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LIVERPOOL'S Active Age centre has saved lives. While many people who use the Clubmoor venue say it has rescued them from loneliness, for one it has an extra special meaning Ann Roberts was taking part in a drama group production when she made a life-changing discovery. The 64-year-old widow from Norris Green said: ``We did a sketch for October's breast awareness week, about mammograms. I had to show women how to examine themselves - and I found a lump. ``It was cancer. I've had an operation and I'm starting chemo. But I'm still coming here. It's keeping me going - it saved me.'' The pounds 1m Lottery-aided Age Concern centre in Townsend Lane was opened in 1999, and offers a host of activities from IT to tai chi, salsa dancing, French classes, and stress management to the over 50s. The majority of users are aged 60 to 75. People travel from as far as Southport, Widnes and Wirral to take part, or just socialise. Age Concern spokeswoman Liz Greenwood said older people were involved in the planning. She said: ``The building was designed by old people, for old people, down to the bricks and carpets. That's important.'' Widower John Blackburne, 82,says he was left staring at ``four walls and a TV'', until he got involved with the creation of Active Age. Now he volunteers four times a week and says: ``For a lot of people it has changed their lives.''
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 17, 2003
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