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CLAN now open in Turriff

A range of services provided by CLAN Cancer Support is now up and running in Turriff.

CLAN officially launched its expansion into the area at the Turriff Town House yesterday (Thursday, December 4) at an event attended by local people, which aimed to give them an insight into the new support provision at the wellbeing centre.

The charity is now providing a range of services from within the former municipal building on the town’s High Street for anyone affected by cancer, including one-to-one support, counselling, access to its specialist children and families’ service, complementary therapies and wellbeing activities.

Lucy Whiteman, CLAN’s services manager, said: “We are delighted that services in Turriff are now underway after months of preparation to get to this point. We have received a tremendous amount of support from the local community and surrounding areas, which we are very grateful for. The launch day was a great success and we were pleased to be able to share information on the type of services we are now providing.

“The commencement of services here is an important milestone for us, and we do hope that the enhancement of our north-east provision will be of benefit to patients, carers and other family members affected by cancer.”

CLAN’s Turriff base will initially be open between 10am and 4pm every Friday. The charity has its head office in Aberdeen but covers the whole of north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.

CLAN has received great support from people within Turriff, exemplified by the kind efforts of Lorna Skinner. Mrs Skinner raised more than £4,500 after holding a fundraising band night in Aberchirder and plans to split the money between CLAN and Friends of Anchor.

She said: “My husband Richard passed away from cancer four years ago in March. Both charities helped my family so much throughout his diagnosis and supporting us afterwards. I wanted to give something back that will go towards helping them continue to provide such a meaningful service.

“I found the fundraising night to be quite an emotional experience, but I am delighted with the amount of money that was raised. I am particularly grateful to my husband’s work, KCA Deutag, who added £250 onto the total. It is fantastic that CLAN is now in Turriff, I know how much it will mean to families in the area to have their services close at hand.”

Jill Morrison, staff nurse at Turriff Hospital, said the CLAN support and wellbeing centre would be a great boost to the area.

"It will be extremely beneficial for local patients and families to receive support during very emotional times without the long journey to Aberdeen. We look forward to using this service,” she added.

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, Turriff, Kirkwall and Lerwick.

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

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