Doncaster cancer survivor launches buddy scheme

Breast cancer survivor Alison Henshaw, who has set up the Doncaster Bussy Scheme

Breast cancer survivor Alison Henshaw, who has set up the Doncaster Bussy Scheme

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A cancer survivor has launched a scheme to support other Doncaster people fighting the disease after being helped through her own cancer battle by her mum.

Alison Henshaw, 47, has set up the ‘Doncaster Buddy Scheme’, which will provide people affected by all types of cancer with one-on-one support from a cancer survivor who has been through a similar experience.

It will help people like Alison’s dad, Gordon, 78, who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and is undergoing hormone treatment.

Alison, a council worker, of Intake, said: “I was lucky, as my mum had breast cancer so knew exactly what I was going through, it was so good to be able to talk to someone who had some idea of how I was feeling.”

It is hoped buddies will be able to answer questions cancer patients wouldn’t necessarily ask their oncologist, such as about hair loss and the emotional effects of treatment.

The scheme will first be piloted with council employees and in Mexborough before being rolled out to the public. To volunteer, contact Alison on 735788 or Alison.Henshaw@doncaster.gov.uk.