Macmillan supports the young affected by cancer

By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 10 January 2014 Updated: 10/01 10:07

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JENNI Smith is the charity’s children and young people’s practitioner for the Redditch and Bromsgrove area.

This means she is funded by Macmillan to head a team of volunteers at the Primrose Hospice providing support to children before and after a bereavement.

As well as palliative care, the hospice also provides counselling and family support for adults, complementary therapy, a day hospice, carers at home and a Citizen’s Advice Bureau workers.

Jenni’s role is to offer practical help and meet the emotional needs of patients and their families, doing outreach work in schools and assisting after a bereavement with family and one-to-one sessions. This means working in partnership with a variety of people, including the team of volunteers, the hospice itself and Macmillan nurses.

“I was obviously aware of Macmillan before becoming a Macmillan professional, like many though I hadn’t realised the scope of their work and the variety of professional roles which they fund,” she said.

“To me, as for many others, Macmillan meant nurses, coffee mornings and sponsorship, but I have since discovered Macmillan is this and so much more.

“I feel privileged to be working for two organisations that have, and continue to, touch so many.”

A charity spokeswoman added: “Jenni’s help has made so much difference to the young people with whom she works.

Being able to offer understanding and support when they need it most is invaluable. Providing a listening ear, allowing children to be honest and open and giving them the opportunity to talk to someone outside the family is so important and means so much.

“Cancer is the toughest fight that many of us can face, that’s why it is important that the right team is in place to give appropriate support every step of the way.”

Visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call 0808 808 0000 to find out more about the work the charity does.

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