Grange cancer drop in celebrates 25 years! 05-Oct-2018
The grange cancer drop in group celebrated its 25th year anniversary on Thursday. They celebrated by having afternoon tea at the thornleigh hotel in
Grange over sands. Around 30 members attended some travelling from Leeds, Penrith and many who live locally, aswell as 5 of the original
St Mary's Hospice volunteer and group member Marie O'Connor said "I've realised being a member of our group has had a good and lasting effect on a lot
of people. Everyone here has played a part in making our group what is today; a lovely, friendly and caring group."
The group was formed in 1993 by Joan Pollit from St Mary's Hospice and has since been run by volunteers. The aim of the group is to provide understanding,
friendship and support to people experiencing cancer or a different life limiting illness. They support relatives, friends and carers and people who
are bereaved. They offer support but have also had talks and demonstrations, they have a poetry afternoon, coach trips, coffee mornings, raffles and
Christmas fairs all to help generate vital funding for the group.
Anne Thorne has been a member of the group for 2-3 years, she said "It's important when you're in a difficult situation to be around people. I've started
going to the [St Mary's Hospice] Living Well group, it's absolutely brilliant. I started to feel positively human. The important thing is to get the
chance to go out and be with people".
Marianne has been attending the group since 2010 with her sister Agnes who's been a member since 2000. She added "I think It's really brilliant. I've made
quite a few really lasting friendships. We help each other through shared experiences. There's about 35 total members of which 16 to 20 come each week".
The drop in group meets every Friday afternoon from 2 to 4pm at the Father Magner room at the rear of St Charles' RC Church, it offers an opportunity to
talk to people going through similar experiences, or just enjoy their fellowship.
L to R: Agnes, Caroline, Marie, Marianne
some of the original members.