FIFERS affected by cancer will soon be able to get help and support in Lochgelly library as part of a new £240,000 investment.

In a new partnership approach, Macmillan Cancer Support is working with Fife Cultural Trust to develop much needed services for people with the disease, as well as their families and carers.

The charity is investing £240,000 to develop information areas and drop-in services in four libraries in Fife over the coming months, with the first two opening in Lochgelly and Leven in November.

Two others will then be rolled out, one in Glenrothes and another at a location to be confirmed.

The services will offer emotional and practical advice. They will also provide access to information materials on various types of cancer and its treatment, or simply a listening ear.

As well as specialist cancer information and emotional support, the service can refer people onto other services, such as benefits advice.

Janice Preston, Macmillan’s Head of Services in Scotland, commented: “A cancer diagnosis brings with it all kinds of questions and uncertainty for patients, their families and friends. Being able to access information and emotional support at this stressful time is vital and we know from the success of similar services in libraries that people appreciate local easily accessible services.

“Macmillan is almost entirely funded by donations so we couldn’t provide this much-needed service to the increasing number of people with cancer without the people in Fife who donate so generously.”

June Souter, service development manager for libraries, said: “Fife Cultural Trust's libraries are delighted to be helping Macmillan to support people affected by cancer within their local community.

"We will be asking Fifers to volunteer with us as the most valuable thing you can offer people affected by cancer is your time.”

To find out more contact Jackie Brown at or call 03451 555 555 ext 450047.