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We are delighted to announce a new grant from the Big Lottery Fund, under its Awards for All England programme, which will allow us to offer face to face support for patients in Leeds and Cambridge in 2016.

The funding of £2,812 will enable us to host the two events early next year, which will be open to anyone personally affected by pancreatic cancer. At our information days, patients and their families and carers have the chance to meet one of our expert Specialist Nurses and ask them any questions they may have about pancreatic cancer, including symptoms, treatment and care. They also have the opportunity to meet others affected by pancreatic cancer.

Alex Ford, Chief Executive at Pancreatic Cancer UK, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to the Big Lottery Fund for this grant. We are really delighted to be able to hold these two events and offer support to people in Leeds and Cambridge face to face.

“These events are vitally important. We know from speaking to people affected by pancreatic cancer every day that all too often, they can feel lost, isolated and unsure of where to turn for support after diagnosis. But they also tell us that having the opportunity to meet one of our Specialist Nurses in person, as well as meet other families affected, can make an enormous difference.

“That is why we are determined to offer face to face support to as many people as possible in their local communities.”

At the information days, there will also be the opportunity to hear more about how to manage dietary symptoms, such as loss of appetite, weight loss, feeling or being sick, bowel problems, tummy pain and in some cases, diabetes.

Patients and carers will also find out more about our national support services at the events, including our Support Line and online discussion forum.

We have already held two successful healthcare professional Study Days in Cambridge and Leeds which have allowed us to build relationships with key healthcare professionals in these areas. We will work with them to host the events as well as jointly promote the days to ensure that as many people affected by pancreatic cancer as possible attend.

The dates for the two information days will be announced in the new year.