Male Uprising Guernsey supports Macmillan HOPE programme

Friday 7 March 2014

Thanks to financial support from Male Uprising Guernsey, islanders will have access to three Macmillan HOPE programmes in 2014. The 6-week courses are run for cancer patients to help them manage the day-to-day impact of living with the disease and coping with life beyond cancer treatment.

A lot of patients come to the end of their cancer treatment without knowing what to do next or where to go to meet people. Often they will have many questions and concerns that they don't want to burden family and friends with and living beyond cancer comes with its own set of challenges.

The Macmillan HOPE programme covers healthy lifestyle skills, relaxation, coping with tiredness and fatigue and helps attendees to develop the confidence needed to face the future. As one Guernsey resident who attended a previous course explains: 'it gives you a manual in six weeks for living the rest of your life with enjoyment.'

The skills taught in the sessions are useful for those patients who have undergone cancer treatment. As well as gaining new life skills the sessions are a great way to meet people who can offer mutual support and friendship.

'Male Uprising Guernsey is pleased to be able to support this incredibly worthwhile cancer support programme. The Macmillan HOPE course really helps people move on after treatment and we believe it plays an important role in the lives of those living with, or recovering from cancer,' says Trevor Kelham, founder of Male Uprising Guernsey

The next programme is due to start on 27th March, with each session running from 2pm - 4.30pm. Pat Child, Pamela Cann and Helen Bates, all cancer survivors, have had received special training by the Macmillan cancer support charity to run the programmes. They bring their own personal experiences to bear in the sessions, making the programme even more valuable to cancer patients.

Di Mathews, Health Promotion Officer for Cancer Prevention urges islanders to get in touch about the new course: 'The HOPE programme doesn't take up much time but we know how much people benefit from the sessions. You may have finished treatment recently, or some time ago, it doesn't matter, we'd love to hear from you.'

Course dates: Thursday 27th March - 1st May.

Time: 2pm - 4.30pm

Call the Bulstrode Oncology Unit on 01481 725 241 ext. 4601