WHILE many of us are beginning to cautiously return to a life that is almost normal after months of forced hibernation, many people with cancer are still trapped at home.

For those who were told to shield, the worry of contracting the virus at a time when they’re already physically fragile means many are still frightened to go outside or see friends and family. There will be many in the Central Fife Times circulation area who are in this situation.

However, staying home alone is also taking a toll on people. Research for Macmillan Cancer Support found many people with cancer have been feeling anxious, depressed and even having panic attacks during lockdown.

That’s why Macmillan Cancer Support has set up a Telephone Buddies service that pairs up people with cancer who need someone to talk to, with someone else who has been through a similar cancer experience. The buddies and the person they are matched with then have weekly calls, chatting about everything from tv and music, to cancer treatment and side effects.

To find out more about using the service, or about becoming a buddy, visit www.macmillan.org.uk/telephonebuddies or call 0808 808 0000.


Volunteering & Engagement Manager,

Macmillan Cancer Support,

19a Canning Street,