People affected by cancer or other life-limiting illness are invited to join a new support group.

‘Tea and Talk at Toby’s’ will hold its first meeting at the Toby Carvery, in Southend Road, Woodford, on Monday, November, 12.

The group aims to be practical and informative while giving people and their loved ones an opportunity to meet others going through similar experiences.

It was set up by Saint Francis Hospice with Macmillan Cancer Support and Toby Carvery following the success of a group in Brentwood, Essex.

Karen Freeman, project manager of the hospice’s confidential helpline ‘OrangeLine’ which facilitates the group, said: “Due to the success of the Brentwood Tea and Talk at Toby’s we are delighted to be able to introduce the group to Redbridge in conjunction with the Redbridge palliative care team.”

The group will meet on the second Monday of every month, excluding bank holidays. For more information call 01708 758649 or email