Heroes award

Birmingham Mail Local Heroes Award



It’s not just the brave men and women . of

Birmingham who deserve our thanks - every day
charities and vo

organisations are busy making our lives and the lives of the less fortunate that little bit easier.



For parents some of the worst

 possible news is that your child has been diagnosed with cancer. But at the Society of Parents of Children with Cancer, workers and volunteers are always there to lend a helping hand.

The Charity’s Pauline Cowley and her volunteers work tirelessly at the  Oncology unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital to ensure that families and children are given the best possible support when coping with the


Small wonder they have been named Local Heroes.

She said “It’s terrific to have won this award. It really is great to get the recognition, it means such a lot to us.

Our job is basically to support the families who have children been treated in the unit. We run a kiosk which provides snacks and drinks for the

families arid that’s quite a good way to get involved so we can start the support process”

The charity also has a seaside caravan to provide a space for rest and relaxation for the children and their families as well as a van to help people to get to appointments and to take families on day trips.

One of the cornerstones of the charity is all the people involved themselves had  children with cancer-giving them clear insight into challenges faced.

“We understand what they are talking about and what they’re going through” said Pauline, whose daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumour aged just ten! But who has now made a full recovery and is living a full and active adult life.

By Will Oliphant

Birmingham Mail