Our Salisbury Cancer Support Group has started running a bereavement support group after bagging £4,000 from Tesco's Bags of Help community grant scheme. 

Anyone can drop in to the group which meets at the Centre at 10.30am every Tuesday. Led by a trained facilitator, it's a place to speak to others going through a similar experience and seek advice, support and strategies for coping. 

Local Tesco customers had the chance to vote for three different groups using a token given to them at checkout, and selected the bereavement support group to get the top award of £4,000. 

Centre Manager Nicky Williams said she was delighted local people who decided how the money would be spent in their community had recognised the importance of supporting anyone who had lost a loved one to cancer:

I'm passionate that we provide a haven for anyone affected by cancer, where they can be themselves without the filtering we sometimes do around friends and family. It's key that people leave us feeling better.

The Centre is open every Tuesday and Thursday between 10am and 4pm, and offers counselling, hypnotherapy and complementary therapies. Trained befrienders are on hand to offer a sympathetic, non-judgemental ear to anyone going through what can be a particularly difficult time of their lives. Other regular meet-ups include a monthly breast care group and a coffee morning with the 'Living With and Beyond Cancer' team on the first Tuesday of every month.

The Support Centre is at Suite 4, Beckett House, Bridge Street, Salisbury, SP1 2LX. Telephone 01722 421781 or email [email protected].

If you'd like to find out more about talking to someone who is grieving, we've put together a guide here, https://www.wessexcancer.org.uk/talking-to-someone-who-is-grieving