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Libraries offer cancer lifeline

Libraries in Cumbria are to offer specialist support to cancer patients.

From Wednesday, patients can visit nine local libraries, including Alston and Carlisle, where they can pick up information on the disease.

Trained volunteers from Macmillan will also be on hand at certain libraries, including Workington and Barrow to hold drop-in sessions for patients.

The scheme is being run by Cumbria County Council and the charity Macmillan and is costing £60,000.

Councillor Barbara Cannon, the county council's cabinet member responsible for adults and culture, said: "Raising awareness of cancer and the support available is not only important to help early diagnosis, but also to let people know that they are not fighting this disease on their own."

Those libraries also offering drop-in sessions include Appleby, Penrith and Wigton.

Those libraries offering just information, such as books and leaflets, include Keswick and Longtown.

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