Cancer support group for town

A NEW cancer support group is being launched in Sleaford.

Karen Parkinson, development worker with the EPOC Programme, is setting up a local cancer support group for sufferers and people who are living with or supporting someone who has cancer.

Karen says: “Support groups offer people dealing with cancer many things, such as meeting others in similar circumstances, sharing ways of coping and making new friends at a time when you might be feeling scared or isolated”.

The first meeting of the new group will take place on Tuesday, May 29 between 10.30am and 12noon in the community café at The Source, Riverside Church, Southgate, Sleaford.

Karen is inviting anyone affected by cancer to go along on the day and share their experiences over a free cup of tea or coffee.

She added: “EPOC is a community led initiative driven to change the way people think about cancer. It works with volunteers, community groups and organisations to help spread the message in the heart of communities in Lincoln, Gainsborough, Skegness, Mablethorpe, Sleaford and Boston.

“The programme was formed out of a need to lower cancer mortality rates in an ever growing and ageing Lincolnshire population.

EPOC aims to raise awareness of the importance of early detection of cancer through recognition of the signs and symptoms.

The programme is delivered by Developmentplus, a community development charity, and funded by NHS Lincolnshire and Macmillan.