Leighton cancer unit seeks support volunteers

Crewe Guardian: Leighton cancer unit seeks support volunteers Leighton cancer unit seeks support volunteers

A CREWE Macmillan Cancer Unit is looking for additional volunteers to join its friendly team.

The unit at Leighton Hospital is hosting a series of walks to support people in their active recovery from cancer treatment, and volunteers are wanted to help guide walkers through the routes.

Julie Pieczarka, Macmillan Cancer information and support manager, said: “We are looking for local people to help us manage our Walking for Health events.

“Taking place on the first Monday and Tuesday of the month, the easy yet interesting walks cover between 1.5 and 2 miles. The intended pace of the walks is very slow, with a coffee stop at the end of the walk to enable people to chat and socialise.”

The Unit is also looking for former cancer patients to assist with its outreach service. Julie added: “We are also seeking chatty individuals who like to meet people and who can relate to what our current patients are going through.

“We find that peer-to-peer support, in addition to the services offered by the unit, really helps patients with the emotional and psychological effects that cancer can bring and ensures that they don’t face cancer alone.”

Training for new volunteers will be available from Age UK and Macmillan, and an information event is being held at the Unit on Monday, June 2, between 2pm and 4pm.

Alternatively, people can find out more details by contacting Julie on 01270 273603 or email julie.pieczarka@nhs.net

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