The region’s primary cancer charity is further bolstering its efforts to help prevent cancer in the local community with the appointment of an additional Cancer Champion.
Registered Nurse Helen Davies joins the LiveLife Cancer Awareness team at Lingen Davies Cancer Fund as its new Powys Cancer Champion Coordinator – to focus on raising awareness about cancer throughout Powys.
The charity currently supports patients in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Mid Wales as they go through treatment at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital’s Lingen Davies Cancer Centre. The launch of its LiveLife Awareness Service builds on the charity’s mission to not only support patients and their families as they go through treatment and beyond, but also to support the wider community and spread awareness about the signs and symptoms of cancer, encouraging people to raise concerns with GPs and bring about early diagnosis wherever possible.
Lingen Davies has been selected by NHS Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, to deliver a parcel of work as part of a national Core 20+ scheme to address health inequalities in the 20% most deprived areas of the country. Working in partnership with Oswestry based community charity Qube, two Cancer Champion Coordinators were appointed to recruit volunteers throughout the area and train them to have day to day conversations with peers, raising awareness about cancer and encouraging people to attend cancer screening invitations.
Helen, the new Powys Cancer Champion Coordinator, has been appointed by Lingen Davies to further the valuable and successful work so far rolled out by the wider Core 20+ scheme.
Miranda Ashwell, LiveLife Project Lead for Lingen Davies, said creating the new role to focus on Powys was a large step forward for the charity and its reach into Powys.
“We’ve been supporting patients at The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital from across the region for many years and we launched the LiveLife Service to help people in the wider community. We want to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of cancer and we are delighted to have appointed Helen to this role working throughout Powys.
“Helen has a wealth of experience and as a registered Nurse is well-placed to help people at the many events and community organisations in Powys. By recruiting others to act as Cancer Champions we intend to create a network of people trained to engage with their peers and raise awareness about cancer and the importance of attending cancer screening invitations.”
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