CancerCare on the Airwaves!

on Wednesday, 29 April 2015.

We were all very excited by the arrival of BBC Lancashire to our Slynedales Centre on Thursday for a LIVE interview with Sally Nadden on their breakfast show!

SAM 1202First up was Neil Townsend, CancerCare’s Chief Executive, who explained a bit about the history of CancerCare and our beautiful Slynedales building, before heading upstairs to join our Thursday Craft Class! We made Sally a cuppa and between songs, she spoke to Andrea (our Volunteer Coordinator) Wendy Graham (one of our regular volunteers) Karen Slinger (our Craft Class Tutor) and one of our clients Andy Edwards.

Wendy spoke about why she decided to become a volunteer for CancerCare:

“CancerCare's services are vitally important for cancer sufferers and their families. They really helped my sister Elaine.  After her passing, I wanted to give something back. Now I volunteer my time to give someone else quality time – that’s what CancerCare gave Elaine, throughout her illness.

Andy, has terminal liver cancer and has 3 young kids aged 3,5 and 7 and spoke about his experiences of using our services, including our Children & Young People’s Service:

“The first thing me and my wife thought was how do we deal with telling the children their dad is going to die? The CancerCare Counsellors helped us do this, we talked about it as a family. CancerCare has helped all of us.”

Sally Nadden and the Craft GroupKaren spoke about some of the therapeutic benefits of Craft:  

“The group gives them the platform and the space to explore their creativity which can be very relaxing. And the chance to make new friends!”

Craft Class member Charlotte said:

“I was referred by my doctor. I had Counselling first after my cancer surgery- I felt as if I’d hit rock bottom! Then I joined the Craft group. When I first came here I hardly spoke a word. That’s so hard to believe now!”

If you would like more information about our craft group, please call 01524 381 820

Listen to the show again at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nqzpt#auto

AND if that wasn’t enough, CancerCare Fundraiser Richard Cogger was also interviewed by BBC Radio Cumbria later on in the day to talk about our forthcoming StarWalk event in Kendal!