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Free cancer information and support is coming to Rhondda Cynon Taf

Macmillan Cancer Support’s brand-new bilingual Welsh information and support bus, Bronwen, will be in locations in Rhondda Cynon Taf next week. 

Bronwen comes with her friendly team of Macmillan information and support specialists, a new team of frontline health and social care professionals with years of experience in caring and supporting people living with cancer.

As November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Mouth Cancer Awareness Month and Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, the team will also be able to answer any questions specifically relating to these cancers.

Scott Powell, the team’s welfare and benefits advice specialist, will also be available across the week to chat through any financial concerns.

The new bus hosts two electronic information screens, a private room for sensitive conversations and two iPads to enable people to find the information they need on the spot.

Macmillan would like to encourage anyone living in these areas or simply passing by who have questions about cancer to come and say hello. 

On Wednesday 29 November the bus will be parked up in Library Square on the High Street in Aberdare from 10 am to 4 pm.

The next day, Thursday 30 November, visitors can drop in to see the team at Henry Street car park in Mountain Ash between 9 am and 3 pm. 

To finish the week, the bus will be available on Mill Street in Pontypridd from 10 am to 4 pm on Friday 1 December.

Moray Hayman, Bronwen Team Lead Cancer Information and Support Specialist say: “We encourage anyone who has been affected by cancer to come and see us, whether they’re living with cancer, have been recently diagnosed, caring for someone with cancer or worried about a loved one. 

“As well as answering questions on the day, we can signpost to other cancer services in the area and provide information on a range of issues, including financial advice and wellbeing.

“Even if you don’t have a specific question to ask, our friendly team are always available for a chat.”

Susan Morris, Head of Services for Macmillan in Wales, said: “More than 8,300 people in Rhondda Cynon Taf are living with and beyond cancer.

“At Macmillan, we know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything and we’re here to support you.

“Our mobile information team travel around Wales and the rest of the UK visiting local communities, providing cancer information and advice on the ground.

The new Welsh vehicle is smaller and lighter, and will help the team to access places Macmillan has previously not been able to get to, reaching, even more, people affected by cancer in the process.”

For further information about Macmillan’s mobile information service, and planned visits, go to http://www.macmillan.org.uk/mobileinfo

If you are unable to visit the unit but have questions about cancer, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 8 pm). 

You can find out about Macmillan services near you at http://www.macmillan.org.uk/in-your-area/choose-location.html