A Blackpool blood cancer support group has celebrated its first birthday.
The Blackpool and Fylde Haematology Support Group is run in association with Leukaemia CARE, and it put on a special event to mark the milestone last month.
Over the past year, the group has had speakers covering a range of topics including carer support, disability benefits, future life planning and positive thinking.
Jez Baugh, who helped set up the group with the late Lee Conchie, said: “As a leukaemia patient I understand how important it is to support those affected by cancer diagnosis and treatment.
“All members of the group are either patients, carers or family so we can offer help, support and practical advice based on first hand experience.
“The group has gone from strength to strength over the past year and we actively encourage new people to join. I hope we will continue supporting people for many years to come.”
Special guest at the event was Kelly Miller, a local meditation teacher, who helped the group unwind with a relaxing introduction to meditation.
The Blackpool and Fylde Haematology Support Group has proven very popular, with up to 20 people attending each monthly meeting at the Macmillan Windmill Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
The blood cancer support charity Leukaemia CARE co-ordinates support groups up and down the UK, with some being run by dedicated volunteers who help facilitate each meeting.
The support groups provide help and advice as well as a space to talk through feelings to other patients, carers and their families and medical professionals.
Blackpool and Fylde Haematology Support Group is an informal and friendly group open to anyone affected by blood cancer.
The group meets at 7pm on the third Wednesday of every month, and next meets on Wednesday June 18.
For details call Jez on 07950 635249 or Lesley on 07890 847796.
For more information on Leukaemia CARE’s support groups, go to www.leukaemiacare.org.uk/support-groups.