Chepstow Library has set up a special outdoor seating area for people affected by cancer - and staff are seeking ideas on how it can be developed.
The county’s library service works with Macmillan Cancer Support to provide free accessible information, and the seating area - in the recently-established reading garden - is the result of a partnership between Macmillan, library staff, the Friends of the Reading Garden and Joanna Kerr of the National Gardens Scheme.
The team has worked closely together and with people who are themselves affected by cancer. Following treatment there is often reduced sensation in fingers and toes making walking difficult and the reading garden provides a shaded space to relax while reading a book or browsing the Macmillan information available in the library.
Erica Sheppard, the Macmillan Cancer Support and Information Coordinator, said:
“We wanted to create a special place for people to enjoy - not just for those going through cancer but also for their friends, family and carers. This new area offers dappled shade and comfy seating, where people can sit, catch their breath, or wait while the family goes shopping.”
The team is looking for ideas to develop the area and invites residents to share their ideas with library staff. Erica will be on hand on Thursday 11th July from 10am to 12 noon in the garden to chat about the special seating area and to provide information on coping with cancer.