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Left to right: Lead clinician Mr. Ali Salih, John Baron, MP, Cathrine Robinson and consultant breast surgeon, Dr Wayne Chicken

Basildon Hospital had the pleasure of hosting John Baron MP on Friday, 3 May. John is the Member of Parliament for Basildon and Billericay.

He is the Chairman of the All-party Parliamentary Group for Cancer, which campaigns for improved services for cancer patients. John’s visit was focused on meeting the team on their Breast Cancer Care Unit to hear about the great work they are doing and to discuss how improvements can be made to the service. He also met with volunteer, Cathrine Robinson. Cathrine is a Waitrose employee who is on a placement with the unit. She was a patient there in 2015 and wanted to give back to the team after completing her treatment programme.  

The Golden Jubilee Trust scheme allows Waitrose employees to be released on full pay to work with a local charity.

Cathrine completed a comprehensive application process detailing why she wanted to volunteer. Familiar with her story, Basildon consultant breast surgeon, Dr Wayne Chicken and John Baron MP endorsed her application.