A CHARITY hopes to reach out and help more families affected by cancer– starting with a cuppa and a chat.

The Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust, based in Spennymoor, hopes to expand its service and support people in surrounding communities who do not currently know how it could help them.

The outreach initiative, dubbed the Team Solan Supports More Warriors Project, will be launched with a series of free coffee mornings in Croxdale, Hett, Tudhoe, Kirk Merrington, Middlestone Moor and Byers Green.

At the first coffee morning in each location, tea, coffee, biscuits and snacks will be available free to attendees.

People will be able to learn how they can get involved with Team Solan as a volunteer or beneficiary and get information about therapy treatments, a wig bank and leisure, social and educational activities targeted at promoting friendships and social inclusion.

A spokesperson said: "We hope that this initiative will provide easier local access and increased opportunities for those families touched by or aware of a cancer diagnosis to hear or just to see what Team Solan comprises.

"Families, friends, carers, neighbours are invited to meet, talk and benefit from engagement and interaction with other residents, 'Warriors' and from Team Solan activities.

"We hope that the follow-on events will prove popular in each location, leading on to regular monthly meetings."

Free Team Solan coffee mornings will be at St David's Church Hall, Tudhoe, on Thursday, September 19; Croxdale Community Centre on Friday, September 20; Kirk Merrington Community Centre on Monday, September 23; Hett Village Hall on Wednesday, September 25; Middlestone Moor Community Centre on Friday, September 27; and Byers Green Village Hall on Tuesday, October 1. All will be held 10am to 12noon.

To enable the charity to further its reach it secured £4,800 from Spennymoor Area Action Partnership's It’s Up 2 U public vote in March.