Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Helping Hand for Sufferers; 'Inspirational' Woman's Legacy

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Helping Hand for Sufferers; 'Inspirational' Woman's Legacy

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Byline: ADAM JUPP

AN "inspirational" woman who recently died of cancer has left a legacy behind for other sufferers.

Lady Brenda Beecham, wife of Tyneside peer Lord Jeremy, passed away in September, having lived with the disease for two years.

After learning she had bowel cancer, the 63-year-old had worked on a series of projects to raise awareness and help others cope.

Now, a booklet called Moving Forward, which she helped produce, has been published. It deals with the psychological impact of having cancer and its long-term consequences on the lives of patients and their families, even when they have been given the all-clear.

It has been supported by Coping With Cancer North East. Journalist and film director Sheilagh Matheson, MD of media company SilverLining and a close friend of Lady Beecham, of Gosforth, Newcastle, explained how the booklet came about.

She said: "Lady Beecham devised a course with group coaching, exercises and setting goals for four women at different stages of cancer treatment. …

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