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CLAN announces Moray expansion

North-east cancer support charity, CLAN, has announced a new partnership and expansion that will bring the provision of free services across Moray for anyone affected by cancer.

CLAN Cancer Support announced its new partnership with Elgin & District Cancer Support Group (E&DCSG) at an event attended by guests from a variety of organisations including Moray Council, community councils, local companies, Grampian Police, Rotary clubs, GPs, nurses and practice managers.

The attendees heard of plans for the partnership that will provide local people with a drop-in facility offering support and information, counselling, monthly support group meetings and complementary therapies. With Elgin town centre premises already secured, work will soon begin to prepare the new centre for use.

Debbie Thomson, chief executive of CLAN said: “CLAN has already enjoyed a long and successful working relationship with Elgin & District Cancer Support Group and we are delighted to be working together to bring an enhanced support service to those living in Elgin and the surrounding district who are affected by cancer.

“Many people throughout Moray may already be familiar with the work of CLAN having stayed in our bed and breakfast accommodation, CLAN Haven, whilst attending Aberdeen hospitals for treatments and appointments. Indeed we were delighted to welcome some of them to our event.

“However, by establishing a presence in Elgin, people will be able to access a wide range of services locally and free of charge.”

Pat Bray, E&DCSG chairman said: “The group members are delighted with the partnership that will help us continue to meet the growing needs and develop a sustainable support service in the area which will improve the outcome for our current and future clients.”

At the event, hosted by Johnstons of Elgin, the charity also announced the appointment of a services co-ordinator for the Moray area. Tracy Sellar will be responsible for developing services across Moray, as well as playing a key role in raising awareness and funds.

Claire Fraser, services manager at CLAN Cancer Support, said: “We are obviously delighted at the appointment of a full time staff member in Moray and we are really looking forward to developing our services throughout the community.

“The services that we offer will provide local people with support, information and counselling right on their doorstep, allowing CLAN to reach out to people right across the North-east of Scotland.”

CLAN Cancer Support is an independent charity which provides comfort, support and information, free of charge, for anyone, of any age, affected by any type of cancer. CLAN aims to support people to reduce anxiety, stress and to increase their ability to cope with the effects of a serious illness. Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the whole of Grampian, Orkney and Shetland. CLAN has a presence in Ballater, Inverurie, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Kirkwall and Lerwick.

For further information about CLAN Cancer Support please call (01224) 647 000 or visit www.clanhouse.org

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