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CLAN Cancer Support is on the look-out for volunteers to make a lasting difference to the lives of individuals.

The charity has launched an appeal to find volunteers to join its service in the Fraserburgh and Peterhead areas, with roles including support, as well as event and fund-raising.

Support volunteers help a wide range of people affected by cancer, including those diagnosed with cancer, carers and family members, and are crucial to CLAN’s service provision across the north-east.

The charity is hosting two volunteer evenings for those interested in finding out more. CLAN Fraserburgh will be open on Monday, March 13 between 4 and 7pm with CLAN Peterhead on Wednesday, March 15 between 4 and 7pm.

Lynda Wilde (70),has volunteered for more than a year and her own experience of cancer, shows the difference support can make.

She said: “Having someone listen to me unconditionally and support me in the way I chose to handle things helped remind me that ‘Lynda’ was still in there.

“I had been an online member of a support group and decided I was ready to get involved face to face, so I put my application into CLAN.”

Volunteers work with CLAN in a variety of ways, from being a friendly face for clients to working alongside them to address support or wellbeing concerns. They also have an important role in helping signpost to other services, as well as assisting at a number of the charity’s fundraising events held in the region.

CLAN aims to roll out support via GP practices during 2017. It has introduced this in Elgin and Aberdeen.

Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the whole of north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. CLAN has presences in Ballater, Banchory, Elgin, Buckie, Inverurie, Fraserburgh, Lossiemouth, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Turriff, Kirkwall and Lerwick.

For information about CLAN Cancer Support, call 01224 647 000 or visit www.clanhouse.org