Cancer support charity marks its first anniversary in Moray

One of Scotland’s leading cancer support charities has marked the first anniversary of it’s support services base in Moray.

CLAN Cancer Support welcomed clients and members of the public to its base at Elgin High Street on Tuesday – exactly one year after it opened its doors for the first time.

The charity worked with the Elgin and District Cancer Support Group to establish a presence in Elgin so that they could provide local people with a drop-in facility that provided support, information and counselling. The new centre they established also provides a home for monthly support groups and complementary therapies.

The centre was officially opened earlier this year by the Earl of Wessex in his capacity as the Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, who with the Countess of Wessex enjoyed a guided tour of the base after unveiling a plaque.

Clan’s Moray area services co-ordinator, Tracy Sellar, said that she was delighted at how well the first year had gone and offered her thanks to those who had made it all possible.

She said: “The CLAN base in Elgin was established in July last year and over the last 12 months it really has continued to go from strength-to-strength with a number of local people from the area visiting us to find out how CLAN may be able to help them.

“In February we were in the position to extend the opening hours of the centre as a response to demand for our services, while we’ve also introduced our children and family service to the centre on every second Thursday, who can provide help, advice and guidance to families and young people affected by cancer.”

Debbie Thomson, CLAN’s CEO, added: “We were delighted to welcome the Earl and Countess of Wessex to mark the official opening of the centre earlier in May. The visit really was recognition for the hard work of Tracy and the team of local personnel and volunteers who are committed to offering free support services in the heart of Moray.

“It’s been a real year of milestones and I’d like to thank the people of Elgin and the surrounding area for giving CLAN their time, helping raise funds and for attending our events. It’s thanks to them that this year has been such a success and we look forward to growing even further in the months ahead.”

The opening hours of the CLAN premises is now Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 4pm and on Tuesdays from 2pm to 8pm.

A variety of classes, a monthly men’s group and a Thursday fortnightly children and family services presence is also available.

For further information on CLAN in Elgin and how it may be able to help you, please contact the Centre on 01343 544132 or email elgin@clanhouse.org

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