Waltham Forest nurses win award for helping baby with rare cancer

Jayne Delaney and Clare Churchman were awarded for their efforts in looking after an eleven-month-old baby with neuroblastoma

Left to right: Helen and her son Michael, Jayne (nurse) and Clare (nurse). Credit: NELFT

Two Waltham Forest children’s nurses won a charity ‘Hero Award’ for supporting a baby with cancer.

Jayne Delaney and Clare Churchman were nominated by Helen Duffy, mother of three-year-old Michael, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare type of childhood cancer when he was only eleven months old.

Helen, who presented the award along with a now healthy Michael, at the Christmas carols concert organised by the Solving Kids’ Cancer charity, said: “The clinical care that they provided was just one small part of what they did for us. They provided continuity, understanding and compassion.

“It meant the world to know that there was someone who understood what you’re going through, without explanation. Who rooted for your child as they went through treatment and could see them for who they are, rather than the cancer they have.

“There are no sufficient words to express our gratitude, and the debt is so much. We love them so much.”

Left to right: Clare (nurse), Helen and her son Michael, and Jayne (nurse). Credit: NELFT

Children’s community nurses in Waltham Forest provide nursing care to children and young people aged zero to 19 in their own homes in order to reduce attendance and admissions to hospital and expedite hospital discharge.

Children’s community nurse Jayne said: “Visiting Michael and his family was a real pleasure and to be on this journey with any family is a privilege. Seeing them go through the worst experience of their child’s life and making even a small difference is why we do the job”.

Clare said: “Receiving any sort of recognition for what our whole team does day to day was such a lovely surprise, but to receive it from one of our families was incredibly humbling. We have loved being with Michael and his family during this whole time and love to receive all the updates and milestones he reaches”.