UCF’s special walk for cancer patients

The Ulster Cancer Foundation (UCF) is holding a walk for cancer patients on Saturday, March 17 at the Loughshore, Jordanstown.

The UCF walking service, which is free of charge, is open to cancer patients and the walks have been chosen as suitable for people who are currently undergoing treatment.

Liz Atkinson, Head of Care Services, UCF, said: “Research from Denmark shows that cancer patients who engage in moderate exercise while under-going treatment suffer less from the debilitating effects of fatigue. Fatigue is one of the most commonly reported symptoms affecting cancer patients and has the greatest impact on quality of life.

“Our walking groups follow a slow and progressive walking programme that allows the body to gradually rebuild its normal levels of fitness. Having the opportunity to meet other people in a similar situation and getting the chance to exercise outdoors brings additional emotional and health benefits. By developing this new service we want to offer a convenient and enjoyable way of accessing both.”

If you are currently undergoing treatment for cancer and would like to join a UCF walking group, or if you would like to volunteer as a leader, then do contact Morag Chambers at UCF, Tel: 028 9066 3281, or email: moragchambers@ulstercancer.org