Sligo Cancer Support Centre was founded in 1996. This centre is a place of peace and hope where people living with cancer and their families can access counselling, holistic therapies and healing workshops in a caring and tranquil environment; a place where you will find the support for your journey to recovery.
Several months ago, I popped in to see what this centre had to offer. It is a warm, inviting hub and I was greeted by Stephanie Scanlon who told me all I needed to know: ‘Sligo Cancer Support Centre is a non-profit organisation offering free counselling services and complimentary therapies to those who have been through cancer and also to their families.’
In the past, they have struggled with good fundraising ideas and raising awareness about their centre. They receive some funding from the Irish Cancer Society but nothing near what’s needed on an annual basis. Stephanie is an invaluable asset to the centre. Since she has started working there, she has run the Flora Mini Marathon, held cake sales and organised two successful fashion shows with a difference in the Clarion hotel.
Last Friday I attended the annual show. It really was a fashion show with a difference! Modelling were both men and women who have been through cancer. According to Stephanie: ‘They give hope to those recently diagnosed. It gives them a sense of hope and shows them that there is in fact a life after cancer.’
Sligo Cancer Support Centre needs and appreciates your help: ‘I have really been trying my best to get Facebook and the website more appealing to all ages, and just generally word of mouth about the place. People dont realise that there is help. You wouldn’t believe the transformation in people after just a few visits.’
Pop in to 44 Wine Street, Sligo to see for yourself. Don’t let fear keep you on the other side of the door. A big welcome awaits.
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