Adapting services online

Adapting services online

Weston Park Cancer Charity praised for adapting its services online


The region’s leading cancer charity, Weston Park Cancer Charity has been praised for adapting its services so that it can continue to support people affected by cancer with their mental health during the coronavirus crisis.


Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of people affected by cancer have been self-isolating at home as they are considered vulnerable and therefore required to shield for months at a time.


“Understandably it’s a very challenging time for people affected by cancer and we’re experiencing a high volume of calls from people who are very anxious due to the current coronavirus pandemic” comments Fran Ball (RN) senior support nurse at Weston Park Cancer Charity.


Fran continues; “Coronavirus makes cancer even tougher but we’re here to help anyone living with cancer with practical help, healthcare advice and emotional support. One way we’ve been able to do this is by offering online mindfulness sessions via Zoom.”


Delivered over the phone, on a 1:1 or group basis, Weston Park Cancer Charity can guide you through some mindfulness and relaxation techniques to help anyone who is affected by cancer and is feeling stressed or anxious.


One client comments; “Just to say ‘thank you’ for your support over the past five sessions. I’ve been surprised by how well it works using Zoom! I’ve really valued the sessions- both as a space to receive guided mindfulness and also a regular space to catch up on how I’m feeling and how my treatment is going.


“I have always looked forward to the sessions and felt more relaxed afterwards and overall, I feel in a much better place now than when I did the first session.”


Weston Park Cancer Charity’s helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm and is providing a ‘real life difference’ through:

  • Vital emotional support, including one-to-one mindfulness support, psychological therapy and bereavement support
  • Regular phone support to people who are self-isolating for a prolonged period through the We Care social group
  • Access to healthcare professionals for anyone who is directly affected by cancer
  • Appointments with Welfare Benefits Advisors for those with financial worries


In addition, the charity is also offering hardship grants of up to £300 for those identified as most in need, as well as practical support including grocery shopping and picking up essential supplies.


Specialist practitioner Fran Ball explains what mindfulness is and how it can benefit people affected by cancer, and gives a short mindfulness taster session to try it out >


To find out more, just call us on 0114 553 3330,

Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm