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Mayor thanks White House Volunteers

Dec 22 2015

Civic dignitaries called into Cancer Support at The White House in Ednam Road where they met members and trustees at the organisation's annual get together to say thank you to the dozens of volunteers who have support them throughout the year.

Manager Caroline Webb, said: “We were delighted that the Mayor and Mayoress were able to join us at the event to meet staff and volunteers and learn about the wide-reaching work we do at White House Cancer Support.”

She added: “We also want to extend our thanks to all the Social Care students from Dudley College who not only organised the raffle, but donated all the prizes, too. Their involvement is much valued by us all.”

The White House is a drop-in centre for people affected by cancer and is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm, offering group activities, including art and crafts, exercise and relaxation, plus complementary therapies such as Reiki, Indian head massage, aromatherapy and reflexology, alongside regular weekly support sessions, many with specialist nurses, for specific cancers.

Caroline said: Our services extend across the Black Country and beyond and have grown considerably since the initial group was founded in 1984. “We offer a wide range of activities at Ednam Road, as well as providing off-site therapies and out-of-hours counselling, and in the past 31 years we have seen many changes, but have always been very much part of the community and have seen thousands of people through our various clinics and centres.”

The charity provides practical help, emotional support and information to patients, their families, friends and carers. Staff members are boosted by a team of volunteers, some of whom have personal experience of cancer, who provide a wide range of services from transport to counselling.