Hambro Award from Macmillan Cancer Support for running the Stockport Upper GastroIntestinal Cancer Support Group for the past four years.
Gastro-intestinal cancers include those of the oesophagus, small intestine, and liver.
As the group’s chairman, Colin has been praised for being an excellent organiser and an enthusiastic and friendly leader.
As well as running meetings, he organises fundraisers such as concerts, plant sales and raffles.
Next month he will be taking part in a sponsored zip-wire challenge with his son and grandson.
Like other members of the group, Colin has suffered from stomach cancer, and is able to share his experiences to help others.
Colin is also a patient representative on the Manchester Cancer Upper GI Board for people diagnosed with upper GI cancer in Greater Manchester.
The Stockport Upper GI Cancer Support Group is run with the support of Stepping Hill Hospital’s cancer team.
It meets every other month for talks by health professionals or to discuss topics of common interest.
Anyone interested in the group should email louise.porritt@stockport. nhs.uk.
From left, Bart Decadt, Stepping Hill consultant surgeon, who led Colin’s cancer operation, Colin Jackson and Julie Aitkin (Macmillan development manager)