Free health and wellbeing event

Published Monday 11 May 2015 at 15:11

Representatives from the £1m project to transform cancer care in East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen will be on hand at a free health and wellbeing event at Accrington Town Hall this Wednesday, May 13 taking place from 10am-2pm.

The event being staged by Carers Link Lancashire, in Partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, is aimed at people directly affected by, or caring for someone with, cancer from across East Lancashire.

Blackburn with Darwen Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership representatives will be there to provide information on the pioneering programme to provide better care and support for cancer patients in the area, from the moment of diagnosis to beyond treatment.

During the day there will be a wide range of free activities and therapy sessions, such as tai chi, reiki massages and acupuncture, as well as healthy eating tips and tricks on how to make nutritional smoothies and dips.

There will also be demonstrations of exercises for people affected by cancer, health checks and lots of useful information and advice on the wide variety of support that’s available in the area.

Nazmun Usman, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Macmillan Service User Involvement and Insight Co-ordinator, said:

As the demand for cancer services rises, we need to ensure that people have access to the best cancer information and support. This event will give people affected by cancer, and also their carers, the perfect opportunity to learn about the personal and practical support available to them in their local community, from information about local support groups, staying active during and after treatment and to also talk about any concerns or worries they may have.

Rebecca Hodgson, Adult Carers Manager, Carers Link Lancashire, said:

The health and wellbeing event aims to raise awareness of the support and services available to carers and people affected by cancer across East Lancashire. It will give people the chance to try their hand at a variety of free activities and therapy sessions and, hopefully, learn some new information and skills that they can take away with them.

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