Our new cancer Support Centre in Bournemouth

is officially open!

Our new cancer Support Centre in Bournemouth has been officially opened by the Deputy Mayor of Bournemouth, councillor Susan Phillips.

Bournemouth team opening day

The Bournemouth cancer Support Centre team with the Deputy Mayor of Bournemouth, councillor Susan Phillips, on opening day

 

Our new Centre, at Bourne House in Hinton Road, provides free and local support to anyone living with cancer at any stage. This includes a drop-in service with trained befrienders, wellbeing activities, support groups, complementary therapies – like acupuncture and massage, and counselling. The Centre has two private treatment rooms, a welcoming lounge and access to a roof terrace overlooking the sea.

Opening the new Centre, manager Steffi Colbert, said:

“If you’re living with cancer, you probably spend a lot of time at medical appointments. Our Support Centre is a warm and welcoming haven, about as far from a hospital environment as you can get. Living with cancer can be incredibly tough and many of us are all too aware of the impact Covid-19 has had on cancer services. Whatever you’re going through and however you’re feeling, we’re here to provide the support that’s right for you.”

The Deputy Mayor of Bournemouth, councillor Susan Phillips, said:

“I was delighted to be asked to open Wessex Cancer Trust’s new cancer Support Centre in Bournemouth. Many of us in our local community will be affected by cancer, and this much-needed space will provide comfort and support to both those living directly with it, and their loved ones. I congratulate Wessex Cancer Trust on the personalised support they provide, ensuring that no-one has to face cancer alone.”

The Bournemouth team has been supporting Hilary through her cancer diagnosis and Covid-19. She says:

“I initially went along to the Support Centre for a coffee and a chat, but it soon became a regular occurrence because I found it so easy to talk to everyone there. It’s like walking into an oasis of calm, away from all the hospital appointments, treatment and blood tests. The unconditional support they give is incredibly comforting, and meeting others with similar fears and concerns helps to ease feelings of loneliness and isolation.”

We’ve been providing cancer support in Bournemouth since 2016, but had to move out of our home at Fairview House because the site is being redeveloped. All of the services we offer at our four cancer Support Centres throughout Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are funded through voluntary donations.

You can contact our Bournemouth cancer Support Centre here.

Our Bournemouth cancer Support Centre is experienced at supporting anyone with a cancer diagnosis and their loved ones.

Click here to get in touch with them and find out how they can help