Cancer ‘walking service’

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A local charity is looking for people to volunteer for its new “walking service” for cancer patients in the Derry area.

The Ulster Cancer Foundation (UCF) is urgently seeking new volunteers to help provide vital support for cancer patients and their families across the North West.

As well as needing people to help in its charity shops in both Derry and Limavady, UCF says volunteers are especially needed to assist with its new walking service.

Morag Chambers, volunteer co-ordinator with UCF, explains: “The latest service being developed in the North West is the provision of facilitated walking groups, geared to the needs of people living with cancer. Our new walking groups will follow a slow and progressive walking programme that allows the body to gradually rebuild its normal levels of fitness.

“Those taking part will have the opportunity to meet other people in a similar situation as well as enjoying the health benefits that outdoor exercise brings.

“We need help to organise the walking groups and would love to hear from anyone who enjoys walking and is interested in helping provide practical support for people dealing with a cancer diagnosis. We anticipate this will be a very sociable and enjoyable voluntary role.”

The frequency and dates of the walks will, says Morag, depend on the availability of the volunteers.

UCF also needs more help in its charity shops which provide an essential part of the income needed to maintain a wide range of services.

“The UCF shops are a busy, fast moving environment and volunteering is a great opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills and gain retail experience, says Morag.

“You can work behind the till, on the shop floor or help organise the in-coming stock. If you have time to spare, enjoy being part of a team and want to help us in the fight against cancer, we welcome your help. Even a few hours a week or month is a tremendous help.”

If you would like to find out more, contact Morag Chambers on 028 9068 0773 or email moragchambers@ulstercancer.org