5 August 2014
Attendees of the event take part in a Tai Chi session
Macmillan has hosted a free cancer awareness and support day in Wolverhampton, providing information, advice and support to people wanting to find out more about cancer.
The event was a great success, with many local people attending to find out more about the support available to them in the community, including local MP Emma Reynolds.
There was a real buzz throughout the day, which was a combination of informative discussions, demonstrations and activities, with a chance to talk to healthcare professionals about worries and concerns.
Highlights included a zumba session which drew in the crowds, Macmillan Mascot ‘Muggy’ having a go at some Tai Chi and the team from Compton Hospice providing an introduction to complementary therapies. Sessions on signs and symptoms of cancer and well-being during treatment were particularly well attended and seemed to help ease people’s worries.
Local councillor Greg Brackenridge also attended to show his support. Having had his own cancer experience, he spoke firsthand about knowing how important it is that people are aware of cancer and where to go for help:
'I think it is fantastic that Macmillan have arranged this event for the people of Wolverhampton, it is so important that people are aware of the signs and symptoms of cancer to look out for so they can make sure they are diagnosed as early as possible. It’s great that they are making people aware of all the support that is out there locally so people don’t have to face a diagnosis of cancer alone.'
Linda Turner, Macmillan Community Support and Information Manager in Wolverhampton said:
'We're thrilled with the success of the event. It was great to see so many people coming along to find out more about how they can be supported locally. Many people commented on how useful they had found the event, and how being able to ask questions and share concerns had lifted a weight from their minds.'
A mix of people attended, some newly diagnosed wanting to find out more about what to expect from treatment, some wanting advice on financial support they could access while they are unable to work, and some who had finished their treatment and wanted to find out more about how to live a healthier lifestyle, or how they could now support Macmillan.
Take a look at the event's gallery of photos from the photographer.
You can find out more about the support available in your area or get in touch with the Macmillan Cancer Support and Information Service in Wolverhampton.