Elaine's Drive For Cancer Help

A former Radio Clatterbridge presenter has returned to the station to appeal for help so people don't face cancer alone.

Elaine Smithies also wanted to applaud the efforts of existing volunteers at Macmillan.

Sue Davies and Elaine Smithies in the studio

She told Coffee Club presenter Steve Evans about the drive to recruit people to a new community support group in Wirral.

Elaine, who used to present a number of programmes including the Coffee Club, explained how helpers give support to those affected by cancer.

"Sometimes the affects of cancer aren't felt until years later... We can offer both practical and emotional support to the person affected by cancer or their family and friends." - Elaine Smithies, Macmillan

She was joined in the studio by Sue Davies from the Papillon patient support scheme based on the Health Park.

The group is for patients at The Clatterbridge Clinic referred for Papillon treatment - contact radiotherapy as an alternative to surgey for people with early rectal cancer.

Being Volunteers' Week, Elaine wanted to applaud the work of existing Macmillan helpers.

Elaine Smithies and Sue Davies talk about Macmillan's new Community Support Scheme for Wirral by Radio Clatterbridge on Mixcloud

Elaine explained how the charity is also recruiting for a new community support team in Wirral.

It's aim is to provide practical and emotional support to individuals and families affected by cancer.

Volunteers can help by doing anything from taking people to hospital appointments to light housework, gardening and even dog walking.

Find out more by visiting the Volunteering Villlage on the Macmillan website or by calling Elaine on 07710 306676.

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