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Earl of Wessex officially opens CLAN’s Elgin Centre

CLAN Cancer Support today (Wednesday May 21) welcomed two royal visitors as its centre in Elgin, which provides free cancer support services to anyone in Moray, was officially opened.

CLAN welcomed the Earl of Wessex in his capacity as the Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and the Countess of Wessex to officially open its facility on the town’s High Street.

On arrival, Their Graces were met by Lt Col Grenville Johnston, Lord Lieutenant of Moray, and were introduced to CLAN’s chief executive Debbie Thomson and CLAN’s Moray area services co-ordinator Tracy Sellar before being guided on a short tour of the centre.

Their Graces then met with a small number of clients, volunteers and staff before unveiling a plaque to officially mark the opening.

CLAN chief executive Debbie Thomson was delighted to welcome Their Graces to Elgin. She said: “We were absolutely thrilled to welcome the Earl and Countess to Elgin to mark the official opening of CLAN’s centre within the town “The visit is great recognition and reward for the team of local personnel and volunteers and it’s their commitment and dedication that has ensured that we are able to offer free support services in the heart of Moray.”

CLAN opened the doors of its drop-in centre in Elgin last year and provides a range of free cancer support services on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 4pm and on Tuesdays from 2pm to 8pm at the base at 227 High Street.

The charity has also established a successful monthly men’s group within the town, giving males the opportunity to come together in a friendly and supportive environment to talk openly to people who are undergoing similar experiences with cancer. The charity’s children and family services manager is also present within the centre every second Wednesday, giving clients the chance to arrange a meeting in advance or simply drop-in to find out how CLAN can help them and their young ones.

For more information on the charity’s services in Elgin, please drop in to the centre or call CLAN on 01343 544132.

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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