Over 30 members of staff and volunteers at The Christie have been recognised for collectively dedicating more than 670 years to the specialist cancer centre.

The Christie’s annual long service awards ceremony was held to thank those who have had 20 or 30 years continuous service. 

The awards also recognised volunteers with more than 10 years continuous service.

Some of those recognised at the ceremony included equality and diversity administrator Diana Nowak from Higher Openshaw in Manchester. Diana, 50, joined the Trust 21 years ago initially working in the recruitment team, she now works in the equality and diversity team supporting the valuable work Christie staff do by promoting annual events such as the NHS Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week.

She said: “Since joining 21 years ago I have seen the Trust grow, both in numbers of staff and the number of patients we treat. In my time here I have been lucky to have met and worked with wonderful people and been part of a diverse team which goes from strength to strength.

I thoroughly enjoy showcasing how Christie staff work together to provide the best care for patients and support our staff. I also enjoy engaging with the local community through The Christie’s involvement in ethnic minority groups and cancer awareness events.

A number of Christie volunteers also received awards the event for continually going above and beyond and for providing an invaluable service across the organisation. 

Around 300 volunteers currently help at The Christie doing a range of jobs including giving out library books on the wards, escorting patients and visitors to different departments and serving refreshments.

Volunteer Janice Moss, from Hale in Manchester, received an award for providing over 10 years continuous volunteering services. Janice decided to become a volunteer as a way of giving something back to The Christie after she was treated here for breast cancer 20 years ago.

She said: “I do whatever volunteering is needed when I’m here at The Christie. That can mean directing patients, helping out with administrative tasks or working in the May Draper tea bar. I really enjoy the time I spend volunteering, I’ve met some wonderful people and it is a very rewarding thing to do. I also enjoy fundraising for the charity and am the chairperson of the Altrincham and Sale fundraising group for The Christie.”

To receive this award is a lovely gesture. I don’t need thanks for doing this job as it is my pleasure to be able to give back to the hospital that saved my life but it is wonderful to be acknowledged for the work I do.

Chief Executive at The Christie, Roger Spencer, said: “It makes us very proud to recognise the long–standing support and hard work of so many of our staff and volunteers. That level of continuity is vital in helping us progress our services and our patients benefit massively from their dedication. They all thoroughly deserve this recognition.”