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Garden scheme funds new cancer nurses

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Four new specialist cancer nurse posts have been funded through a charity scheme that allows the public to look round private gardens.

Money from the National Gardens Scheme has paid for four new Macmillan nursing posts, the cancer charity has announced.

The scheme opens around 3,700 gardens to the public. Most are privately-owned and are only open via the scheme for a couple of days a year.

A long-standing partnership between the two organisations has seen more than £14.2m donated to Macmillan since 1985.

One of the four new posts is at University Hospitals of Leicester Trust, where Annie Law has been appointed as a Macmillan acute oncology advanced nurse practitioner.

Ms Law said: “I’d like to say thanks to everyone who visited an NGS garden last year – your donations have enabled me to support people affected by cancer in Leicester, so they don’t have to face the worry of a cancer diagnosis alone.”

Two of other posts are Sharon Hulley, a skin cancer clinical nurse specialist at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, and Rhoslun Morris, a colorectal specialist oncology nurse based at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant.

A Macmillan spokeswoman said it had received funding for a fourth post but was yet to appoint a nurse.

National Gardens Scheme chief executive George Plumptre said: “We are delighted to see our funding go towards such invaluable services for people affected by cancer.”

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  • Thank God for that. We need loads more and for every general nurse to have palliative care training, to say nothing about the Drs who need traing in that area also

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