New cancer services for Derry

Mayor of Derry, Colr Kevin Campbell with Gareth Kirk, Paul Laughlin,Michelle mcLaren (Pink Ladies), Geraldine Kirk, Mary Diamond, Norman Carson and Karen Mullen at the launch of the Actin Cancer North West. (1503JB98)
Mayor of Derry, Colr Kevin Campbell with Gareth Kirk, Paul Laughlin,Michelle mcLaren (Pink Ladies), Geraldine Kirk, Mary Diamond, Norman Carson and Karen Mullen at the launch of the Actin Cancer North West. (1503JB98)

In a massive boost for cancer sufferers in the North West, Action Cancer yesterday launched permanent support and therapeutic services here which will see 24 free appointments offered to people affected by cancer every week,

In a massive boost for cancer sufferers in the North West, Action Cancer today launched permanent support and therapeutic services here which will see 24 free appointments offered to people affected by cancer every week,

It’s a permanent move which has been hailed as a major breakthrough by support groups locally and the first official project announced by Action Cancer to mark the organisation’s 40th anniversary.

The services, which were officially launched at Derry’s Waterfoot Hotel today, will be delivered in partnership with the Pink Ladies and Derry Well Woman and are supported by the Department of Social Development and are set to operate from the Gasyard Centre, the Caw and Nelson Drive Action group and Galliagh Women’s Group. In addition, the charity will work with Derry Well Woman to provide support for female carers affected by cancer and will provide services from Strabane Health Centre for people in that area.

Speaking at the event, Gareth Kirk, Chief Executive of Action Cancer said they were delighted to be able to deliver for people on the ground in Derry. “We should be delivering our service where the people are, into the heart of the community, working together and engaging. It might not always be possible for people in these communities to travel to receive support and therapies” he said.

“We are passionately here to tell people they are not on their own and that we’re there for them. I look forward to coming back in ten years and hearing stories from the people who have benefitted most from this announcement.”

Michelle McLaren from the Pink Ladies said: “The counselling and complementary therapy services that Action Cancer will provide in the North West will further enrich the range of health awareness and support services that we currently provide here for people affected by cancer. We welcome this permanent move made by Action Cancer.

Derry’s Mayor, Councillor Kevin Campbell said: “This is the kind of collaboration we need for people here whose lives are affected by cancer and this collaborative approach between Action Cancer, the Pink Ladies and Derry Well Woman will be delivered on the ground, where it counts and that’s something to be welcomed.”