Cancer patients get the ‘big picture’

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CANCER sufferers and survivors are being invited to take part in new art sessions aimed at enhancing their therapeutic experience.

The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, at Peterlee’s Castle Dene Shopping Centre, is hosting art sessions called The Big Picture.

Users of the centre have already produced work with artist Alison Harris of local charity Lifespan, interpreting the four seasons as an image of the cancer journeys have they experienced.

The group is due to meet again for their two-hour, weekly sessions from Thursday, January 27, for eight to 10 weeks to complete the journey through the seasons and is looking for new participants to go along and join the fun, supportive environment.

Andrea Elsbury, County Durham and Darlington Community Health Services’ health improvement specialist at the centre said: “People don’t need to be artistic to join in, activities are simple and fun and Alison is always on hand with advice and support.

“The group has been an opportunity for mutual support and friendship for those who have experienced cancer and seeks to help promote emotional wellbeing for the participants.”

Anyone interested in attending the sessions can contact Andrea on 0800 7834056.