Staff member Claire Cowley gave heartfelt thanks to Macmillan nurses as students expected to raise over £100 for the charity

Cancer survivor Claire Cowley, Science Technician from Grace Academy Coventry, expressed her thanks to Macmillan nurses, as students are expected to raise over £100 in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning organised by Macmillan Cancer Support.

Students from across the Academy joined staff in baking tasty cake treats and serving coffee and tea to support the charity as Claire Cowley shared her experiences of battling with cancer. Ms Cowley said:

“Macmillan nurses were incredibly helpful and supportive, and gave me lots of guidance about diet, fitness and stamina during lengthy chemotherapy treatment. They also gave me really helpful information about my rights when returning to work.

“The treatment for leukaemia was gruelling, and I had a series of infections that left me really weak including Pneumonia and Septicaemia. I was in hospital for five and a half months and towards the end of the treatment, I went to a day unit every third day until my bone marrow had recovered.

“During this time the Macmillan nurses, were phenomenal because they were obviously so experienced in dealing with trauma.

“Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, and you could talk to them at 2am in the morning if you needed to; they were so compassionate and kind.

“I would also like to recognise the work of Bloodwise, a charity that funds research into all blood cancers.”

Kim Catling, Assistant Head of Ethos, Grace Academy Coventry, praised students for their efforts in supporting the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, adding:

“This is a wonderful show of support for the truly amazing work Macmillan Cancer Support nurses do for cancer sufferers, and it is fantastic recognition of everything our own member of staff, Claire Cowley, has gone through in her journey to recover from the disease.

“We are truly grateful for all the support, and that students have fully got behind this community initiative to support others.”