Chance for tumour patients to meet up

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A brain tumour charity which is running a pilot project in Sheffield is hosting an event for patients to meet and make new friends outside a hospital setting.

Brainstrust is hosting the meeting for Sheffield brain tumour patients, carers and supporters at The Showroom cinema, Paternoster Row, in the city centre.

Brainstrust support specialist Pete Burchill, who lives in Hillsborough and whose daughter Sophie has battled a rare and aggressive brain tumour, said: “It should be a really good opportunity for members of the brain tumour community in Sheffield to get together away from the hospital setting.

“Brain tumours are rare and there aren’t many occasions where patients can meet others touched by this devastating disease.

“Brainstrust meet-ups give patients the chance to spend some time with people in the same boat in a relaxed non-clinical setting.”

The charity is running its first regional support service in Sheffield and South Yorkshire.

The city was chosen because the Royal Hallamshire Hospital is one of the best in the United Kingdom for brain tumour treatment, but has the challenge of covering a wide area that stretches as far as Cleethorpes on the Lincolnshire coast.

More than 300 people a year in the Sheffield region alone could be supported by Brainstrust as the number represents those people who will be diagnosed with high- grade tumours in a year.

Brainstrust will host its Sheffield meeting on Tuesday, July 9.

Patients can RSVP to the event by visiting www.meetup.com/brainstrust and following the links.

The evening will include refreshment and fun activities from 5.30pm and is free to attend.