About Us

Who is this group for?

The group is not just for people who suffer from Lymphoedema but also for all those family and friends who support people who have to live with this condition.

We welcome people regardless of their age, gender, race, religious belief or sexual orientation.

What area do we cover?

Our group is one of a national network of support networks for people living with Lymphoedema.

We cover many areas within the North East which include Northumberland, North and South of the Tyne, Durham and Middlesbrough.

Where do we meet?

Most of our meetings are held at St Oswald’s Hospice, Regent Avenue, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1EE.

map of area around hospice


logo for St Oswald's Hospice

What do we do?

Hospice buildingsWe hold four meetings per year within St Oswald’s Hospice. Speakers are usually a health care professional or a representative from a healthcare organisation all of who are recommended by St Oswald’s Hospice.

Additionally there is always a specialist Lymphoedema nurse present at our meetings should anyone have any queries or questions in relation to this condition.


We organise at least two outings per year – one during the Summer and a Christmas lunch outing.

How did it all start?

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Group shot from one of our meetings


The group was initially established in 1987 predominantly by people attending the Hospice for treatment with the support of Lydia Stephenson, a Physiotherapist based at the Hospice. The group was formed to provide support to those suffering from Lymphoedema and 30 years on it is still going strong!