New cancer support group to launch in Buxton

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A Buxton woman has helped form a support group for cancer sufferers - the first of its kind in the town.

Kathy Freeman, 49, was inspired to help set up the group after her partner was diagnosed with terminal cancer in September last year.

She is now working with Macmillan to establish a support group for people diagnosed with or affected by the disease.

Kathy told the Advertiser: “At the age of 57 my partner was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

“He continues to receive outstanding medical care but when we realised there is no support group in Buxton for people affected by cancer, we decided to set one up.

“It will be a chance for people attending to say what they hope to get from the group moving forward, be it emotional support, the chance to chat to people going through similar experiences or help with practical things such as getting to appointments or collecting prescriptions.

“We will also look at getting experts along to future meetings to talk about things like fatigue, complementary therapies and finances.

“We hope the group will offer help and friendship to anyone affected in any way by cancer.”

The group’s maiden meeting will be held next Thursday (June 11) at 4pm in the Old Hall Hotel and will run until 6pm.

Kathy added: “In the first meeting we will talk about what people want from a group.

“The idea being that the group runs itself by deciding what will be useful.”