A hugely popular walking group for people living with cancer is celebrating its seventh birthday this week.
Over the past seven years the ‘Walk and Talk’ group has welcomed hundreds of people who have joined the weekly walks at Riversley Park, Nuneaton every Tuesday.
The sessions provide the opportunity for people living with cancer to share their progress, experiences or to just talk in a relaxed setting with others.
The walk was initially setup by the cancer support team at George Eliot Hospital and are also attended by specialist nurses from the hospital.
Macmillan Breast Care Nurse, Alison Syborn spoke on the group’s success: “The group was setup with the idea to give the chance for people going through similar experiences a chance to support each other along their way.
“Over the past seven years we have seen many strong friendships form showing that nobody is alone on their cancer journey.
“We are sure the group will keep going for many more years and continue to provide an essential and important to many more people living with cancer.
Volunteer lead for Walk and Talk, Mick Gilbert spoke about the impact the group has had over the last seven years: “Being able to get out and speak to people in a relaxed and open way is so important.
“We sometimes see people who are anxious of what may lie ahead, or apprehensive of the future, and after a short time the group helps them face those challenges when they are ready, it has really proven to be a very valuable time.
“It’s not just the walk too, we have a coffee and cake at the end and a WhatsApp group so there is always someone there for people when they need them.
“To be able to mark seven years is very special, especially with the challenges faced in the last couple or years, and we’d like to thank everybody who has kept us going throughout this time.
“It is also important that we pay tribute to the people we have lost along the way too, the group gives us a chance to honour and continue their memories.”
The ‘Walk and Talk’ group meets every Tuesday at 1:30pm outside the Nuneaton Museum coffee shop in Riversley Park. The shop has been integral to the groups support and owner Nick has played a key role in keeping them going over the past five years.
If you are interested in joining or want to find out more, please contact Mick Gilbert by telephone/text on 07584676145 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.