A wonderful project that takes place at beautiful Marks Hall, Coggeshall, on Tuesdays.
Joanne Hammond invites anyone affected by cancer (in remission or active) to join her as part of the LACE group for a 'walk and talk' on Tuesday's. Members of LACE receive free admission for the event.
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Ending Life's Taboo wishes to support the offer of level three counselling for people aged 18 to 40 years who are inpatients within East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust.
There is currently no such counselling service available to support this group of people with adjusting to their diagnosis, prognosis and the impact of this on their loved ones.
The charity (status pending) founder, Tracy Davies witnessed the impact of the lack of counselling support for her son Ross when he was an inpatient diagnosed with late stage malignant melanoma.
Tracy has fundraised tirelessly so that others may not face the same lack of professional support at the end of their lives.
Young people in this situation particularly need access to timely counselling. The devastating blow of early onset life limiting disease can cause profound distress to the young person and their family.
This counselling service would fill an important gap in local service provision.
Dr Karen Chumbley MBBS FRCGP MSc
North East Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance Lead for End of Life Care
St Helena Hospice
Ending Life's Taboo will play a vital part in support of families affected by disease and ultimately, facing how to deal with decisions at the end of life. A truly worthwhile cause and one that we are happy to support and signpost families to.
Founder of Melanoma UK
Working with patients with a life limiting diagnosis has been one of the biggest professional challenges of my career. The sense of hopelessness can be engulfing at times.
People often ask me, how do I do this job?
My answer is always the same: it is a privilege to offer support to people at the most important and critical time in their lives.
There is no question; you have to get it right the first time. Tapping on resilience can be draining and even in the most hopeless situations you need to motivate your clients to hope for the best whilst preparing for the worst.
When Tracy mentioned her charity, I instantly knew what an amazing difference this service would make. In my experience working as a consultant Clinical Psychologist in cancer and palliative care, I have experienced several times how often young peoples’ emotional needs are overlooked in favour of a more medically based approach. It is hard to come to terms with the loss or potential loss of a young life, which often means that young people receive active medical treatment until the end rather than having their emotional needs met.
I strongly believe that a charity which bases its foundation on addressing the fear and anxieties associated to a life limiting condition by creating a safe therapeutic space in a clinically led environment, would promote a better holistic care.
Dr Daria Bonanno, Consultant Clinical Psychologist