Wessex Cancer Trust believes that there should be help and support available to everyone living with cancer, when and where they need it.
One in two of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime. A diagnosis can be a shock and have a huge impact on an entire family. Wessex Cancer Trust provides free and local emotional support to anyone living with cancer. Through our four cancer support centres we offer a drop-in service, professional counselling, complementary therapies, activities, support groups and courses. We also run services in the heart of the community, including our popular Sing for Life choirs and transport on our Daisy Buses to help patients get to their hospital appointments. Our ambition is a future where everyone affected by cancer receives the support that empowers them to live well with and beyond cancer.
We also have five shops across the Wessex region which stock a range of new and pre-loved fashion, bric-a-brac and household items which raise funds to support local people living with cancer.
Our Vision and Mission
Wessex Cancer Trust’s ambition is a future where everyone affected by cancer receives person-centred care that empowers them to live well with and beyond cancer.
Through supportive care and information, we seek to improve the emotional and physical well-being of people affected by cancer, within their locality.
We recognise that everyone’s experience is unique and cancer affects every area of life, for both the person living with cancer and their loved ones. Support, both emotional and physical, is at the heart of everything we do.
We have spent the last 40 years devoting ourselves to being a trusted source of cancer information for local people. From prevention and early detection, to living well with and beyond cancer, we’re committed to providing clear, accessible information for everyone.
Our door is always open. Living with cancer is difficult, it can feel isolating and result in a loss of confidence. We understand it can be difficult to stay positive and maintain working, or a social life. We are a community of local people who understand how you feel and will be right by your side.
We know cancer takes a lot. We want you to understand that being you before, during and after cancer is always enough. Whether it’s learning to accept what is, meeting new people or getting back to exercise, we are here to help you thrive.
Work with us
People are our greatest assets. Without our dedicated staff and volunteer team, we couldn’t provide the vital services we provide.
It’s an exciting time to join our charity. This past year we have seen plenty of change: our services have had to dramatically adapt to ensure we can still support people with cancer and their loved ones despite the challenges faced by Covid. We are focused on using our learnings from 2020 to develop a new strategy that meets the changing needs of local people affected by cancer.
Wessex Cancer Trust also celebrates 40 years of cancer care this year, and we couldn’t be prouder of our heritage and achievements throughout the decades. 2021 is a year of celebration and giving thanks, whilst building on many more years of supporting the Wessex region with cancer care.
A Little History
The Trust was formed in a portakabin on the site of The Royal South Hants Hospital in 1981 by a small group of medical professionals. During the first 30 years, the Trust was focused on raising funds for major projects and research taking place throughout the Wessex region. This included funding breast cancer nurses, ground-breaking research into pioneering treatments and numerous appeals for hospital wards and equipment.
Improving the lives of people affected by cancer has always been at the heart of our work. So in 2012, it was a natural progression for us to start delivering community-based services, close to people’s homes. The Trust has developed rapidly over recent years and now has four Cancer Support Centres, along with a range of other non-clinical support services.
The whole team is immensely proud of what we have achieved over the past 39 years and we are very grateful to everyone who has contributed to the charity’s journey.
Wessex Cancer Trust established in a portacabin at the Royal South Hants Hospital.
We set up the first breast cancer screening service in the region.
We funded the first breast cancer care nurse in Wessex.
Support for Southampton General Hospital Children’s cancer Unit began. The Piam Brown Ward.
Out of hospital support began in our Support Centres.
We provided £250,000 to renovate the Isle of Wight Chemotherapy Unit.
Waterside Cancer Support Centre Joined Wessex Cancer Trust
We opened our Isle of Wight Cancer Support Centre
Chandler’s Ford Cancer Support Centre opened.
We celebrated 35 years of cancer support.
Our Bournemouth Cancer Support Centre opened.
Over 100 people took part in our first Walk for Hope event and raised over £25,000!
Fundraising and work began on our new Cancer Wellbeing Centre on the Isle of Wight!
Isle of Wight Cancer Wellbeing Centre opened.
Covid-19 forced us to temporarily close our doors and bring our support online.
We celebrate 40 years of local cancer care!