Latest update: 11 August 2020

Support for local people who have been affected by cancer and bereavement

For those who have read the Observer newspaper’s piece on Sunday 20 July 2020 highlighting and expected an ‘explosion’ in referrals in the autumn for mental health support, we are hoping that the following will reassure people who may have avoided seeking care during the pandemic.

We are lucky to have received support from the National Lottery Community Fund which has given us funding to do a number of things but, in particular, to provide support for people affected by cancer; those who have lost someone due to COVID-19 and this includes Children and Young People who have received a cancer diagnosis or been affected by a bereavement.

Andy Brown, Head of the Adult Therapy Services at CancerHelp said “the funding has come at a really good time both for the Charity and people needing support, some of whom may have been too anxious to access services during lockdown. In March, when the Coronavirus crisis seriously impacted our charity, we took the decision to continue supporting our clients remotely, using technology such as Zoom (video) or telephone. This has proved to be effective and has been welcomed by our clients.”

CancerHelp continues to support people affected by Cancer and those bereaved due to Cancer or COVID-19 and serves communities in Preston, Chorley, South Ribble and also in and around Garstang. The Charity operates from its two support centres in Preston and Garstang. All its services are free of charge.

Andy went on to say that “the Coronavirus crisis has brought about a whole new challenge for our Charity in serving clients who are not only affected by cancer, but now have to deal with social isolation, job insecurity, the stresses on relationships and bereavement due to the virus.”

Much work has been done in recent weeks and months within CancerHelp’s Preston cancer support centre (Vine House) to bring about a safe return to face-to-face counselling support and the charity hopes to resume face-to-face work at the end of August 2020.

Andy would like to reassure those who are worried about reaching out for help at this difficult time and said “we are here to support you; adults, children and young people alike, whether remotely or in person and you can be sure of our genuine commitment to safe, caring, confidential support in the heart of our community.”