Can­cer pa­tient is given award

Stockport Times West - - STEPPING HILL -

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)

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