Excellence in Oncology Award win for Acorn Approach

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Jan Temenos, project co-ordinator of The Acorn Approach, has been awarded Cancer professional of the year at the Excellence in Oncology Awards.

The cancer professional of the year award is given to a healthcare professional who has made a significant contribution to improving the care of cancer patients.

From the award results website:

"Inspired by St Christopher's Hospice's original art project, Oakhaven appointed Jan Temenos as project co-ordinator, to lead a team of staff and volunteers in their work. The Acorn Approach has been taken forward by Jan's incredible vision and skill, supported by the enthusiasm of the team and further endorsed by support from Macmillan Cancer Support."

"There are times of sadness and poignancy but the focus is on fun and the hospice is filled with laughter. There is a fantastic ripple effect surrounding this work as children go home to their families and share what they have learnt. Acorn supports children and patients alike and is proof that the whole is more than the sum of its parts! At Oakhaven they are proud of all that Acorn has achieved."

Well done, Jan!

The Acorn Approach toolkit, available for free from Learn Zone, is a way of exploring issues around transition, loss, death and dying. Developed at Oakhaven hospice, it responds to areas of the National Curriculum that schools find difficult to teach.