A COUNCILLOR, who herself has two brain tumours, has started a support group for other St Helens residents.

Newton-le-Willows councillor Jeanie Bell was diagnosed with the Meningiomas tumours in October and received support from the Brain Charity who offer a lot of advice and practical support.

Now, alongside other people living with tumours, Jeanie has set up a monthly support group at Momo’s on Cotham Street offering help and advice, with the first group taking place on Thursday, September 6 from 6pm.

The mum-of-three said: “Last October I was diagnosed with two brain tumours, it’s a shock and a real learning curve especially as my symptoms have become more pronounced.

“Most residents in St Helens diagnosed with a brain tumour are referred to the Walton Centre as it's the closet centre of excellence.

“The problem is most support is based in Liverpool and if you are ill, can't drive or don’t have support then there is very little locally to help.

“This support group with provide a range of help and advice from St Helens agencies alongside Public Health and the Brain Charity who will link and provide the group with signposting as well as practical support.

“Just as important is chance for those struggling with diagnosis, as well as their family and friends, having the opportunity to meet others in their situation and get peer support and help.”

The group will have a different guest speaker each month as well as wellbeing activities and information.