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By Euan Maxwell
Dumfries and West
Birthday celebrations for drop-in centre

A WIGTOWNSHIRE charity has celebrated 25 years since its formation this week.

And since then, Stranraer Cancer Drop-in Centre has helped countless people and families through difficult times.

Volunteers, users, former managers and some familiar faces came together to celebrate the occasion.

Current manager Aileen McClymont said: “I was absolutely honoured to celebrate Stranraer Cancer Drop In Centre 25th anniversary surrounded by lots of familiar faces, including the two previous managers, Una Wilson and Kate McIntyre.

“This charity has gone from strength to strength over the last 25 years and I am very proud to be the manager of the centre, there is no doubt it can be a very challenging job but also extremely rewarding.

“I look forward to taking the centre into the future, alongside our very talented complimentary therapist Catherine Burns, and our amazing team of dedicated volunteers.

“We are also very grateful to be supported in this mission by NHS Dumfries and Galloway and Dumfries and Galloway Health Board Endowment Fund.”

Meanwhile, chairman of the centre management committee Brian Pattinson added: “We were delighted to host a special “drop-in” afternoon to mark 25 years since the centre was established. It was an opportunity to thank all our volunteers, both current and former, and even some founding members.

“The centre continues to grow, and clients seeking help and support are at an all time high.

“Our strong partnership with NHS Dumfries and Galloway has enabled us to increase our opening hours this year to meet demand and we are especially grateful to the local community, who continue to provide amazing financial support through their fundraising efforts – enabling us to provide alternative therapies and other support to our clients.”

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