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Southport Macmillan Centre invites people to their next health and wellbeing event and to join them for parkrun

Southport Macmillan Centre is inviting those affected by cancer to its next Health and Wellbeing event and are encouraging people to join in on the monthly 5k parkrun with the team.

Carol, Justine and Julia at a Southport Macmillan Centre Parkrun
Carol, Justine and Julia at a Southport Macmillan Centre Parkrun

Health and Wellbeing event

The Centre is holding its next free Health and Wellbeing event at Southport College from from 2pm to 4pm on Thursday 13th April . The event will be a great opportunity to speak to local organisations, support groups, health professionals and centre staff.

Dr Graeme Allan, Macmillan GP and primary care cancer lead for NHS Cheshire and Merseyside in Sefton, said: “This regular event is a great opportunity for people to meet others who have had similar experiences – it is always good to share.

“Everyone is welcome to come along and talk to a friendly face and to see what kind of support is out there. Come along, have a chat and be entertained by the amazing Macmillan singers – all in one place!”

To book a place at the Health and Wellbeing event in April, call 01704 533024.

Lace up those trainers

Keeping active has many benefits including helping people cope with cancer treatment and reduce the risk of it returning.

The Macmillan team is inviting people to join them on the last Saturday of every month at Hesketh Park for the 5k Your Way parkrun. It’s a community initiative and not just for runners. Participants are encouraged to walk, jog, run, cheer, or volunteer and attendees can go at their own pace.

They meet at 8.50am by Hesketh Park’s children’s playground). The event is really well organised with marshals lining the route and walk leaders taking part so you’re never on your own. There are 3 different laps making up the 5K and you do whatever you can……it’s the taking part that matters!

Attendees need to register at www.parkrun.org.uk.

Get moving with a supportive group

Dr Octavia Stevens, Southport and Formby Primary Care Network cancer lead and GP at Ainsdale Village Surgery, said: “5k Your Way! is a great way to get moving with a supportive group at your own pace, we had our first run on 28 February and it was great to run together. If you do come along do feel free to meet the team for a tea or coffee in the Hesketh Park café after.

“Exercise has huge benefits and can help reduce cancer related fatigue, improve fitness and psychological wellbeing and is social and fun!”

You can find out more about Southport Macmillan Centre events supporting those affected by cancer, here.