16/12/2011

Cancer 'Angels' Win Stormont Recognition

Cancer charities play a vital role in raising awareness and supporting affected patients, the NI Health Minister Edwin Poots has said.

The Minister was speaking as he visited the Angels of Hope ovarian cancer charity drop-in centre in Belfast, yesterday.

The charity aims to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and carries out fundraising work to support vital research. The drop-in centre has a homely environment and includes two family rooms where sufferers, survivors and their families can call in and meet with others in a similar situation.

DUP Minister Edwin Poots (pictured) said: "I congratulate Angels of Hope on the commendable work they do to help ovarian cancer patients, and in particular their fundraising efforts, allowing them to provide their services free to patients.

"As Health Minister, I have met with many patients and their families who have been afflicted by cancer and their personal stories are truly inspirational. It is particularly important that the support provided by Angels of Hope is from people who have been through the process themselves," he said.
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Maureen Clarke founded Angels of Hope in May 2003. A registered charity, its aim is to raise awareness and improve knowledge amongst the general and medical population and to fund vital research as well as link sufferers, survivors and families.

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Meanwhile, a fuel allowance initiative, announced by the Office of the First and deputy First Minister last week, is set to provide a one-off £100 payment to people receiving cancer treatment, to mitigate against the impact of the harsh economic climate.

Welcoming that announcement, Edwin Poots said: "This payment will help those who have received cancer treatment, including surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy or palliative care, in the last six months or if a decision to provide this kind of treatment for cancer is made during the qualifying week, which is from 12-18 December 2011. It is expected that at least 4,200 patients will benefit from this funding.

"The financial burden, along with the physical effects of cancer and cancer treatments means that this payment will go some way to ensuring cancer sufferers are more comfortable in their own homes."

(BMcC)

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