Friendship and conversation at Mead Vale cancer support group

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 August 2018

Members of the Fuchsia Group.

Members of the Fuchsia Group.

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A cancer support group in Mead Vale has marked its eighth anniversary.

The Fuchsia Group has met at The Nightjar pub, in Nightingale Close, every Thursday morning for the past five years after moving from Worlebury Golf Club.

Fuchsia, which stands for Friendship and Understanding, Cancer Help and Support in Abundance, is attended by people who have cancer, and those who have been affected by it, such as carers and family members.

However, the word ‘cancer’ rarely comes up during meetings – instead, members meet for friendship, cakes and a conversation.

Group leader Julie Crowther said: “I have done a counselling course, so if anyone wants a quiet word with me they can.

“People come here to support each other and have a coffee and cake and a good laugh.

“Some people live on their own, and this is somewhere they can come to be with people.

“If anyone would like to come along, they are very welcome.”

Fuchsia occasionally goes on coach trips and meet for meals out.

People who have moved out of Weston still attend meetings as the group has become such an important support network for them.

Meetings can be attended by between five and 12 people, with some popping in for an hour and others staying for the full two hours.

Agnes Holder, who is terminally ill, was given six months to live 10 years ago, and helped to set Fuchsia up.

She said: “When people finish treatment they can feel desolate and alone and family can be too close to the situation to talk to.

“It is a support group but we don’t give advice, we point them in the right direction where they will get help.

“Someone might have a side-effect from the treatment and if they speak to someone in the group they may find they had the same thing and can be told what treatment they are getting for it.

“We support each other in different ways, and that’s what I like so much about the group.”

The Fuchsia Group meets every Thursday from 10am to noon.

For more details, contact Julie on 07896 699627 or Agnes on 07939 057822or, email hello@fuchsia.org.uk or visit www.fuchsia.org.uk

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