Riverside MP Louise Ellman paid a visit to Liverpool Sunflowers centre today to mark Cancer Prevention Week (May 14 – 18).
While visiting the centre, Ms Ellman made a plea for Merseyside businesses to consider supporting their local charities, particularly in these difficult times.
Liverpool Sunflowers, based in Aigburth, is a unique support service for individuals living with a cancer diagnosis, and their families or carers.
The Riverside MP met with service users at the drop in centre and talked to professionals and volunteers about their work.
Liverpool Sunflowers provides advice and guidance services, counseling, alternative therapies and group support sessions in a welcoming and safe environment.
The service is confidential, free and led by a team of professionals, aimed at providing a tailor-made support service for individuals and their families, responding directly to their needs.
The ethos at Sunflowers is that shared experiences help to build a strong community in the fight against cancer, and this is particularly important in Merseyside which has one of the highest incidence rates for cancer in the UK.
Louise Ellman, MP said: “Whilst the NHS provide the best medical care to people suffering from cancer, local charities like Sunflowers, who provide much-needed complimentary support on a social and emotional level, are just as important for the wellbeing of patients battling all types of cancer.
“As a community resource, Liverpool Sunflowers, and other organisations like it, play an absolutely vital role and I would urge as many individuals and organisations as possible to consider how they can lend their support to local charities like this, which do such an incredible job in helping people through difficult times.”
Project Director for Liverpool Sunflowers, Joan Elmer said: “We are absolutely delighted that Louise Ellman has made the time to visit us and learn about the work we do in the community here at Sunflowers.
“Without the support of those who care passionately about fundraising or volunteering we would not be able to operate as we do, and we are very grateful for that.”
For more information about the work of Liverpool Sunflowers, please visit www.liverpoolsunflowers.com or contact Joan Elmer on 0151 726 8934 or firstname.lastname@example.org