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Cancer Nurse recognised as ‘Woman of Purpose 2018’

Newsdate: 20 November 2018 

A specialist nurse from Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust has been named as The Woman of Purpose 2018 at this year’s BIPER (Be It Purpose Excellence Recognition) Awards

Macmillan Lung Cancer Lead Nurse Specialist, Venencia (Vee) Sibanda, who is based at Wigan’s Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, was presented with her award at the Hilton London Canary Wharf, last month for her work in transforming lives both in her career and wider community.

In her role Vee cares for lung cancer patients throughout their diagnosis and treatment and is also co-founder and treasurer of The Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Association in Liverpool, a passion 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,” says Vee.

“I educate mothers, many of whom are from Northern and Central Africa who have very little knowledge about sickle cell and how to avoid their children getting repeated sickle cell crisis.

“I help complete forms correctly when claiming for the children’s disability living allowance and help them write appeal letters when they are denied benefits, sometimes I accompany them to the tribunals.”

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

Pauline Law, Director of Nursing for WWL, said: “I am absolutely delighted that a member of our nursing staff has received such a prestigious award. 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, CEO and Founder of who run the awards said: “We recognised Vee, not just for what she does as a nurse, but also for many more other things she does within the community at large.

“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.

“The Woman of Purpose Award is given on merit of humanitarianism, philanthropy, and work within the wider community, recognising and celebrating people all over the world from all walks of life that have pushed limits against all odds to do both purpose and humanity proud.”