We have detailed how we are continuing to support anyone living with any type of cancer during the latest lockdown restrictions, and are urging people living in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight to get in touch if they need help.
Since the first lockdown in March, we have been working hard to evolve our services to ensure they are available and easy to access from home. Although our cancer Support Centres remain temporarily closed, support is available via telephone and a closed Facebook support group. Daisy Buses to help patients get to their hospital appointments are still running with increased Covid precautions, and our Sing for Life choirs are meeting online.
Rachel Billsberry-Grass, Wessex Cancer Trust’s CEO, says the charity remains determined to support local people in the best possible way:
“2020 has been tough for all of us, but if you’re living with cancer you might be feeling particularly anxious and isolated. We know there’s no right or wrong way to feel, so we’ve put together lots of different things for people to access depending on what they feel is right for them. If you need support, please don’t wait, thinking that things will get better or that others need it more. Call one of our support centres or visit https://www.wessexcancer.org.uk/remote-support/covid-services/ to see how we can help.”
Our services team is currently creating a timetable of live online support sessions, in response to need, which will be made available at www.wessexcancer.org.uk soon. If you have a particular need, please contact your local support centre.
Other services include:
Patient transport is available on our Daisy Buses for anyone arriving from the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands to attend hospital appointments at Southampton General Hospital and Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth. Buses are operating with Covid precautions in place.
We have set up a closed online Facebook support group. This provides a forum to share your experiences, support each other and share advice and information from the comfort and safety of your own home. For many people with cancer, connecting with others provides emotional support at a very challenging time. It can also provide a vital support base for friends, family members and carers.
Face-to-face support groups have been paused temporarily and moved online. For more information, please contact:
Bournemouth Cancer Support Centre Monday-Thursday, 10am-3pm, 01202 315824
Chandler’s Ford Cancer Support Centre Monday-Thursday, 10am-3pm, 023 8051 6576
Isle of Wight Cancer Support Centre Monday-Thursday, 10am-3pm, 01983 524186
Waterside Cancer Support Centre Monday-Thursday, 10am-3pm, 023 8178 0409
In line with government guidance, all of our shops are now closed. We’re so grateful for all donations to the shops but please do not leave anything outside during lockdown as shops will not be manned during this time. When shops reopen, please telephone in advance to book a slot to drop off your donation.
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2020 has been tough for all of us, but if you’re living with cancer you might be feeling particularly anxious and isolated. We know there’s no right or wrong way to feel, so we’ve put together lots of different things for you to access, depending on what you feel is right for you. If you need support, please don’t wait, hoping things will get easier or that others need it more. Call one of our support centres or have a look through our website to see how we can help.Rachel Billsberry-Grass, CEO, Wessex Cancer Trust