A brief history of the Group
The Group was started in February 2000 by Carol Morton, a resident of Oakham. Carol had been treated successfully for ovarian cancer and while her medical treatment had been very good there seemed to be very little ongoing support or information for patients and their families after leaving hospital.
The first meeting was held in Oakham Hospital and was attended by 15 people. Since then the Group has grown and now has in the region of 60 members with an average of around 40 attending the monthly meetings.
Since 2000 support services for cancer patients and their families have developed and broadened, but attendance at our meetings confirms that there is a continuing need for the support the Group offers.
Although the Group was originally Rutland based, interest and support grew and spread so that at Easter 2001 monthly meetings began in Melton and have continued regularly. We are now known as The Rutland and Melton Cancer Support Group.
The aims of the Group
The Group through its regular monthly meetings and the work of the committee offers friendship and emotional support regardless of age or circumstances to anyone suffering or recovering from cancer, their families, those who are caring for family members or friends and those who have suffered bereavement.
We do not offer medical advice
but seeks to reach out to those who are coping with cancer and who feel perhaps they are alone.
Why not speak to one of our Group to find out more about us.
You don’t have to cope alone
It would be good to meet you. You are most welcome.
Where and when we meet
The Rutland Group meets on the third Thursday morning of every month at 10.30am at The Friends Meeting House, Gaol Street, Oakham LE15 6BG.
The Melton Group meets on the first Thursday morning every month at 10.00am at The Samworth Centre, 8 Burton Street, Melton Mowbray LE13 1AE.
Both meetings are open to everyone irrespective of where you live.
These meetings are very informal, lots of opportunity to chat to others and to get help and support, perhaps make new friends all over a cup of coffee or tea.
Listen to interesting speakers, go on trips as a group, visit places of interest or other events.
If you would like more information on these meetings, or need to get directions or would like a lift then call one of the contacts listed in this leaflet.