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Flames of hope at support group

A new group set up by and supporting survivors of breast cancer has found an unusual home for their meetings and a name to match. The Pink Flames meet twice a month at the Wesham Fire Station for a mix of chat, advice and refreshments with guest speakers and an emphasis on enjoying some good company.

Organiser Cheryl O'Sullivan explains how the group came about, "Breast cancer and its side effects kidnapped me over the last 3 years and I needed help and encouragement to get me through. I found this in a support group but had to travel out of the area. I wanted to give something back to help support ladies recovering from breastcancer locally and we approached Wesham Fire station. They promote community awareness and they were very happy to provide a room to help and support ladies in our community. Pink Flames seemed such an appropriate name for the group."

Wesham Station Crew Manager, Fraser Smith added, "As we are a retained station and the firefighters live or work locally we will always try to actively engage with the community and support them where possible. The station hopefully provides the group with an unusual meeting place that adds a touch of interest to the ladies and we are glad they have embraced this with the name Pink Flames! We are always recruiting it’s important we keep the stations profile up and would encourage anybody over 18 to come down and talk to us about joining the crew."

The Pink Flames have also been supported by the Lancashire Wellbeing Service who work across the County to help residents deal with issues affecting their quality of life. The service is funded by the County Council and encourages people to make positive changes to deal with aspects of their life causing them to feel anxious, stressed, isolated or simply overwhelmed.

Pam Whitaker of the service said, "We support a wide cross-section of people who come to us for any number of reasons including their health, finance, mobility, sense of isolation and when I was introduced to Cheryl I wanted to help her launch and promote this wonderful idea. I approached Fraser at Wesham Station and here we are. The Lancashire Wellbeing Service helps many community groups like the Pink Flames and working closely with the public health sector we're looking to help as many people as possible make a real difference to their lives."

Meetings are the first and third Thursday of the month at the Wesham Fire Station, there's free car-parking and new members are welcome to attend. For further details about the Pink Flames group search for their page on Facebook or telephone Cheryl on 07500 334092.

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