Cancer charity celebrates first year in Fraserburgh

CLAN holds a birthday tea.
CLAN holds a birthday tea.

A leading North-east cancer support charity has celebrated its first anniversary of providing services in Fraserburgh.

CLAN Cancer Support thanked its staff and volunteers for their hard work over the last year with a special morning tea in Fraserburgh recently.

Since CLAN opened its drop-in facility in the Broch last year, the charity has seen a high uptake of the free services it provides to anyone affected by cancer.

Over the last year, the facility has seen a total of 187 client appointments for a range of different therapies including reflexology, reiki, massage, aqua detox as well as one-to-one counselling.

The service is open every Monday from 10am to 4pm.

The Fraserburgh centre has also received 257 contacts for people looking for drop-in, telephone or email support and information.

Its children and family service team also now provides services within the area and a monthly coffee morning has also been established.

Ruth Brown, area services co-ordinator for CLAN, said: “The establishment of a presence within Fraserburgh a year ago very much marked the expansion of CLAN’s free support services in north Aberdeenshire. The charity had a goal of making it easier for people in the area to access its services locally and the base within the town has helped meet this throughout the last year.

“What started as a hub to provide information and a listening ear for those affected by cancer has developed considerable throughout the last 12 months, with hundreds of local people coming through the doors to see how CLAN and its range of complementary therapies and counselling services could benefit them.”

The charity has also paid tribute to the local people who have helped fund-raise and volunteer in the area throughout the last year.

Ruth added: “The support we’ve had from the people of Fraserburgh and the surrounding area, both in terms of volunteering and fund-raising, has been phenomenal and this essential help has very much played a key role in helping establish the charity within the area.

“We’ve also seen a high level of support from local individuals and companies which is fantastic and I’d encourage anyone thinking of helping CLAN, whether it be fundraising, supporting one of our many events or even volunteering, to come forward and find out more.”

CLAN Cancer Support is an independent charity. For more information visit www.clanhouse.org or contact CLAN’s area service coordinator in Fraserburgh on 07720 737500.