Cancer support bus returns to Rhondda Cynon Taf after reaching over 2,500 people in April

Macmillan Cancer Support’s Welsh information and support bus, Bronwen, will be returning to Rhondda Cynon Taf after providing information to over 2,500 people when she visited the area in April this year. 

Bronwen bus will be parked up in locations in Aberdare, Pontypridd and Tonypandy between Thursday 30 August and Saturday 1 September.

The bus was launched in 2017 and comes with her friendly team of Macmillan information and support specialists, a team of frontline health and social care professionals with years of experience in caring and supporting people living with cancer.

Bronwen hosts 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 nearby or simply passing by who have questions about cancer to come and say hello. 

On Thursday 30 August, Bronwen bus will be parked up outside the library on the High Street in Aberdare between 9am and 4pm.

The next day, Friday 31 August, visitors can drop into the bus on Mill Street in Pontypridd between 9am and 4pm.

On the last day, Saturday 1 September, the bus and her team will be available outside Asda superstore on Colliers Way in Tonypandy, from 9am to 4pm.

Moray Hayman, Bronwen Team Lead Cancer Information and Support Specialist says: “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.”

Richard Pugh, Head of Services for Macmillan in Wales, said: “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 tohttp://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, 9am to 8pm). 

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

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