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Chai support for children

Last updated: 2004-01-11

Chai cancer care offering support

Offering support to children

Chai Cancer Care is setting up a support group for children of families affected by cancer. The Finchley-based charity will be providing qualified counsellors to help children aged between nine and 14, who are trying to deal with the trauma of cancer in the family, whether they are siblings, children or grandchildren.

An open session will be held at the Chai Cancer Care Support Centre on Sunday February 8 and regular group meetings will be held from the following Sunday.

"Cancer in the family does affect children and it is important that we recognise that these children need supporting," said Chai Cancer Care executive director Kathryn Finlay. "Hopefully, this group will go some way towards providing that help. It is the first of several children's services that we are hoping to provide in the near future."

Meanwhile, Chai Cancer Care held a 'thank you' lunch for 40 staff and volunteers when speakers included Lady Amelie Jakobovits and Dr Adrian Tuckman, medical director of Edenhall Marie Curie Centre and consultant in palliative care at the Royal Free Hospital.

Dr Tuckman, who is a medical patron of Chai Cancer Care, said Chai had been a pioneer in the area of holistic treatment for cancer patients and also in recognising the importance of supporting those caring for cancer patients, their families and friends.

For more information: 020 8202 2211