Health and wellbeing event to help those affected by cancer

Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre will be holding its second Health and Wellbeing event of the year on Thursday 20th July 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 Christ Church on Lord Street in Southport from 2pm – 4.30pm.

On the day there will be lots of information stalls for people to visit and access support from cancer nurse specialists, support groups and other key organisations. There will be talks about managing the stress of cancer and the benefits of physical activity; a relaxation session, physical activity taster session; pampering sessions and hand massages by Sefton OPERA.

Dr Graeme Allan, Macmillan GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG cancer clinical lead, said: “These events are ideal for people to come along 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.”

Sonia Holdsworth, Macmillan Partnership Quality Lead for Cheshire and Merseyside, said: “We saw over 200 people at the last event and we hope to see even more this time, they are always a great success and the more people we can support the better.

“The feedback we get is that people enjoy meeting others they can chat to, whether that be other patients, Macmillan nurses or someone from a support group. Many people that come to the centre or one of our events have joined one of the support groups such as the walking, cycling or arts and craft group, which they feel is another good way to meet others and get out and about during or after treatment.”

The Health and Wellbeing events aim 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 Macmillan Singing Group will also be performing on arrival, to welcome people to the event.

Elaine Deeming, 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 wellbeing clinics. The events provide access to the wide range of services available locally in one venue.”

You can watch a video here about the regular events in Southport: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCpvWWp9cME

The Health and Wellbeing events are free of charge and refreshments are provided, but booking is essential. To book onto the event please call 01704 533024 or email: sfccg.macmillancic@nhs.net

The event is held three times a year and the next event will be held on Thursday 9th November at Christ Church from 2pm – 4.30pm.

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

Macmillan team at health and wellbeing event

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