Acorn Cancer Support Group marks 20th anniversary

Gordon Dyer, from the Acorn Cancer Support Group, receives from Capt Andrew Sargeant and Sgt Kenneth

Gordon Dyer, from the Acorn Cancer Support Group, receives from Capt Andrew Sargeant and Sgt Kenneth Drummond - Credit: Archant

A support group for people with cancer and their carers has marked its 20th anniversary.

Colin Hyams, vice-chairman of the Acorn Cancer Support Group, with Judy York, co-founder and truste

Colin Hyams, vice-chairman of the Acorn Cancer Support Group, with Judy York, co-founder and trusteee - Credit: Archant

And the Acorn Cancer Support Group, which covers the St Ives, Huntingdon and Ramsey areas, received cheques totalling £1,500 during the celebrations at the Dolphin Hotel in St Ives.

Colin Hyams, vice-chairman, said: “It was amazing, it was really amazing.”

Mr Hyams, who became involved with the group when his late wife Ann was diagnosed with cancer, said: “People don’t know where to go or who to talk to when they or a loved one are diagnosed.

“When my late wife was diagnosed she was told about Acorn by Macmillan and I have been involved ever since.”


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Mr Hyams, who has since remarried, said carers often remained supporting the group after they had lost a loved one because it helped them feel they were not alone.

The anniversary was marked with a reception at the hotel during which a cheque for £500 was presented by personnel from RAF Wyton and a further £1,000 from helpers at a coffee session at the Corn Exchange in St Ives.

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