You don’t have to suffer alone - Norwich cancer centre offers support to families

Jill Chapman, Big C Centre manager at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Jill Chapman, Big C Centre manager at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2010

A centre which offers vital support to people with cancer and their families will be holding an information day next month, with charity bosses hoping it will show the help which is available in the county.

The Big C Centre, at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, opened in 2006, with Evening News readers contributing more than £175,000 towards it through our Opening The Door Appeal.

The centre provides information about cancer and the opportunity to speak to staff, with a commitment to make sure nobody has to face the disease alone.

For the information day on Saturday, May 11, charities, such as Age UK and Crossroads, along with various NHS specialists, will be at the centre.

They will offer support and advice on subjects which affect people living with cancer; such as work, talking to children, money matters, healthy eating, travel insurance, body image, psychosexual issues and exercise.

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There will also be tasters for people to try from recipes taken from specialist cancer recipe books. A stand with information on every cancer support group in Norfolk and north Suffolk will also be there.

The Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and Big C will also have their specialists there, such as the welfare rights advisor, nutritional experts and health care professionals, as well as staff from the centre itself.

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Jill Chapman, the Big C Centre manager said: 'When someone is diagnosed with cancer the whole family is affected. There is a lot of information, advice and support in our region but we need to make sure people know about it.

'The hospitals all do a fantastic job in supporting patients and as we know, everyone's situation is different, which is why we're working with other charities and NHS specialists to offer this day.

'We hope there will be something to help everyone take back some control of their lives and to move forward.'

The information day runs from 11am until 4pm. There is no need to book and the car park costs £2 all day.

Charity bosses hope to host an information day at the centre every six months.

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