Cancer support centre for city

CANCER support services in Kilkenny have received a major boost with news that a new drop-in centre is to open shortly in the city. The new premises on Walkin Street will offer services for those affected by the disease, working in tandem with the Irish Cancer Society.

CANCER support services in Kilkenny have received a major boost with news that a new drop-in centre is to open shortly in the city. The new premises on Walkin Street will offer services for those affected by the disease, working in tandem with the Irish Cancer Society.

A local voluntary group including Cllr Martin Brett, Denise O’Connell, Liz Ruth and Regina O’Leary have reacted to the disclosure that Kilkenny was one of only seven counties in the country which still had not got such a centre. “We saw there was need for services like counselling, massage, reflexology and a drop-in centre where those affected by the disease could if they wanted, come in for a chat or try one of the treatments,” Cllr Brett said. He noted that 200 people a year in Kilkenny are diagnosed with the disease and that a complementary service to back up the medical professionals was needed.

“There will be a holistic approach to try and address the fear, loneliness that goes with having cancer,” Cllr Brett said.

A concert will be held in the Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny on November 11 in aid of the new centre. The celebrated quartet Myalla will perform following their appearance at the Wexford Opera Festival.