Tue. Nov 24th, 2020

Isle of Wight Observer News

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Hundreds accessing Wessex Cancer Trust’s remote support services

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Almost 700 people living with cancer have been supported through Wessex Cancer Trust’s telephone and online services, after the coronavirus pandemic forced its support centres to close on March 20th.

The coronavirus pandemic represents a particularly anxious time for anyone living with cancer.

Many are having treatment delayed, are worried about a higher risk of infection or are feeling more isolated and vulnerable.

To help, Wessex Cancer Trust is providing:

  • Telephone helpline covering its four support centres in Bournemouth, Hythe, Chandler’s Ford and the Isle of Wight
  • Telephone counselling
  • Facebook support group
  • Coffee and catch-up sessions across Hampshire and Dorset
  • E-mail mentoring and support provided by befrienders
  • Dedicated online support featuring advice, videos and information
  • Virtual sound therapy support groups
  • Daisy Bus still taking Isle of Wight passengers to their appointments at Southampton Hospital, and will return to QA Hospital once this service is required again

For more information and to access support, click here.

With most of the charity’s fundraising or events postponed or cancelled, it has set up a Just Giving page to raise money so it can continue to be there for as many local people living with cancer as possible. To make a donation, click here.

Wessex Cancer Trust supports 11,000 people every year through its four cancer support centres which provide a drop-in service, professional counselling, complementary therapies, activities, support groups and courses. It also runs outreach services, popular Sing for Life choirs and transport on its Daisy Buses to help patients to get to their hospital appointments.