Support for those affected by cancer

The Chesterfield FC coffee mornings were set up last year to provide support for anyone affected by cancer.

Hosted by former Spireites striker Tony Lormor, the sessions have been well received and gathered a good group of people talking about their experiences.

Speaking about the sessions, he said: “From my point of view and what I’ve been through, this is exactly what I wanted and how I envisaged it being.

“I just wanted to set something up where people could come and listen if that’s what they want to do. It’s just so rewarding and I’m loving how it’s building. 

“We’ve had a lady come in and she said how important she found in the fact that she can speak to and hear people who have gone through something similar.

“That’s come out three or four times [in these meetings] from different people and it just shows how important the group is. “

The sessions take place on one Friday every month and usually included a guest speaker as well as a couple of other activities.

“There’s a chance to speak with people who understand,” Lormor said. “We’ve had guest speakers in. We’ve had a guy in that is a psychologist and he’s taught us some stuff. There’s been some relaxing meditation methods.

“You’re seeing the same people come back. They find strength for themselves. We do it every month and when you’ve got cancer, things change on a daily/weekly basis.

“You sit around a table and have a cup of coffee or a cup of tea, have a sticky bun and it relaxes everybody. We all share our experiences and I think it has a warming effect on everybody.”

Dawn Warrington, Macmillan information and support leader, co-hosts the sessions with Lormor and explained why the meetings are required.

She said: “I think it is really important. The unique thing about this group is that it is for anybody affected by cancer. So, it’s for any stage, any type, and it’s also for those affected by it for loved ones, friends or family member.

“The ideal thing is that people come here and genuinely share how they feel. And people truly understand how they are feeling and what experiences they are going through.”

The next coffee morning is set to take place on Friday, March 25, from 10am to 12pm in the Kevin Randall Suite in the HUB.