Southampton General Hospital newly diagnoses approximately 100 children with cancer each year. This diagnosis can be a shock and have a huge impact on the entire family.

This year Wessex Cancer Trust saw the official launch of its new Children’s Services at its Cancer Support Centres in Bournemouth and Chandler’s Ford. Conducting specialist counselling and play therapy services for children aged 4 to 18 who are affected by cancer, as well as siblings and parents.

In April 2016, BBC Children in Need awarded the Trust £10,000 to provide non-clinical support and a caring place to visit during their journey with cancer. The money donated from the fund will be used at the Chandler’s Ford Centre to provide valuable support for children and young adults with cancer.

Tim, 71, started visiting our Chandler’s Ford Support Centre when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this year. The new Children’s Services are a great comfort to Tim, who says:

One of the best things about the Centre is the feeling of complete family care. I find it incredibly reassuring knowing that my wife and 8-year- old granddaughter, whom we care for, will be able to get the support they need after I’m gone.

When a family member is diagnosed with cancer, it is common for children to have difficulty knowing how to cope, and having an independent person to speak to is a huge help to them.

If you or a family member may benefit from this service, please get in contact:
023 8067 2200 WCT@wessexcancer.org.uk