Keith Cancer Link
Keith Cancer Link was founded in 1983 as a support Group for people with all types of cancer, cancer related illnesses, families and carers.
A need was identified at the time for a support network for people enduring a “cancer journey”, as very little, or no support was available and families struggled to come to terms with their grief and loss.
After a consultation meeting with Medical, Social Work, Community Staff and Clergy it was agreed that a Support group “might”, be a good idea. When the Support Group meeting was intimated in the press people attended from all areas of Banffshire.
After successfully functioning for a year, Keith Cancer Link “The Group”, was officially named, a Constitution was prepared and a charitable status registered.
The Aims & Objectives of the Group
Are to provide the people of Keith and District who are affected by cancer; cancer related illness with as much support and assistance and information as possible. It is a Voluntary Organisation, membership is free and informal and every one is made to feel welcome at meetings, a buddying system is in place, a telephone list allows members to be available for support at all times. The hand of friendship is there and Meetings allow members the opportunity to talk with people who share a common bond. It can help tremendously to be with people who truly understand what one is experiencing and can empathise with situations.
Meetings take various forms dictated by the 40 members and refreshments are provided by a local business on a regular basis
The geographic area is such that transport can be an endurance for cancer patients, trains, buses to Hospitals / Clinics, etc. can add anxiety, pain and stress. The mechanism in place is a door to door taxi service, A little comfort, support, assisting with the healing process which is vital to recovery also quality time with their loved ones who can accompany them on the journey.