Getting Support Online: Meet the Phoenix Group

on Friday, 16 September 2016. Posted in Blog Tags Andrea Partridge, CancerCare, cancersupport, fundraising, northlancashire, online support, Phoenix, Sarah Drake, southlakeland, supportgroups

Earlier this year, CancerCare set up our first ever online ‘Phoenix Cancer Group.’ In this blog, we chat to Andrea Partridge our Volunteer & Engagement Officer, about the ongoing success of the group as well as hearing from some of our members on how it provides a vital lifeline.

andrea handbag2“When I had breast cancer a few years ago I felt I was really missing out because I was unable to attend a support group because, as a working mum I couldn’t get to the centre during the day. And when you’re having your treatment you’re often too poorly to go out.”

- Andrea

"Being a member of an online group means that you can just dip in and out of it whenever you want. The group allows members to be there for each other, to give information and have conversations with others going through a similar experience. Whether you post lots of messages, take part in discussions or just observe, you have total control over your involvement. The group is there for everyone - men, women, patients, carers and loved ones - whoever needs support. We’ve got over 70 members at the moment, and rising!"


As well as online chats, the members also meet up regularly for walks, meals out and help to organise fundraising eventsincluding a recent Bag Swap event which raised nearly £2,000  for CancerCare. The group are also organising a glamourous Charity Ball event for early next year.

Sarah with ladies on walk

Founding members Andrea and Sarah Drake also deliver local talks and presentations to promote the group and CancerCare's services.  Here they are at a recent event  after meeting ladies from the Bare's Womens Institute.

Sarah and Andrea at talk

sarahI also asked some of the members to tell me what they think is the best thing about being part of the group and what difference it has made to them:

Maggie Birch

Joanne Spencer

Lynda Young

Tracy J

If you would like to join the group search on Facebook for ‘Andrea Partridge’ or ‘Sarah Drake.'  Alternatively, call Andrea at CancerCare on 01524 381820 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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