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North West cancer support group awarded Queen's highest honour

Chairman Chris Curtis and wife Sharon attending Royal Garden Party Credit: The Swallows

The Swallows Head and Neck Support Group have announced that they have been awarded “The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service”, the highest honour for Voluntary Groups.

This award is a tribute to a team of past and present volunteers, trustees and patrons who have given support to those affected by head and neck cancer in Blackpool, the Fylde and across the UK.

The group was set up in 2010 and attained full charity status in 2012. It is run by patients, carers, family and friends, so everyone understands the problems faced after a diagnosis of head and neck cancer.

The group offers a 24-hour Help Line, 365 days a year with additional monthly patient & carers meetings and signposting toother services if required.

Over the past 18 months the group have been able to provide various equipment and support to local hospitals which assists in both diagnosis and treatment.

The Swallows were able to provide funding of £30,000 towards the purchase of a state of the art Ultrasound scanner for the ENT Department of Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Chairman Chris Curtis and his wife, Sharon, attended the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, London and on Wednesday, 27th September, Chris and a select number of the volunteers will be presented with the awardby the Lord Chamberlain at Preston County Hall.

"Winning the Queen's Award is an honour and testament to all the hard work of our volunteers, trustees and patrons. I am delighted that their work has been recognised.

Without them and the support of the local community, we would not have been able to achieve the success and raise awareness of this cancer.

On a personal note, I can’t believe that it is Cancer to the Palace in 6 years WOW what a journey!''

– Chris Curtis, Chairman of The Swallows

The charity are also finalists in the North West Charity Awards which will be held on the 11th October in Manchester.