Cancer centre will continue to serve Garstang patients

Photo Donna Clifford'Margaret O'Donoghue won a red rose award
Photo Donna Clifford'Margaret O'Donoghue won a red rose award

Bosses at a Garstang based cancer charity say they will continue to run services for patients after its long term future was put into doubt.

Cancer Help (Preston) Ltd founded by Margaret O’Donoghue (pictured), which operates Croston House in Croston Road, was forced to reduce its opening days last year after a new management structure was put in place.

It led to speculation that the centre, which provides specialist counselling and bereavement support for people affected by the disease would be closed down.

But new general manager Jeanette Smalley said she wanted to reassure the Garstang community that Croston House would remain open for business.

Jeanette said: “During the coming months the charity will be looking at what services people affected by cancer would like to have at the House.”

The charity was founded over 25 years ago by Mrs O’Donoghue and gained a strong reputation for its vital services to cancer patients and their families from point of diagnosis, from counselling to complementary therapies and social activities.

In 2006 the charity extended its services to the Garstang area, opening a fourth shop on High Street to help fund a second day care centre in Croston Road, which opened in 2008.

The centre is now open from 9am to 5pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Jeanette added: “If you would like to come along and find out more about what we do, please feel free to either telephone (01995) 606469, or drop in and meet the team.”