Offering support for those in need

Sally Atkinson EMN-150804-121637001
Sally Atkinson EMN-150804-121637001

A charity which provides practical and emotional support to anyone affected by cancer has now launched its services in Rutland.

Coping with Cancer, based in Leicestershire and Rutland is an independent, local charity that provides free support for both cancer patients and their families and carers from the moment a diagnosis is made.

Since September, the charity now offers its services, including weekly counselling sessions and complementary therapy, to those affected by cancer in Rutland.

Sally Atkinson is the counsellor for Coping with Cancer, based at the Rutland Therapy and Massage Centre in Mill Street, Oakham. She runs weekly counselling sessions for patients and carers in and around Rutland.

“The counselling sessions offer people someone to talk to both open and freely for however long they need the support. Sadly, cancer hits so many families, whether you’re a patient, a relative or a carer - it affects everyone” she said.

Another free service the charity provides is complementary therapy. Diane Kemp is a complementary therapist for Coping with Cancer, who is also based in Oakham.

Diane offers six sessions of complementary therapy for both patients and carers free-of-charge. Including massages, reflexology and reiki, to help reduce stress and anxiety.

Sally added: “People are so delighted that there’s now a local service. Before they would of had to drive to Leicester to see someone.”

For anyone interested in finding out more about the services available in Rutland, you can telephone the charity’s head office on 0116 223 0055 or visit the Coping with Cancer website at http://www.c-w-c.org.uk/.

The charity is also appealing for more local volunteers in the Rutland area, to help please call 0116 223 0055 for more details.