Cancer Support Group update

Former Spirieites player Tony Lormor runs a Cancer Support Group which meets on a monthly basis in the HUB.

The group is for people who are affected by cancer to chat freely with those in a similar position.

The meetings are free to attend and include drinks and snacks and attendees are offered support and guidance during their illness.

Tony told us about what the group involves and how it was set up. He said: “Three years ago, I was really ill with cancer and I decided upon recovery that I wanted to do something purposeful with my life.

“I contacted the club and they were very supportive around setting something up and getting something going.

“We began with a Friday morning group and we’re now 11 months in. We have around 25 regulars coming now, which is great.”

Tony touched on how the group is helping those who attend. “We have some attendees who are terminally ill and they can come here freely and talk about their situation confidentially and without judgment,” he said.

“We’ve found that people can talk about whatever they want and benefit from talking to fellow peers about their situation.”

Tony also had a message for anyone suffering from cancer or anyone who knows someone who could benefit from the group.

“Please don’t be afraid, the hardest bit is making that first step but it’s worth it,” he commented.

“It’s a really relaxed and safe place. You don’t even have to talk if you come down – you can just take comfort from other people in the room.

“Either sit quiet or be the loudest in the room, we don’t mind. We just want to ensure you feel safe and comfortable and can find some comfort from the group.

“We want to help as many people as we possibly can and we want to provide support for you.

“Don’t be afraid, just turn up at the HUB at our next session and you’ll be welcomed with open arms.”

The next session is on Friday October 14 in the HUB (10am to 12 noon). There is no need to book – just turn up!

The following sessions are on November 18 and December 16.