Al’s Pals Support in the Hospital
Supporting Cancer Patients at the Hospital.
Who are we?
Al’s Pals is a service offered to all Cancer patients in Milton Keynes.
Al’s Pals was named after one of Milton Keynes’ Cancer patients Alan Dumbell who received ongoing cancer treatment at Milton Keynes Hospital. Alan noticed that throughout his treatment as much as he was surrounded by his loving family he still felt very lonely and lost at times and he often discussed having a ‘buddy’ to support him and help him where he felt things were missing.
It is his legacy to have a Cancer buddy scheme like this and with the passion driven by his daughter Al’s Pals was born. We have been supporting patients in Milton Keynes University Hospital since March 2020 and we are proud to support cancer patients and their families in the cancer centre.
How can we help
Our amazing volunteers understand the needs of someone who has Cancer and how this can affect their own lives as well as their families. We can offer support, companionship, empathy and a listening ear to any Cancer patient from the start of their Cancer journey through to the end. We are the support network that you may need and we are always here for you no matter what challenges you may face. Allow Al’s Pals to help and support you as much as we can.
- Sit with you and have a chat as often as you would like.
- Signpost you to relevant services that could help you and your family.
- Talk to you about everyday things and treat you as an individual and not just focus on your condition.
- Supporting and navigating through the information you receive.
- Chat on the phone in between home visits.
- Help and support for the patient and their family at end of life.
Things we can't do
Our Volunteers love to help and support you as much as they can, however there are things that they would be unable to assist you with, such as:
- Any Personal Care
- Administering Medication
- Offering Medical Advice
How to Receive our Support
To start receiving our support please get in touch on the number/email above, or use the contact form below. Our volunteers are in the hospital 7 days a week supporting patients receiving treatment and staying in the ward. We will pop and see you as and when we can, however if you would like a specific visit then please get in touch direct.
Our volunteer will then meet with you and arrange visits thereafter regarding your support.
The service can continue for as long as you like, & you can pick up the service whenever you like and for as long as you need and if you would like our service to continue when you go home please inform the volunteer who can then set this up for you.