CLAN Children and Family team host activities in Shetland

A charity with a Shetland base is encouraging local youngsters affected by cancer to participate in its children and family service activities which will be held in Lerwick for the first time next month.

CLAN Cancer Support will run a series of activities on Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5, for young people aged from 6-16 years. There is no cost to families.

On Thursday there will be an outdoor activity and picnic lunch while on Friday there will be cooking in the morning and activities in the afternoon.

Eileen Wheeler and Leigh Ryrie of the CLAN children and family service team will be running the activities. The charity hopes that the events will provide youngsters with an opportunity to spend time with young people of a similar age who have also experienced cancer, whether directly or through a relative or friend.

CLAN’s children and family service manager Eileen Wheeler said: “A cancer diagnosis affects everyone in the family and our dedicated children and family support team can offer support to youngsters at what is a very difficult time.

“We travel to Shetland approximately every eight weeks to meet with clients. I am delighted that we are able to offer activities to young people during the school holidays for the first time.

“Our evening drop-in sessions offer an opportunity to find out more about how we can support families in Shetland as well as when they are staying with us in CLAN Haven in Aberdeen.”

Places are limited. To find out more or to book a place for the children’s activities please contact Leigh Ryrie on 01224 651021 or or contact CLAN Shetland on 01595 692758 or .

Eileen and Leigh will also host a drop-in session at CLAN’s Shetland base at 39 Commercial Road (access via St Magnus Street), Lerwick from 5-7pm on Thursday, July 4. There is no need to book - parents and young people are welcome to come along.

CLAN Cancer Support is an independent charity which provides comfort, support and information, free of charge, for anyone, of any age, affected by any type of cancer. CLAN aims to support people to reduce anxiety, stress and to increase their ability to cope with the effects of a serious illness. Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the whole of north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. CLAN has a presence in Ballater, Banchory, Elgin, Inverurie, Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Kirkwall and Lerwick.

For further information about CLAN Cancer Support please call (01224) 647 000 or visit

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