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New Care for Cancer seeks to
expand services for Men

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The newly elected chairman of Care for Cancer in Omagh is looking forward to the local charity continuing to develop its services for cancer sufferers and their relatives across the district.The charity, which depends entirely on fund-raising and donations, is celebrating 25 years supporting those with cancer, their families and the bereaved.

It will hold a celebration dinner dance in the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh on Friday, September 27. 

Omagh man Ivan Gilmour has taken over the post as chairman in place of Joan Hamilton who served three years in the position. Mrs Hamilton, who is president of Care for Cancer and co-founded the group, said the chairman along with a number of new committee members will bring a “fresh vibrancy and new ideas ” to the charity. 

The incoming chairman was formally involved with Care for Cancer and is looking forward to his new role.Mr Gilmour said, “We are very grateful to the community for the support. Hopefully many will come along to the dinner dance next week.

“In the last year we had over 1,000 people who used our services which are for anyone in the district and surrounding area. I am delighted to be selected as chairman and we hope to extend the services with the inclusion of a men’s activities and support group. Men are often reluctant to come forward regarding their health needs.” 

Care for Cancer offers a range of services including a drop-in centre run by experienced staff and volunteers, always available to answer any queries and as a ‘listening ear.”’ 

Social activities and other events are run to support patients, their families and the bereaved. They include a weekly coffee morning on Wednesdays from 10.30am-12.30pm which is open to everyone. There is also a driving service available which provides door to door transport for cancer patients who find it difficult or stressful to travel to hospital. Complementary therapies are available at the centre in Campsie with specially trained therapists who work with people with cancer. Both patients and their carers can avail of aromatherapy, reflexology and reiki. A bra-fitting service after surgery and treatment for those with breast cancer has proved very popular as some female patients feel less confident in their body and self-image. The service is completely free and totally private. In exceptional circumstances a home visit can be arranged. Care for Cancer provides a provision of recliner chairs with a little bit of extra comfort and support for terminally ill patients to relax. Emotional and practical help is on hand with support groups for those affected by cancer and the bereaved. Many people with cancer have benefited from sharing experiences and getting to know others in a similar situation. There is also an information library at the centre with relevant books and leaflets on different cancers and treatments that people can consult or borrow.

Care for Cancer is based at 1 Campsie Place (Behind Helena’s Hair Salon) in Omagh.

For dinner dance tickets and other information, telephone: 028 8224 6599. 

Email: i This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  , Website: www.careforcancer.co.uk
The centre is open every Monday to Friday between 10am to 4pm. Everyone is welcome.

Care for Cancer Staff & Committee Members 

President Joan Hamilton, Fintona, Chairman Ivan Gilmour, Omagh, Secretary Delores McCrystal, Dromore, Treasurer Martina Morris, Omagh, Eugene McKenna, Omagh, Jean Caldwell, Ballygawley, Stella Humphries, Omagh, Mandy Allen, Omagh, Harry Bratton, Fintona, Anne Moore, Omagh, Janice Vance, Beragh, Jim Alderdice, Omagh, Laura Mills, Dromore, Jean McCrystal, Omagh, Hazel Shortt, Beragh, Stephen Rankin, Castlederg, Lavinia Armstrong, Seskinore.


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