Bolton Cancer Info Service honoured for life-changing work

A Bolton-based Information and Support Service has been recognised for its inspirational work supporting people living with cancer in the area.

Awards host, Victoria Derbyshire, presented Bolton’s Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service with their award at the prestigious 2018 Macmillan Excellence Awards, held at The Birmingham Hilton Metropole Hotel.

The awards, which are now in their seventh year, were developed to celebrate the outstanding work carried out by Macmillan health and social care professionals across the country. The event recognised excellence in three areas: service improvement, innovation and integration.

Bolton’s Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service, along with its partner organisations Bolton Hospice, Bolton People affected by Cancer Group, Bolton NHS CCG, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and Bolton Council, was nominated for the Integration Excellence category.

They were recognised and rewarded for creating exciting new initiatives, products and services, and for improving the quality and experience of care for people living with cancer.



Pictured from left to right: Victoria Derbyshire – Awards Host, Sue Summerfield-Bolton Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service Manager, Sara Wiper-Macmillan Benefits Adviser, Joanne Eyles – Bolton Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service Assistant, Graham Gough Macmillan volunteer and Bolton PAC member, Sue Brown- Principal Officer – Welfare Rights at Bolton Council, Jodie Griffiths– Bolton Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service Assistant, Janet Keegan- Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, Kelly Gordon- Bolton Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service Deputy Manager, Dr.(h.c.) Leigh Vallance Chief Executive Bolton Hospice, Jan Bolton Macmillan Social Worker & panel member.


Since the service launched in 2015, following a local campaign for an information and support centre in Bolton, the Macmillan team have had almost 13,000 contacts, supporting people affected by cancer. More than 400 people have attended health and wellbeing events, the benefits advisor has secured £4million in extra benefits, and the team have also accessed almost £153,000 in Macmillan grants, for people affected by cancer.

Sue Summerfield, Manager of the service, which is based at Royal Bolton Hospital, Bolton One and Giles House at Bolton Hospice, said: “The core success of the project comes down to the fact all the partners have a shared vision. They are committed for different reasons, but they all want the same results: an improved experience for people living with cancer with more positive outcomes as a result. That’s what is really important.”

Macmillan professionals and representatives from their service partner organisations attended the awards ceremony, which are a perfect opportunity to recognise and thank pioneering teams and individuals who deliver the highest standards of care for people living with cancer.

Last year more than 300 Macmillan professionals as well as representatives from Macmillan and leading healthcare institutions attended the awards ceremony.

For support, information or if you have any questions, call Bolton Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service on 01204 663 059. Alternatively contact Macmillan Cancer Support free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit



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