CancerCare Expands Support in Barrow

on Tuesday, 14 February 2017. Tags Barrow, cancer, cancer support, CancerCare, Furness, Furness General Hospital, Lakes Centre, North Lancashire, Slynedales, South Lakeland, therapies

CancerCare launches new support services in Barrow and wider Furness area.

Founded in 1983 by a local Oncologist, Lancaster based charity CancerCare already specialise in providing supportive, non-clinical care to local cancer patients, their carers and families and those bereaved, living in North Lancashire & South Lakeland.

Lynda Coleman Rachel and Margaret Barrow

 Helping over 1,500 local people every year, the CancerCare team is supported by 22 staff, 32 therapists and over 120 volunteers, who currently provide a range of therapies at two dedicated centres in Lancaster & Kendal and within local hospitals.

 All the therapies offered aim to act as a bridge between the medical and emotional side effects associated with managing a serious health condition and include relaxing treatments like Massage, the Alexander Technique and Acupressure, as well as more formal counselling sessions, completely free of charge. The new Barrow service is funded by the Sir John Fisher Foundation.

Rachel Minshull

Rachel Minshull, CancerCare Barrow Development Officer says;

 “We’ve had such a positive response from the Barrow community so far with many offers of support to help us set up, such as free venue hire. Our NHS Partners have also been great and have provided an office for us to base ourselves at the Clinical Commissioning Group’s Stafford House on Abbey Road.

At the moment, we have a therapist based in the Oncology unit at Furness General Hospital and two counsellors based from home in Ulverston, but we really want to be able to offer clients a more local and broader service. This would help to remove the stress of having to travel far to have one-to-one therapy and means that more people will be able to access much needed support, when and where they need it most.”

To find out more about the therapies offered by CancerCare in Barrow or to make a referral please contact Rachel Minshull on 01229 384 084 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.