Over the course of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month (PCAM) you may have seen us tweeting and Facebook-ing that our team were out and about around the country, manning 'PCAM Stands' at specialists centres and hospitals. We're a small team but between us (and our lovely Voices helpers) we managed to get as far North as Leeds, whilst covering hospitals in London, Oxford and Cambridge…all in the name of raising awareness of pancreatic cancer.
"On the 5th November we were at Nottingham, Queens Medical Centre; right inside the front door, so the amount of traffic was huge. There were two nurses (Andy and Ryan), plus one of our Voices, Cliff volunteered and was brilliant! Ryan was also helped by Sheila, the wife of a former patient who took the day off to lend a hand! They made a huge amount of cakes: over £200 was raised! We had about 130 visitors to the stand, and even though a lot of these were buying cakes, several people did comment on the fact that they had known someone that had had pancreatic cancer.
It was a great day - great buzz, and great atmosphere. Some of the doctors from the ward came to see us, and some of Ryan's colleagues, endoscopy nurses, ultrasound nurses, pathologists etc…Most of these also took literature. I met a breast surgeon who had completed a 10k run for us a few weeks ago, as a friend had died from pancreatic cancer.
On Thursday 8th November we were off to Addenbrookes, Cambridge where we had around 43 visits to the stand, more interest in literature and lots of discussion about the disease. The stand was manned by my daughter Micah, volunteering for the day, and I, Lena and Sally, two nurses at Addenbrookes helped out and lots of their medical team visited. Some good conversations and a lot of info handed out.
To see more photos from our PCAM stands around the UK, head to our Facebook page!