Cancer advice on the road from mobile unit

From left, Terence Rierkert, Matt Chapman, Steve Kramer, Dan Deeks, Theresa Newstead, Simon Freeman and Josh Roux
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SPECIALIST help and support for cancer sufferers and their families was given by a mobile unit of advisers.

Macmillan Cancer Support’s mobile service stopped off in Portsmouth and saw 116 people over two days.

John Galfin, support specialist, said: ‘We have visited Hampshire a few times since the unit started touring in 2010.

‘We have always had a great reception so were really pleased to see so many people on the mobile service while back here again.

‘There were a wide variety of queries.

‘They ranged from financial issues to medical questions and support needs.

‘We also had a lot of queries about fundraising which were much appreciated.

‘We’d like to thank Suzanne Phillips from the Macmillan Library Project in Portsmouth and the nurses from the Queen Alexandra Hospital who came to volunteer on the unit during our stay.’

During last year’s tour the mobile unit was visited by 8,331 people over 132 days, and forty-seven per cent of the guests were men.

According to the cancer charity, around 6,500 people in Hampshire receive a cancer diagnosis every year.

The charity says each of these people will need practical, emotional, and financial support, which is where they would like to help.

For more information on the service or about support for those with cancer call 0808 808 00 00 or visit macmillan.org.uk.