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Young Macmillan Champion’s Royal invite

A Macmillan Information and Support Centre Coordinator at Pinderfields Hospital, in Wakefield, has received an official invitation from HRH the Prince of Wales to attend a reception for Macmillan Cancer Support at Buckingham Palace in January.

Laura Adamson, a Macmillan Information and Support Centre Coordinator, based in the Macmillan Centre on floor D at Pinderfields Hospital, this year won the Young Macmillan Champion Award for the North of England and has now received her official invitation to Buckingham palace from the patron of Macmillan Cancer Support - HRH the Prince of Wales.

The Young Macmillan Champion Award recognises exceptional volunteers aged 25 years and under who are advocates of Macmillan's work.

Laura’s journey towards her current role started back in 2014, when she joined her local Macmillan fundraising team. She was compelled to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, following the care her Mum received from Macmillan during her bowel cancer illness. Her Mum sadly passed away in 2012 and Laura has attended many fundraising events and bucket collections since then, to ensure people affected by cancer have the support they need.

In 2016, she then joined the Macmillan Cancer team at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust by volunteering part time at the Macmillan Centre on floor D at Pinderfields Hospital, until she secured a full time role as Macmillan Centre Coordinator at the beginning of this year.

Laura Adamson, said; “I am extremely honoured to be invited to Buckingham Palace to meet HRH the Prince of Wales in January. I thoroughly enjoy my role and I have met some truly inspiring and brave people throughout my work.

“I was absolutely thrilled to have been selected as the winner of the Young Macmillan Champion Award for the North of England. I am so thankful to everyone involved in nominating and selecting me as a winner which has given me this opportunity to attend Buckingham Palace.”

Laura, along with her colleagues and the volunteers at the Macmillan Cancer Support pod on floor D at Pinderfields Hospital, have had 2,338 contacts with patients this year alone.

Kimberley Priestley, Macmillan Information Manager at Pinderfields Hospital, said; “Laura is a very compassionate individual, who goes above and beyond for patients and their families, to ensure they have the information and support they need. She is very deserving of the award and I am extremely proud to have her as a member of my team.”

For anyone needing support or simply wanting to speak to the Macmillan team, they can call 01924 546072 or email Macmillan.Infocentre@midyorks.nhs.uk. The centre is open 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday at Pinderfields Hospital, and the team also host clinics at Dewsbury and District Hospital on Thursdays and at Pontefract Hospital on Fridays.