A CANCER helpline will be run permanently following a successful trial period.

Here For You has been used by more than 300 patients in the last six months.

It provides the opportunity for patients, their partners and families to obtain support, discuss problems and gain access to other community support services.

The helpline is based at the Macmillan Cancer Drop In, Support and Information Centre, at Essex County Hospital, Colchester, and is manned by specialist trained cancer volunteers.

They cannot answer medical questions but will liaise with qualified health care professionals to address any emerging health concerns.

If you would like help and support, phone 01206 744401 Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm.