Macmillan Cancer Support’s bus for Wales, ‘Bronwen’, is set to make her debut at the Royal Welsh Show on Monday 23 July.
The bus, which has been specially adapted to offer free information and support about cancer to rural communities in Wales, will be at the showground for the entire week.
Onboard Bronwen is a friendly team of health and social care professionals, who are there to answer questions about cancer, in a private and confidential setting.
Visitors to the stand at Avenue B95 can also pick up sun cream and information and advice about skin cancer. In light of the recent protracted spell of hot, sunny weather, the cancer charity is keen to let showground visitors know that help is here if they have questions about skin cancer.
Speaking about Bronwen’s attendance at the Royal Welsh Show, Team Lead for Wales, Moray Hayman, said:
“Macmillan has been attending the Royal Welsh Show for years and we love it!
“This year is very special for us as it will be the first year Macmillan’s brand new dedicated Welsh mobile unit will be there..
“Bronwen the bus is smaller, sleeker, open, airy and welcoming. It has been designed with Wales in mind, to allow us to get to more communities. Since launching in September 2017, we have seen over 50,000 people in Wales.
“We offer the same level of service at the show as we do out on the road. Whether it’s your first time to the show, or you’re an annual visitor, ‘We’re here for you’. We offer advice about the signs and symptoms of cancer and side effects of cancer treatments.
Speaking about the importance of providing information and support to rural communities in Wales, Macmillan in Wales Head of Services, Richard Pugh, said:
“Last week we published our research by Macmillan Cancer Support and the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit of Public Health Wales which showed the stage at which cancer is diagnosed differs depending on where people live.
“The data shows that 35 per cent of people newly diagnosed with cancer live in a rural area, while the rural population as a whole only accounts for 32 per cent of the total population of Wales.
“This is why it is so important for us to be at the showground. It is an amazing opportunity to connect with large numbers of people from rural Wales.
“I’d urge anyone at the showground with questions about cancer to seek out Bronwen at Avenue B95.”
Anyone unable to visit the bus when it comes to the Royal Welsh Show can call the Macmillan Support Line free on 0808 808 00 00 or got to www.macmillan.org.uk