Free event for people living with cancer – between 30th April and 7th May

A LEADING cancer charity is hosting a free event in Stoke on Trent for people with cancer and their close supporter.

Penny Brohn UK’s two-day Living Well event takes place at Douglas Macmillan Hospice, Barlaston Road on 30 April and 7 May, from 10am to 5.30pm.

The event, run in partnership with Douglas Macmillan Hospice, addresses cancer’s physical and psychological impact and shows how healthy eating, exercise and relaxation can improve health and wellbeing, before, during and after medical treatment. The event is part of a five year project funded by Macmillan offering services and support to people living with cancer in Staffordshire. Penny Brohn UK Living Well Services Coordinator Elizabeth Bevins said: “Cancer can be overwhelming, but many small things can add up to make a big difference to the way people cope as they prepare for, undergo or recover from treatment.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with ‘Dougie Mac’ to offer our Living Well event, that can really help people to take back some control of their lives after their diagnosis.”

Nicci Williamson, Day Therapy Unit and Outpatients Manager at Douglas Macmillan Hospice, said: “A cancer diagnosis impacts greatly on a person’s life and family around them, but more people than ever are surviving longer. To live as well as possible they need support in rebuilding their lives. It is a pleasure to be working with Penny Brohn UK towards achieving this aim.” A recent attendee at one of the Living Well events added: “I highly recommend this to everyone with cancer and those supporting them. “If anything, it was more valuable to my husband (I’m the one with cancer) – it gave him the opportunity to talk to others in the same situation.” With over 38 years’ experience, Penny Brohn UK recognises that people with cancer need more than medicine alone. Its Bristol Whole Life Approach provides integrated whole person cancer support that works alongside medical treatment to achieve the best health and wellbeing. The approach explores areas such as diet, exercise, relationships and managing stress, through free residential and day courses, one-to-one therapies, groups and national helpline. Living Well events are free and empower people with cancer and their supporters to rediscover their joy of living. Places are limited and first come, first served. To book or for more information, call 0303 3000 118, email bookings@pennybrohn.org.uk or visit www.pennybrohn.org.uk/national-living-well-services