Set up a Support Group

Pancreatic Cancer Support Groups

We are aware that there are very few pancreatic cancer support groups nationally. Aiding our supporters to set up local support groups is a very new initiative for Pancreatic Cancer UK and although we do not run groups ourselves we can provide a helping hand to get your started.

Support Groups:

There are many advantages of having a pancreatic cancer support group which include an exchange of information about personal experiences, mutual empathy and understanding, encouragement, support and a sense of belonging.

In addition to these factors a group approach to local lobbying and fundraising can often be more influential and persuasive than a lone voice.

Support groups have been shown to improve adjustment, mood and quality of life for people affected by cancer.

Support groups are fundamentally about human warmth, friendship and companionship with people who have had or are having the same experience as one another.

We are aware of several active groups - for more information, please see below.

If you would like to set up a group in your area please email or fill out this form, and we'll be in touch shortly.

Active Groups

West Mids Support Group

Members of the Midlands Support Group


Bristol and South West, Chester and North Wales and East Yorkshire:
Groups are under development and seeking members. For more information contact Debbie Wells on

Pancreas and Liver Meeting 2 Support U- East Lancashire Liver and Pancreas Support Group, Accrington Fire Station, Hyndburn Road, Church, Accrington, BB5 4EQ. Meets monthly on set dates 2-4pm (please ring for more information: 07516 181542)

PanPals Dorset: 
Provides Information and Support to local people. For information visit their website or call Lynda Pain - 07796 534 455 or Audrey Saunders - 07909 146216.

S.L.O.P.(Stomach, Liver, Oesophageal and Pancreatic) Cancer Support Group, Lancaster: 
Meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at 2pm. For more information visit their website. Please visit their website: or phone 07926047519 for more information.

Wessex Pancreas & Bile Duct Cancer Support Network Group:
Meetings are held in the Macmillan centre at Southampton General Hospital B level. Contact Joanne Dowle Pancreatic CNS 02380794374 or 02380777222 bleep 1432 to find out more.

The Bereaved Partners Support Group (BPSG):
A support group for people who lose their loved ones to cancer, and is the first group of its kind. The aim of the group is to create a regular space for people to share stories and experiences with others who have experienced a similar kind of loss - a place for them to informally share and network. The group meets in London.

PanPals Sussex:
A new support group in Worthing supported by Pancreatic Cancer UK and St Barnabas House hospice. PanPals Sussex offers a warm welcome to families, patients and carers to come together monthly and have a chat over a cup of tea in a relaxed and informal setting.

The next meeting will be Monday 18th August, 12 - at St Barnabas House, Titnore Lane, Worthing, West Sussex, BN12 6NZ. If you're interested in coming along, please contact Lead Supporter Helen Scott on 07437428099 or Ruth Keeble (Outpatients Lead) on 01903706357, or email

Bristol friends & fundraisers: for everyone with a pancreatic cancer connection living in the Bristol Area. This is currently mainly a virtual support group - find their page on Facebook.

PanPals Yorkshire: 
An informal group for anyone affected by pancreatic cancer. The group is currently being run by Karen, Noreen, Carmel and John and meetings are planned to be held quarterly. The invitation is extended to your family and carers. Please do contact if you are interesting in attending.

Leicester Support Group:
An informal group for anyone affected by pancreatic cancer in the Leicester area. Please contact Sophie Noble for more details -

London Support Group:
An informal group for anyone affected by pancreatic cancer in London and surrounding area. The group generally meets on The Southbank every 6 to 8 weeks. Please contact Debbie Wells in the first instance for more information. 

West Midlands Support Group:
An informal group for anyone affected by pancreatic cancer in the West Midlands area. Please contact Margaret Datson for more information:


Coming later in 2014

Groups in South  Wales and  Scotland. Check this site for more details or contact Debbie Wells, Involvement Manager on 07557 404782 /