Estelle Le Gaillot honoured for supporting cancer patients at the Macmillan Centre
Estelle Le Galliot supports a patient remotely
A cancer support worker based at St. George's Hospital has been awarded a top honour by the BBC.
Estelle Le Galliot, the Macmillan Health & Wellbeing Coordinator at the Tooting hospital, has been recognised at this year's BBC Radio London 'Make a Difference' Awards, for her outstanding work supporting cancer patients throughout the pandemic.
Winning in the 'Key Worker' category, Estelle was chosen from hundreds of nominations thanks to her "whatever it takes" attitude and determination to be there for local cancer patients, their carers and loved ones, despite the numerous challenges posed by Covid.
When the St George's Macmillan Centre had to close its doors in March 2020, Estelle came up with numerous innovative ways to ensure patients in the area could continue to access vital cancer support. From launching a YouTube channel to interactive information posters, online laughing yoga sessions to chemotherapy 'comfort kits', the judges decided that she went above and beyond in every sense.
Estelle said, "It was such a humbling experience to be recognised. I am so grateful to all the colleagues and friends who supported me and helped so wholeheartedly, at a time when we were all challenged in many different ways.
"I feel very privileged to be able to go the extra mile to support our cancer patients and their loved ones at the most difficult time of their lives."
Janice Minter, St George's Assistant Chief Nurse, who attended the event with Estelle, added, "Estelle is a pleasure to work with and her passion to improve the experience of those effected by cancer is inspirational.
"It is fabulous that her hard work has been recognised in such an immense way, particularly the amazing work she did during the pandemic ensuring all our patients had access to support in different ways that suited them".
The awards ceremony, hosted by BBC Radio London presenters Gaby Roslin and Eddie Nestor MBE, was held at the legendary Ronnie Scott's on Wednesday 28 September. Estelle was presented her award by author and broadcaster Michael Rosen.
Estelle with Gaby Roslin and Michael Rosen
The BBC Make a Difference Awards were created to recognise remarkable people across the country; marking their achievements and the contribution they make to their community.
Chris Burns, Head of Audio and Digital for BBC England, said, "We are delighted to announce the winners of these wonderful awards, which celebrate those individuals who have gone above and beyond, what most of us expect from people. In a world where the news can often be quite bleak, it is a way of showing off the best of people. We have really enjoyed hearing their stories and sharing them with our listeners."
Anyone affected by cancer in South West London can contact the St George's Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre team on 0208 725 2677 or email: email@example.com; 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday.
Or, you can access Macmillan's help 7 days a week via the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00. Or visit the website: macmillan.org.uk.
Like Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More
This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.
Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.
We've always done that and won't be changing, in fact we'd like to do more.
However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.
We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.
A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.
One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.
If you do support us in this way we'd be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.
For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you'd like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.
October 25, 2022