MP visits city charity for Cancer Prevention Week

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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 joan.elmer@liverpoolsunflowers.com

Sunflowers Art Group head to London

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Sunflowers Art Group

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Sunflowers Art Group

In March 7 members of Sunflowers Art Group had a wonderful Day at the Royal Academy of Art. The group went down to see the David Hockney Exhibition “A Bigger Picture”
Thank you to Virgin Trains and the Royal Academy of Art for their generous donations.

City charity supports Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

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April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

City cancer support charity Liverpool Sunflowers is urging people to educate themselves on the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer as April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

The disease is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, but experts say but it shouldn’t be, as it is very treatable, particularly when diagnosed early.

Almost 40,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK every year; and more than 16,250 people die each year of the disease. It mostly affects older people, with 95% of all diagnoses in people over the age of 50.

If discovered at the earliest stage, there is a survival rate of more than 90%. So this April, the charity is urging anyone concerned about the symptoms of bowel cancer to visit their GP.

Joan Elmer, project director at Liverpool Sunflowers, and a cancer survivor herself, said:

“At Sunflowers, we support patients and their families affected by all types of cancer. We see a huge number of benefits for patients who have been diagnosed with the same cancer type meeting to share their experiences, and offer a range of free support groups and alternative therapies that can really compliment medical support offered by the NHS.

“There’s many reasons why bowel cancer is something that often isn’t talked about or picked up until it could be too late, and that is why raising awareness of what to look for is so important.”

Symptoms of bowel cancer can include changes in usual bowel habits, extreme tiredness with no known cause, bleeding from the rectum or blood in stools, and feelings of pain or a lump in the stomach. Health professionals say that in most cases, these symptoms will not be cancer, but you are needn’t feel you are wasting your GP’s time by making sure.

Any patient who has had a cancer diagnosis in Merseyside is welcome to access the services of Sunflowers, as well as their families and carers – which the charity also provides emotional support to.

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.

Joan says: “Our shared experiences help to build a strong community in the fight against cancer. This is particularly important in Merseyside, which has one of the highest rates for cancer in the UK.”

Due to high levels of demand, the charity will also be launching a Bowel Cancer Support group later this month. Anyone that would like to register their interest in this can do so by emailing Joan Elmer at joan.elmer@liverpoolsunflowers.com.

Easter Bonnet Competition

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Easter Bonnet

Easter Bonnet

Thursday 5th April

Create your own unique Easter Bonnet and bring yourself and your handiwork along to enjoy time, companionship and laughter, as you compare your creations for our Easter Bonnet Competition.

A prize will be given for the best bonnet, but the greatest reward is the ‘sharing’!

Starts at 11am ‘til 2pm

Children Welcome

Easter Egg for Best Bonnet

Tea coffee biscuits

Tombola

Entry £1  / Children FREE