Health and wellbeing event to help those affected by cancer

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Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre will be holding its eighth ‘Health and Wellbeing event’ on Thursday 3rd November and anyone who has been affected by cancer, whether directly or through supporting someone is invited to come along. 

The centre, a joint partnership set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is holding the event in partnership with Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre from 1pm – 3.30pm.

On the day, the centre’s support groups, such as the gardening, walking and craft group, will be promoted and guests will be encouraged to join if they wish.

There will also be lots of information stalls to visit on the day where people can access support from cancer nurse specialists, support groups, benefits advisors and other key organisations. There will be talks about managing fatigue and the benefits of physical activity, as well as a healthy eating stall, hand massages by Sefton OPERA and entertainment from the Macmillan Singing Group.

Dr Graeme Allan, Macmillan GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG cancer clinical lead, said: “These events are ideal for people to come along to and meet others who have had a similar experience. It is always useful to share and the hope is that there may be an activity or group out there that suits an individual’s needs, so you might go away with an idea of what we can help you with. It’s a friendly and informative event and everyone is very welcome.”

Jackie Brunton, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s lead cancer nurse, said: “We’re delighted to continue to build on the success of previous health and well-being clinics.  The events provide access to the wide range of services available locally all in one venue”

The regular Health and Wellbeing event aims to support people in adjusting to life with and beyond cancer by providing information on the wide range of services which are available locally as well as healthy living activities.

Anyone affected by cancer, either recently or in the past, as well as family and friends supporting others are welcome to book onto this free event.

The events are friendly and educational with the opportunity for visitors to chat to cancer nurse specialists, key organisations and support groups.

The Health and Wellbeing events are free of charge and refreshments are provided, but booking is essential. To book onto the next event please call 01704 533024 or email: [email protected].

For more information about the work of the Macmillan Information and Support Centre in Southport, please see the website www.southportmacmillancentre.org.uk

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