Have a brew and raise money for Cancer Research UK

PEOPLE across Sefton are being invited to host a Cancer Research UK Coffee Morning and help raise money to fund life-saving research.

Every day, 110 people are diagnosed with cancer in the North West. And that’s why the charity is calling on people across the region to join together with friends, colleagues and family for a cuppa and a natter while raising funds to help beat cancer sooner.

The charity is encouraging everyone to sign up for a free fundraising pack today and host a coffee morning any time until the end of May – with the official coffee morning day falling on April 6.

The coffee mornings can be held at home, in the office, at school or in the local community, with people making a donation to attend.

Alison Barbuti, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for Merseyside, said: “Signing up for a Cancer Research UK Coffee Morning is a piece of cake!

“We are encouraging everyone in Merseyside to host a coffee morning and ask guests to donate in exchange for a drink, snack and chat. We all love a good brew in the North West and taking time out of the office or home for elevenses is a great way to catch up with friends and colleagues.

“Every donation made will help save lives by funding research to accelerate the charity’s progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

“Cancer survival has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress – but every step our doctors, nurses and scientists take relies on donations from the public and the tireless fundraising of our supporters.

“We hope everyone in Merseyside will join us by hosting a Cancer Research UK Coffee Morning so we can beat cancer sooner.”

The Cancer Research UK Coffee Morning fundraising pack contains everything supporters need to plan their perfect coffee morning, including posters, balloons, recipe suggestions and fundraising ideas.

Are you eligible for bowel cancer screening?

Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK. However it shouldn’t be because it is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

Taking part in bowel cancer screening is the best way to get diagnosed early which is why the UK’s leading bowel cancer research charity, Bowel Cancer UK, is using Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to focus on screening.

Screening can save lives but at the moment in some areas of the UK only a third of those who receive a test complete it. Thousands of people are missing out on the chance to detect bowel cancer early when it is easier to treat.

If you are over 60, take the test when you receive it in the post. If you are younger, tell the people over 60 (or over 50 in Scotland) in your life, to take the test.

For more information about screening visit the Bowel Cancer UK website.

South Sefton CCG to hold event in support of World Cancer Day

In support of World Cancer Day, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is holding a raft of events at the recently opened Strand by Me shop in Bootle.

Global World Cancer Day takes place on 4 February uniting the planet population in the fight against cancer. It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and educating people about the illness.

The event at the community and health shop inside Bootle’s Strand shopping centre will take place over five days from Monday 1 February. It will see the CCG, Macmillan Cancer Support, Cancer Research UK, Aintree University Hospital and Sefton Pensioners’ Advocacy Centre (SPAC) offering advice to those living with and beyond cancer.

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Dr Debbie Harvey, a Macmillan GP from NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “The event is a chance for those affected by cancer in the area to come together and meet like-minded people as well as getting some useful advice.

“We want to make it easier for people to get the information they need to support them living with cancer. People often say they are not aware of the help available locally so we want to improve that. We hope that this event builds awareness of what is out there in the community and is beneficial.”

A practice nurse from NHS South Sefton CCG will also be on site to speak to people about cervical cancer and how important it is for women to have regular screenings, following on from Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (24-30 January 2016).

Davina Hanlon, consultant and cancer screening lead at Public Health, Sefton Council, said: “We really support events like this as they are so beneficial in reminding people what is out there to support them. Thousands of lives are saved each year from people going for cancer screenings and I can’t stress enough how important it is to have them.

“There are three types of screenings; cervical for women aged 25-64, breast for 50-70 year old women and bowel which is a home testing kit offered to men and women aged 60-74. You will receive letters when you are due an appointment and I would urge you to book.”

The full schedule for the week-long event at Strand by Me is below:

  • Monday 1 February

Macmillan information and resources drop in

  • Tuesday 2 February

Specialist nurses from Aintree University Hospital will be on hand to speak to visitors about Breast, Bladder, Kidney, Prostate and Bowel Cancer.

  • Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 February

Cancer Research UK will have ‘Smokerlyzer’ Carbon Monoxide breath tests and can offer BMI checks and general health checks over the two days.

A practice nurse from NHS South Sefton CCG will also be on site to chat to those affected by cancer and to encourage women to go for regular cervical screening tests.

  • Friday 5 February

Sefton Pensioners’ Advocacy Centre (SPAC) information day

No need to book, just pop in on the day and there is also a private room available for confidential meetings if required.

Strand by Me opened in September 2015 and is managed by Sefton CVS in partnership with NHS South Sefton CCG. For more information visit: www.seftoncvs.org.uk/strandbyme