Cancer group offers support for young adults in Chichester

Adrian Warnes and Judi Bond outside Cancerwise
Adrian Warnes and Judi Bond outside Cancerwise

A SUPPORT group in Chichester is drawing people from all over the area whose lives have been changed dramatically by a cancer diagnosis.

Cancerwise, in Tavern House, Basin Road, started the group on the third Friday of the month for younger adults aged between 21 and 50 who were affected.

“It’s a real help,” said Adrian Warnes, 51, of Linden Road, Bognor Regis, who was first diagnosed in 2002 with a brain tumour.

This was removed and life continued until a trip to the opticians led to the discovery of a further tumour in 2011.

“I had more or less forgotten about it when I went along for an eye test,” he said.

He was living in London at the time, but then moved to Bognor.

Previously, he was a truck driver, but now volunteers at the Laburnum Centre in Bognor, helping to fix computers, which he described as the ‘anchor’ of his week.

He praised Cancerwise for all the help and support it gave him.

“We started this young adult group to basically get younger people in. It’s been going very well,” he said.

Helen Fowler, the manager of the Macmillan Information and Support Service at the Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said there were many people who would not know the group existed and could help them.

Judi Bond also attends the group, all the way from Littlehampton.

Early in 2011 she was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma.

“It’s a fantastic place, I would be absolutely lost without it,” she said.

She described the group as being ‘for everyone’, not just for cancer sufferers, but for family and carers as well.

The group discusses anything and everything in a friendly atmosphere and meets between 10.30am-12.30pm.