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Local cancer charity announces new Head of Support Services for north east

By Ewan Malcolm

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KAY Johnston has been appointed as the new Head of Cancer Support Services for Clan Cancer Support in the north east and Northern Isles.

Kay Johnston will help develop cancer support services in the north east and Northern Isles.
Kay Johnston will help develop cancer support services in the north east and Northern Isles.

Ms Johnston will lead and develop vital services throughout Moray and beyond.

She will be responsible for leading the cancer services team which includes wellbeing, support for children & families, Clan’s bed and breakfast facility, the Clan Haven, and expanding the charity's reach through their community bases across the region. Kay will also have a key role in the senior management team.

Ms Johnston has over 12 and a half years of experience leading teams that work with adults with learning disabilities in the community. She also has extensive experience of supporting and helping people cope with the loss of a loved one.

Ms Johnston said: "I am looking forward to seeing what I can bring to the team here at Clan and how my knowledge can be used to further develop the vital services that Clan offers throughout the community.

"Clan has such a presence across the north-east and Northern Isles and it's an exciting time to join as we move out of lockdown and services can start to resume. I'm looking forward to being an instrumental part of Clan's journey to bring further support to those affected by a cancer diagnosis."

Dr Colette Backwell, Chief Executive of Clan, added: "I'm delighted to welcome Kay into the role of Head of Cancer Support Services and am looking forward to welcoming her to the team.

"Kay has a wealth of knowledge that will be of great benefit to Clan and the services we provide. Her ability to lead and manage successful teams will be instrumental in Clan's future as we look to enhance our vital support services across the communities in the coming months."

Clan Cancer Support is an independent charity that provides support for anyone affected by cancer. They aim to help people increase their ability to cope with the effects of the serious illness.

The charity's locations in Elgin, Forres and Lossiemouth are now reopening for face-to-face support. Bookings can also be made for walk and talk sessions.

More information can be found here or by calling 01224 647000.

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