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Hunts Community Cancer Network recognised for making a difference to people living with and beyond cancer

Posted on December 11, 2017

Susan Moore, who co-founded Hunts Community Cancer Network (HCCN) Charity as a cancer patient in Huntingdon, along with the then lead nurse Gini Melesi, was acknowledge for her role in “Making a Difference” to the people of Huntingdon who are living with and beyond cancer. The Charity empowers people to play an active role in managing their health during treatment and after, when recovering from or living with cancer.

The 3rd Sector Care Awards 2017, hosted by Dame Esther Rantzen, showcased the innovation and care excellence of the not-for-profit care and support sector.

Dame Esther Rantzen awarding Susan Moore from HCCN the Make a Difference Award for the 3rd Sector Care Awards 2017.

The 3rd Sector Care Award judges commented:

“Susan Moore, the winner of this category fits the criteria for the Making a Difference Award perfectly. HCCN was developed from nothing, with no funding for the people it supports, and this individual has been key to its growth and development. The judges commented that they found Susan Moore, Trustee of HCCN, to be humble and matter of fact during their interview with her, and that Susan did not always get to see the impact that HCCN has had on the development of the organisation and the lives of the people it supports. It was this combination of humility and determination that’s enabled the charity to fill a gap where nothing existed before.”

Susan’s drive to help others is a model for the future support in the Community for those with Long-Term Conditions. She is instrumental in the development, efforts to grow and consolidate the Educational Conference, Get Active programme and fundraising for the Charity.

Winner of the 3rd Sector Care Award for Making a Difference, Susan Moore (right), Trustee of HCCN with Gini Melesi (left) co-founder of HCCN and now Macmillan Quality Improvement Lead, NHS East of England – Cancer Clinical Network.

Gini Melesi, co-founder of HCCN and now Macmillan Quality Improvement Lead, NHS East of England Cancer Clinical Network commented: “Without the Charity – particularly Susan – we would not be able to provide the extra nurse training, innovative equipment and technology or provide patients with evidenced-based supportive activities such as the Level 3-type rehabilitation classes that the HCCN Charity fund for the NHS’ Patients.”

Activ8rlives would like to congratulate Susan Moore and HCCN for the pioneering work supporting the people of Huntingdonshire in their journey through and beyond their treatment. Susan is inspirational in her leadership role and we are very pleased that this work has been recognised through this prestigious award, especially given the very highest calibre of finalists that were short listed by the Judges.


About Hunts Community Cancer Network

Hunts Community Cancer Network (HCCN) comprised of the Hunts Community Cancer nursing team, the HCCN Charity and volunteers.

Working together and delivering a home-based nursing service, our aim is to help people who are recovering from or living with cancer in the Hunts area to take back their lives and to play an active part in managing their health. The team is based at the Woodlands Cancer Unit at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

The ‘Get Active’ scheme and BuddyBand2’s are rolling out across the Huntingdonshire area and will need continued funds from fundraising activities to ensure the charity can support everyone who wants access to it. Support can be given through the Just Giving page at:

Watch Colin’s video story, illustrating what HCCN is providing for cancer patients in Huntingdonshire.


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