Have a cuppa for Macmillan on Friday

Macmillan Nurse Gloria O'Connor, Sperrin Unit, Altnagelvin Hospital.Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography
Macmillan Nurse Gloria O'Connor, Sperrin Unit, Altnagelvin Hospital.Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

An Altnagelvin based Macmillan nurse is encouraging as many people as possible to take part in the charity’s coffee morning with Marks and Spencer on Friday.

Gloria O’Connor is a familiar face in Altnagelvin Hospital, having worked there for over 30 years.

She is currently a Macmillan Colorectal Cancer Nurse Specialist, working with patients suffering from bowel cancer.

Born and bred in Derry, in 2011 Gloria was awarded the Royal College of Nursing’s (RCN) Nursing Research Award for her work in colorectal cancer and has completed a PhD in Nursing Research.

“The role of Macmillan’s ‘Clinical Nurse Specialists’, as we are called, is to provide dedicated advice and care in a specialised area to patients and their families,” said Gloria.

“My job is to be there to support patients throughout their cancer journey right from the time of diagnosis, whatever path that may take.

“My post is funded by Macmillan, and in fact more specifically, by all the money raised by Marks and Spencer during their annual Macmillan Coffee Morning.

“It’s amazing to think it’s as simple as their customers dropping in for a quick tea or bun that helps fund this vital role. This year’s Coffee Morning takes place on September 26 and I would encourage as many people as possible to call in to M&S in Foyleside or Crescent Link and donate whatever they can.

“It will make a real difference to people suffering from bowel cancer in the North West.”