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March cancer sufferers have a new place to turn after support group has been launched

Launch of the March area cancer and chronic illness support group (MACCS) at the Riverside Practice on Tuesday. From left: Paul Carroll (Practice Manager), Karen Thorley, Gail Reynolds and Louise McAvoy (Macmillan). ANL-140807-162646009

Launch of the March area cancer and chronic illness support group (MACCS) at the Riverside Practice on Tuesday. From left: Paul Carroll (Practice Manager), Karen Thorley, Gail Reynolds and Louise McAvoy (Macmillan). ANL-140807-162646009

People fighting cancer or other serious illnesses will now be able to turn to a support group.

March Cancer and Chronic Illness Support Group was launched to give patients a place to talk.

The group has been founded by Karen Thorley, who felt there was no where to turn to as she battled breast cancer a few years ago.

She is working with Gail Reynolds on the project.

Mrs Thorley and the rest of the committee are hoping to hold weekly sessions but are looking for suitable premises and funding.

She said: “This is something which is desperately needed.

“There are people out there going through cancer or other serious illnesses that have nowhere to turn.

“We want to be there for people and allow them to talk to someone who has been through something similar.”

The committee was formed during an initial meeting at March’s Riverside Practice.

The group is looking for somewhere to meet which is not connected to the medical profession.

Mrs Thorley is hoping that professionals will be able to come to the meetings and save people from travelling to Peterborough or Stamford for appointments.

She is hoping that professionals will be able to help with things like bra fittings or prothesis.

If you would like more information on the group, you can contact Mrs Thorley on 07709 000627.

 

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