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Pulham Surgery Support Group celebrates 25th anniversary

A support group is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Founded in 1994, the Pulham Surgery Support Group has been instrumental in the development of support for carers in south Norfolk.

The group continues to promote access to information about health and social issues and helps improve communication between clients and health professionals when needed.

Drs Philip Leftley and Peter Rowan cut the cake at last week’s celebrations.
Drs Philip Leftley and Peter Rowan cut the cake at last week’s celebrations.

Originally covering 12 villages, it also welcomes visitors from practices further afield.

Retired practice sister and committee member Lorna Pyke said: “The group has had a huge impact on so many lives.

“We feel an immense sense of achievement and pride that, together, we have been able to sustain this unique project for 25 years, even though there have been major changes at the surgery and within health and social care everywhere.”

The self-funded group is run by a committee and supported by volunteers who organise a monthly get-together, which includes entertainment and an opportunity to give each other mutual support.

Member Eileen Clarke said: “I first went to the meetings to help with my nerves.

“Now I am a volunteer and we have learned a lot about the help that is available and what we can do for ourselves and each other.

“We have met some interesting and inspiring speakers and, over the years, we have developed a network of reliable contacts and advisers who offer expertise, funding and encouragement.”

Crucial to the success of the group was the support of retired doctors Philip Leftley and Peter Rowan, who came to celebrate the anniversary at Pulham Market Memorial Hall last week.

Dr Leftley said: “I believe that supporting and caring has never been more important and, while celebrating the success of science in medicine, we should remember the compassion.”

The group is looking to strengthen and extend its existing support network in the future.

“We are hoping for more support from everybody and are always looking for volunteers,” said Ms Pyke.

Anyone interested should call Lorna Pyke on 01379 677796.

Meetings are held in Pulham Market Memorial Hall on the third Tuesday of the month, from 2pm to 4pm. The hall is accessible to wheelchair users.

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