Cancer support groups offered help to stay connected during COVID-19

Date: 15 April 2020

Sara Williamson, founder and Chair of the Mid Yorkshire Breast Cancer Support Group

Cancer support groups in Yorkshire are being offered help to stay connected while social distancing measures are in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yorkshire Cancer Research is helping people get online and offering free conference call facilities to those wishing to communicate remotely with friends and family. 

Cancer patients at high risk of complications from COVID-19 are being advised to stay at home for 12 weeks, and many will have very little face-to-face contact during this time.

Sara Williamson, founder and Chair of the Mid Yorkshire Breast Cancer Support Group, said: “The teleconferencing facility provided by Yorkshire Cancer Research is an absolute godsend. Staying connected is vital to reducing anxiety and loneliness. It’s essential when we can’t see or touch each other. Patients can share their fears and create a tool kit of support measures to assist each other. Many of us have said it keeps us sane.”

Dr Kathryn Scott, Chief Executive at the charity, said: “This is an incredibly difficult time for people affected by cancer. Support groups provide a safe place for people to share their experiences and learn from others. They can be a lifeline for many. We hope this support will help lessen the impact of the pandemic.”  

Those interested in the service should contact Andy Wilson, Engagement Manager, by emailing


Contact: Nikki Brady, PR Manager, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email:

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  • Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity. 
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