Relaxation break for cancer patients

Friendly company, excellent food and relaxation were in ample supply at a special weekend break for cancer patients, their partners and carers at Corrymeela in Ballycastle recently.

More than 90 people from all over Northern Ireland took part in the annual weekend organised by Cancer Focus Northern Ireland, the new name for the Ulster Cancer Foundation.

The aim of the weekend is to give cancer patients a relaxing weekend away which will help them recharge their batteries during a difficult time in their lives.

Among the activities on offer were make-up sessions with Cancer Focus beauty therapist Fiona Barr, art work with the charity’s art therapist Joanne Robinson and yoga with Jeanne Rankin.

Cancer Focus Care Services Manager Deirdre Conlon said: “Despite the bad weather this was our best weekend away to date and the feedback from those who came along has been excellent.

“Cancer patients and those who help them go through a very tough time and our weekend aimed to help them regenerate and take time out for a little pampering. It was also an excellent opportunity for people to chat with others in a similar situation.

“We also had time for a demonstration on healthy foods and made delicious smoothies for everyone, and had a brilliant sing-song on Saturday night which really helped lift everyone’s spirits. It was simply all great craic.

“This service is provided free of charge and we are always keen to see new faces, so if you think you might be interested in coming along to our next weekend, or would like information about any of our other free services, please get in contact with us.”

Cancer Focus offers a wide range of services including a bra fitting service, free helpline, counselling, walking groups, art and creative writing therapy.

For more information please call Toby Wheeler on 028 9066 3281, email or click on