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

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


Entry £1  / Children FREE


Sunflowers Choir get their XFactor moment


Sunflowers Choir

Sunflowers Choir

Sunflowers Cancer support centre in Aigburth had their own bit of X Factor last week when they were asked to  sing at a civic ceremony at Liverpool Town Hall in front of 150 civic dignitaries and distinguished guests from the fields of Health and Cancer Research and many other areas . Guests included the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Harpal Kumar, CEO of Cancer Research UK and Deputy Leader of the Council Roz Gladden. Local celebrity Amanda Harrington also came along to add a touch of sparkle.

The  ceremony was in honour of  Liverpool Cancer Research UK Centre being presented Freedom of The City of Liverpool. The Choir sang, “here comes the Sun,” by George Harrison. Sunflowers were  chosen to sing because of their close relationship with Liverpool Cancer Research UK Centre, working with Local Engagement Manager Emma Squibb on a number of projects within the community,

“I was delighted that the Choir from Sunflowers were able to perform at the event, which at the end of the day was about the joint effort we are all making in Liverpool, to fight cancer. The evening was about the positive impact we are making so it was only right that we should have a choir of cancer survivors singing such a hopeful song. Everyone thought they were fab, and a massive thank you from me to Alison and everyone who took part.”