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Cancer nurse given award for transforming lives 'in her career and wider community'

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A specialist nurse has been awarded for her work in “transforming lives” in her career and wider community.

Macmillan lung cancer lead nurse specialist, Venencia – known as Vee – Sibanda, who is based at Wigan’s Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, was named as the Woman of Purpose 2018 at the Be It Purpose Excellence Recognition Awards.

“I am absolutely delighted that a member of our nursing staff has received such a prestigious award”

Pauline Law

The nurse, who works at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, was presented her award at the Hilton London Canary Wharf last month.

Ms Sibanda cares for lung cancer patients and is also co-founder and treasurer of the Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Association in Liverpool. Her passion for the association comes due to her two, now grown-up sons, being born with sickle cell anaemia.

“Many medical professionals have no knowledge of what sickle cell disease is, so I am heavily involved in service development for children with this condition at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital as well as involved in the transition period of these patients from Alder Hey to the Royal Liverpool and Broad Green Hospitals,” said Ms Sibanda.

The nurse also educates mothers, many from Northern and Central Africa, who have very little knowledge of sickle cell and teaches them about how to avoid their children getting “repeated sickle cell crisis.

In addition, Ms Sibanda works to assist parents completing forms for claiming for children’s disability living allowance and helps to write appeal letters when they are denied benefits, and occasionally accompanies them to tribunals.

To assist with the treatment of the disease and service development for children with sickle cell anaemia, the nurse also makes visits to Parirenyatwa hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe.

“The Woman of Purpose Award is given on merit of humanitarianism, philanthropy, and work within the wider community”

Tee Davies

Pauline Law, director of nursing at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh, is “delighted” that a member of their nursing staff has won such a prestigious award.

She said: “Being recognised as a person who transforms lives is a huge accolade which clearly demonstrates the type of person that Vee is and why we are so proud to have her working with us.”

Tee Davies, chief executive and founder of Women of Purpose who run the awards said they recognised Ms Sibanda for not only the work she does as a nurse, but also how she helps within the community.

“Vee is recognised, among many, as a person that transforms people’s lives by being a Macmillan lead lung cancer specialist nurse, dealing with all the complexities of lung cancer from diagnosis throughout the lung cancer trajectory,” added Ms Davies.

The Woman of Purpose Award is given on merit of humanitarianism, philanthropy, and work within the wider community. It celebrated people from all over the world that have pushed limits to do both purpose and humanity proud, she said.

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