Assistant Branch Secretary Maxine Sumner-Powell alongside UNISON members Craig Simmons and Lee Ashton have raised over £2000 in aid of St Lukes Hospice and Cancer Research by running a tuck shop at Shepcote Lane Custody Suite!
St Luke’s Hospice look after people over 18 from across the Sheffield region, with all kinds of terminal illnesses, including end stage neurological, heart, kidney and lung conditions, cancer and HIV. Each year, they help around 1,800 patients – some of them come to the hospice but many more are looked after at home by their team of community nurses, who help treat and alleviate pain, support and counsel and in some cases, help patients to die at home, if that’s what they want. Most people want to die at home, and we help to enable that to happen if we can. It’s not just patients that they help either – they extend support, counselling and practical help to family members too.
Over the last 40 years, cancer survival in the UK has doubled. In the 1970s just 1 in 4 people survived their disease for 10 years or more. Today 2 in 4 survive.
Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress and see 3 in 4 patients surviving the disease by 2034.