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Local boy to open new Macmillan Cancer Information Centre

A six-year old boy, who has had to learn to walk again after his leg was amputated because of a cancerous bone tumour, has officially opened the new Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre in Bishop Auckland Hospital.

Joshua Mann from Spennymoor and his parents Caroline and Jason will be guests of honour at the event. 

Macmillan Director, Maureen Rutter says: "We're delighted to have worked in partnership with the Trust to open this Centre, which alongside the Information Centres in Durham, Darlington, Shotley Bridge and Chester-le Street, will provide first class, caring information for the many people in the area who are living with cancer.  One of Macmillan's long-standing corporate partners, Nationwide has helped to fund the Bishop Auckland Centre and we are really grateful for their involvement."

The new centre, is open to anyone affected by cancer, including family and carers.  It has a wide range of materials on different cancers, treatments and related subjects such caring for someone with cancer, talking to children and coping with emotional and practical problems.  A specialist benefits advice officer visits the Centre once a week to help with financial problems caused by a cancer diagnosis. There is also a professionally- run 'bra clinic' for women who have had a mastectomy and  'Headwear' -  to help people who have lost their hair find  bandanas and scarves to suit them -  and acupuncture sessions will soon be available.

Laura Robson, Director of Nursing at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust said: "Being diagnosed with cancer is a difficult experience and we know that getting information which is up to date and easy to understand is of enormous benefit - helping patients and their families to adjust to living with cancer. The Trust is committed to working in partnership with Macmillan to ensure that our patients have access to as much information and support as they need." 

Macmillan Information Centre Manager, Bernadette Measures, says:  "We hope that local people affected by cancer will come along to the Centre for a chat to see what's on offer and to see how we may be able to help.  Everything is free of charge and you don't need an appointment.   We're easy to find in the Outpatients Department and we're normally open from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday."

'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very thankful and relieved patient'.

Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital of North Durham