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Units make life easier for cancer sufferers

The Coffs Harbour Health Campus.
The Coffs Harbour Health Campus. The Coffs Coast Advocate

CANCER knows no boundaries, but Coffs Coast sufferers can now stay closer to home during treatment thanks to newly renovated accommodation provided entirely by volunteers.

Coffs Harbour Regional Cancer Services (CHRCS) provide two units for four cancer patients and their carers at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus - the Lodge and Stramit Cottage - and the newly refurbished units will be officially opened on Saturday.

Spokesperson Barbara Clerke said the low-cost accommodation are funded and maintained by volunteers.

“We are a small group of cancer survivors and carers and we do everything, from cleaning the units to gardening,” Mrs Clerke said.

“One of the objectives of the group was that all money raised stays in the local area.”

As well as the accommodation, CHRCS provides oxygen concentrators for home use, DVD players while people are undergoing chemotherapy.

But the group needs new members to help maintain the service and is welcoming anyone who's interested to come along to the official opening of the units on the weekend.

“We are made up of people who have been affected by cancer in some way, but really anyone with time to do hands-on work is welcome,” Mrs Clerke said.

The opening will be at the Regional Cancer Services Lodge at Coffs Harbour Health Campus at noon on November 15.



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