Recovering cancer patients and their carers are being
invited to join a 'walk and talk' group in Peterlee.
Elizabeth Cook, Health Improvement Practitioner, Macmillan
Cancer Information and Support Service, County Durham and
Darlington NHS Foundation Trust said: "The walk and talk support
group is for people recovering from cancer and their carers. A
gentle walk could reduce cancer related fatigue and stress/anxiety
as well as improving low moods. We would like to encourage clients
to join the group for support and gentle exercise.
"The walks are led by staff and volunteers from the cancer
information team who have all participated in walk leader training.
We have set up the group based on research findings that being
active with other people can really make a difference during
"The Walk Talk group we have established enables our
client participants to do this. We have planned our walks using the
centre here in Peterlee as the starting point. Before going out on
walks with the others we ask everyone to check with their GP
whether they are fit / well enough to get involved, and ask that
they complete a health check form prior to the walk.
Since its launch in April a small group of people have
enjoyed these short walks and benefited from the support they
received from staff, volunteers and other group members.
The Walk and Talk Group leaves The Cancer Information
Centre 20 Upper Chare, Castledene Shopping Centre, Peterlee on the
last Thursday of every month at 2pm.
To find out more about the walks and book a place, please
contact Elizabeth Cook, Health Improvement Practitioner on 0800
7834056 from Monday to Friday between 9am - 5pm
published 16th August 2012
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