The number of individual clients accessing support was 52% higher than in 2022, and in total clients accessed 16,560 individual support sessions – up from 7,515 last year.
We know that everyone’s experience of cancer is different and we pride ourselves on ensuring that every client is able to access the combination of support that suits them best. Therefore, we were delighted that 98% of clients rated our services as good or excellent during 2023.
We also provided 12,344 journeys on our Daisy Buses (11,662 in 2022).
We’re incredibly proud that there was a 31% increase in the number of men using our services last year. You can read more about them – and the men that support them, here.
Here are a few quotes from our clients. You can also also watch Rose’s video.
Simon, client at our Isle of Wight cancer support centre
“The support centre is the kind of place you can just pop in any time. It’s very cosy and comfortable and you can just sit in peace and quiet with a cup of tea and a biscuit if that’s what you need. I’m very receptive to the idea of complementary therapy and found Reiki (a gentle energy therapy which helps trigger the body’s relaxation response), gave me peace – as did counselling and massage. The people are what make it. They’re all kind souls – the salt of the earth, and they make you feel special and not alone. I spoke to a lovely chap called Phil and we worked out what combination of support would work best for me; and Laura, who runs the Isle of Wight support centre, and her team are all wonderful.”
Jo, client at our Bournemouth cancer support centre
“I visited the Bournemouth cancer support centre and found they had a selection of services to choose from, depending on your particular needs and feelings. You pick what suits you best. I’ve found Reiki and reflexology wonderful, and I’m a voracious reader, so I love the book club! I even modelled at the charity’s Sparkle Party, which was a huge confidence boost! And of course, when you visit the centre you surround yourself with people who understand what you’re going through. They also have regular ‘crafternoons,’ face-to-face befriending, chat and stitch, coffee mornings, an evening support and friendship group, afternoon tea, walking groups and movement to music.
“There’s still a lot of uncertainty around the future, and it can be hard to get out of the mindset that you’re waiting for the sword to drop. My feelings and worries have shifted throughout my cancer journey, which has been unsettling. But I do feel more positive and less isolated knowing that the lovely people at the Bournemouth cancer support centre are at my side throughout.”
Rose, client at our Waterside cancer support centre
“I had Uni assignments to finish when I was diagnosed with bowel cancer. I felt lost and isolated. Then, I met a wonderful team at the Waterside cancer support centre who supported and encouraged me. They’re so caring and kind – the most wonderful people I’ve ever met.
“Thanks to their support, my children got their Mum back. The whole team shows genuine compassion and kindness, and I always leave with the most wonderful feeling. Someone is always there with a cup of tea and a biscuit. When I need support, I know where to go, and now I feel ready now to carry on with my life.
“To everyone who’s helped me, thank you so much.”