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CLAN extends relationship with national cancer charity

A north-east cancer support charity has strengthened its relationship with a leading national cancer charity with the introduction of an advice service to its Aberdeen base. CLAN Cancer Support‘s existing relationship with Macmillan Cancer Support has seen them signpost clients to the national charity for advice on benefits and employment for a number of years.

Now, a new collaboration with The Grampian Macmillan Cancer Centre Project will see appointments available at CLAN House, where people undergoing treatment at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary can attend to receive advice on financial and employment issues.

The Grampian Macmillan Cancer Centre Project is a partnership between Macmillan, The Pension Service and Grampian Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and will be present at CLAN House fortnightly on a Thursday morning on an appointment basis only.

Debbie Thomson, CLAN CEO, said: “We understand that for some people, a cancer diagnosis can result in financial worries. Aspects such as loss of income and additional costs in heating for example can put an extra strain on a person and the advice provided through these appointments will look at alleviating some of these anxieties.

“We’re delighted to be extending our already existing working relationship with Macmillan, in what we believe is a great example of cancer support charities working together to support those affected by cancer.”

Kerry Craib, project co-ordinator at the Grampian Macmillan Cancer Centre Project, said: “Macmillan has been working with clients of CLAN for a number of years and we’re now in a position to offer this support from CLAN House in Aberdeen through the Macmillan Cancer Centre Project; a collaboration between Macmillan, The Pension Service and Grampian Citizens Advice Bureau.

“The Grampian Macmillan Cancer Centre Project provides advice on a wide range of issues such as benefits, debt, housing and employment; issues that can cause stress and worry for those affected by cancer.

“Our service will be available through CLAN on an appointment basis only and we’d urge anyone who is currently experiencing anxiety over any of these issues to come forward and hear about how we can help.”

The next available appointments for the service are on February, 13 and can be made via the CLAN House reception on 01224 647000 or on enquiries@clanhouse.org

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 north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. CLAN has a presence in Ballater, Banchory, Elgin, Inverurie, Fraserburgh, 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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