Colorectal clinical nurse specialists Maria Lawson and Bernice Kent have won national awards for their inspirational work with bowel cancer patients.
Maria works for the Derriford Hospital NHS Trust and Bernice works at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital NHS Trust. They received their awards from the charity, Beating Bowel Cancer, at a conference today.
The Gary Logue Colorectal Nurse Awards were established by the charity in memory of one of Beating Bowel Cancer’s specialists nurse advisors, who sadly died in 2014. They aim to recognise those nurses who make a big difference to the lives of their bowel cancer patients.
The nurses were presented with their awards by Gary Logue’s partner, Cristian Leon, and Sir Christopher Pitchers at the National Colorectal Cancer Nurse Network Conference. Their award includes a £250 bursary each towards their professional development.
Maria said: “I feel honoured to receive the Gary Logue award and I have been overwhelmed by the nominations. I feel truly humbled to receive such positive feedback whilst doing a job that I truly love.”
Bernice agreed: “The nominations I have received have really touched me from the bottom of my heart. It’s an honour and privilege to know I have be able to make people feel safe and supported in some way when they are going through such a devastating and life changing period.”
In the UK around 41,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year. It is the UK’s second biggest cancer. However, if caught in its early stages, 90% of cases can be treated successfully. Around 95% of bowel cancer cases occur in people over 50, but it can affect anyone of any age.
Interim chief executive of Beating Bowel Cancer, Judith Brodie, said: “We’re thrilled to present Maria and Bernice with these awards. Their dedication to their work and willingness to go above and beyond for their patients is inspiring. They are role models for all those who work with cancer patients and greatly deserve this recognition.
“We wanted to say thank you for all the fantastic work they do to make lives better for bowel cancer patients and their families.”