CLAN to host open meeting for anyone affected by any skin cancer

CLAN Cancer Support is hosting an informal meeting next week which is open to anyone who has been affected by any form of skin cancer. The charity will host the event on Wednesday 25 July, in conjunction with Hazel Carnegie, who has her own experience of the condition.

This will be the second meeting of its kind this year, following on from the success of the group’s first meeting in April. The meeting will take place at CLAN Cancer Support’s Westburn Road base from 10.30am until 12 noon and will give those who attend the chance to meet other people who are in a similar situation.

Hazel hopes that this will provide another opportunity for people to share their experiences, specifically relating to skin cancer.

Hazel said, "Everyone at CLAN Cancer Support has been fully supportive of my aim to set up a local suppot group for those affected by skin cancer in the North East. I know how valuable it is to be able to spend time with others who are going through a similar experience. I invite anyone who is interested to come along a join us for coffee and a chat about what support people would find useful and how best to take this forward. This will be a very informal, friendly get together.

“I hope that anyone who comes along will benefit from meeting with others; whether they are personally affected by skin cancer or are helping a loved one who is, and I am delighted that we are able to host another event like this.”

Claire Fraser, services manager at CLAN Cancer Support, added: “At a time when there is an increase in numbers of people being affected by skin cancer, we can see that there is a need for ongoing support for patients and carers as they adjust to changes in their life.

“The value of support from a local peer group should not be underestimated when dealing with any form of cancer, from experiencing symptoms, to diagnosis and going through treatment and beyond.

“We are delighted to be able to host this second meeting and believe that our warm, friendly, relaxed atmosphere in our new centre will help to make people feel welcome and confortable. It is also an opportunity for anyone attending to see first hand what we can offer in the way of support – through our complementary therapies, to counselling and an information service. All our services are free and are available to anyone affected by cancer.

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