A NEW support group is turning cancer patients’ fingers green as they start a series of workshops offering support through gardening.

The workshops, the first in a line of Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘Meetup’ programme gave patients living with cancer and their families a chance to meet other people whilst enjoying a simple activity that will also help with their emotional health and wellbeing.

The ‘meetups’ are a new initiative that are being developed with Macmillan, local health services and local people affected by cancer to create more opportunities that are accessible to more people especially families, men and people of a working age as these groups of people are less likely to access support.

A special guest at the first meeting was local star Linda Nolan. The world famous entertainer, came to see what the group was all about to meet those involved.

Gemma Duxbury is a member of the patient and family engagement group that planned this meet-up. She said: “Macmillan meet ups are a fantastic opportunity not just for you as a patient, but for your family.

“I think that sometimes the families find it harder than the patient during treatment, so to be able to do things together, in a friendly environment where other people are in the same boat is just brilliant.

“It offers support to everyone and everyone understands what you as a family are going through together. It also helps my young children get a better understanding of what we are all going through and to meet people and friends in a relaxing environment.”

The groups will meet monthly with each workshop looking at different garden related activities from planting seeds through to harvest with making Christmas decoration for the tree and lessons about bird feeders thrown in too.