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Blog added 22 December 2016
We know that Christmas can be a difficult time for people affected by cancer, and we know that there are lots of things that family and friends can do to give support.
Below are 12 great tips that you have shared here on The Source, from turning your phone off and really listening to a friend or family member affected by cancer, to making fun memories and giving more hugs.
Give them a try this festive season, and help make sure that no one faces cancer alone.
1. Sometimes, nothing can make you smile quite like chocolate. Share a bar with someone you know affected by cancer.
2. Make today the day you switch off your mobile and take half an hour to really listen to someone affected by cancer.
3. Christmas is a busy time, but remember to take time out from the planning to make fun memories with those you love.
4. Hand cream, ginger biscuits and intensive lip balms are all thoughtful Christmas gifts for someone having treatment.
5. Flowers are great, but often practical gifts can really help those with cancer. Offer to walk their dog, or clean!
6. Sometimes a hug can say more than words. Reach out to a loved one with cancer and let them know they are not alone.
7. Christmas is the perfect time to reach out to a friend of a friend, or a neighbour affected by cancer.
8. For many undergoing treatment, the last thing they want to do is cook. Why not offer to make a meal this Christmas?
9. When doing the Christmas rounds, don't forget to check in with those who may be finding this time tough.
10. Keeping things as normal as possible is important to people with cancer. So have a laugh as you usually would!
11. This festive season, your friend with cancer may not be able to come to a party, but you should still invite them!
12. Whether those you love had treatment 10 days ago or 10 years ago, remember to show your support this Christmas.