Macmillan will visit towns to support awareness week

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VOLUNTEERS from a cancer support charity will be out and about during an awareness week.

Macmillan Cancer Support is supporting Dying Matters Awareness Week, from May 18 until May 24, by visiting Gosport and Fareham.

The charity’s mobile service is stopping at Gosport on May 19 and Fareham the following day.

A team of information and support specialists will be on board to offer free, confidential support to anyone with a concern or a question relating to cancer or end-of-life care.

Michelle Smith, one of the specialists, said: ‘Improvements in early diagnosis and cancer treatments mean that more people are surviving and living longer with cancer than ever before, but sadly around 161,400 people in the UK still die as a result of cancer every year.

‘End-of-life care is something that will affect us all.

‘By being able to talk about it openly we can help ensure care is well co-ordinated and planned.

She added: ‘We want to help ensure that everyone has access to the right support at the right time so we would encourage anyone in Gosport or Fareham with a question or concern about cancer to drop in and talk to us.’

The Macmillan team will be at Gosport market, near Lawrence Square, from 10am until 4pm. In Fareham, it will be outside 74 West Street in the town centre, from 10am until 4pm.