SUPPORTING the families of those affected by a life-limiting illness is one of the most rewarding parts of working in a hospice.
So says Helen Smith, who is a coordinator for Macmillan at the Shottery-based Shakespeare Hospice.
Macmillan recently revealed six teenagers and young adults are diagnosed with cancer each day. Even more have to care for a loved one with the disease.
Helen has chosen to speak out about her role, which sees her support local younger people affected by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.
She said: “We’re currently supporting an eight-year-old boy whose mum was diagnosed with breast cancer. We invited him to join our young carers group which allows him to socialise with other young people and to meet others who are in a similar situation.
“It also gives him the opportunity to have some fun and go on trips and outings which he was not able to do with his family due to financial reasons and his mum’s illness.
“It’s really exciting being associated with both charities and I really love my job. No one should have to face cancer alone.”
Those interested in volunteering for the charities or donating can visit macmillan.org.uk or www.theshakespearehospice.org.uk to find out more.