A CHARITY has launched a community group to support those with cancer during the coronavirus epidemic.

Wessex Cancer Trust, a charity which has support centres in Chandler’s Ford, Hythe, Isle of Wight and Bournemouth, is working hard to introduce new services so they can continue to be there for as many people who need support as they can.

Due to people with cancer having a higher risk of infection if affected by the virus, the service has made a Facebook group and provided practical advice to help those who have to self-isolate.

It also aims to provide a safe online discussion space for anyone who has been impacted by a cancer diagnosis and is seeking support and advice.

It will be introducing online, telephone and outreach support to their clients with cancer.

Cait Allen, Wessex Cancer Trust’s CEO said: “If you have cancer you might be worried about how coronavirus affects you. The most important thing is to follow the advice of your healthcare team.

“Because people with cancer may be at a higher risk of infection, we’re going to be constantly reviewing and evolving our services to protect the people who rely on us for support, whilst still being there for them as much as we can.

“It’s understandable that people with cancer may be feeling particularly anxious at this time and we’re going to be introducing a number of new measures in the coming days and weeks to ensure as many people as possible continue to get help.”

To join, visit www.facebook.com/groups/wctsupport/ or visit www.wessexcancer.org.uk/Listing/Category/remote-support.