Friends and family of people going through cancer were invited to a Carers Week event at the Macmillan Horizon Centre last week (June 16th) to raise awareness of the types of support available in Sussex.
Visitors were treated to pampering and complementary therapy sessions, and had the chance to network with others supporting people with cancer.
Newly-elected MP for Brighton Kemptown Lloyd Russell-Moyle visited the centre for the first time today. He said: “It is such a beautiful building and I’d seen it rise up from the outside but today I got the chance to see it from the inside.
“It feels really welcoming and a sanctuary for people affected by cancer looking for support. Macmillan Cancer Support has recently supported a close family friend and I have a number of family and friends who’ve been affected by cancer, so it’s great to see that this centre is here offering such support, not only for cancer patients but for their friends and family as well.”
Many people looking after or supporting a loved one don’t consider themselves to be carers and consequently don’t seek the support they need.
Every day across the UK almost 1.5 million people are supporting a loved one currently going through cancer. They perform a range of tasks from helping with household chores and personal care to providing transport or just being there to talk. Macmillan understands that this can have a big impact on your life and you may feel overwhelmed – so we’re here to help.
Geoff Brown, Macmillan Horizon Centre manager, said: “There are more and more people being diagnosed with cancer, so naturally are the number of family members and friends looking after them .
“But many don’t see themselves as carers and therefore don’t get any support. Cancer carers do everything from taking their loved one to hospital, give them medication, or just being there to offer emotional support.
“We wanted to make it as easy as possible and saw this week as an opportunity to highlight the information and support available to people across Sussex.”
Carers Week runs from June 12th to 18th and the centre began the week with a coffee morning on the Monday, run by Brighton Carers Centre.
For more information about the support on offer please visit www.macmillan.org.uk/carers or helpline on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm).
To find out more about the centre: visit www.macmillan.org.uk/horizoncentre; or e-mail email@example.com; or phone 01273 468770; or call into The Macmillan Horizon Centre, 2 Bristol Gate, Brighton, BN2 5BD (across the road from the Sussex Cancer Centre at the Royal Sussex Hospital in Kemptown, Brighton).
We also offer information for healthcare professionals, so they can let carers know about the support available – see www.macmillan.org.uk/supportingcarers.