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Birthday celebration for walking group

Third birthday celebration for Walk and Talk group

A popular patient walking group for people affected by cancer, ‘Walk and Talk’, celebrated its third birthday last week with a stroll and tea party in Riversley Park café.

Patients with cancer or recovering from their illness join specialist nurses to share their progress, experiences or to just talk in a relaxed setting with others.

The group meets just outside the Nuneaton and Bedworth Museum every week between 1.30pm and 2.30pm come rain or shine.

It is led by Macmillan Oncology Breast Clinical Nurse Specialist, Alison Syborn, who was honoured recently with the George Eliot Hospital Stuart Annan award at the 2018 Team Eliot staff award ceremony in July.

She said: “It was exciting to celebrate the third birthday of Walk and Talk and it was wonderful to see so many of the group attend our celebratory stroll.

“It is fantastic to see the walks put a smile on the faces of patients who are either going through treatment or recovering.

“I’ve been told that members can see a real difference in people’s outlooks because the other members really understand what they have been through. Another member told me that joining the group earlier this year was the best thing they ever did because they are all on the same journey.

“Group members come along when they can and many friendships have been made as a result of the walks.”

These walks, which were originally set up for patients with breast cancer in 2015, are open to any patients who have been affected by cancer.

George Eliot Hospital wants to encourage everyone who has experienced cancer to come along, as they often make patients feel more confident and better supported. Friends and family are also very welcome to join the group.

Exercise and keeping fit can have a positive effect on the health and wellbeing of everyone, and this is a great opportunity to stay active during the week, whilst meeting new people. 

If you would like to know more about the walks contact Alison on 0787 659 0687 or just come along.

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