Richard Wild

In October 2017 my wife, Pauline, was appointed as manager of Waterside Cancer Support in Hythe, one of the Centres supported by Wessex Cancer Trust.
In February 2018, Pauline attended a blood doning facility, at which she was told that she was anaemic. She was advised to consult her doctor, which she did a few days later. After a number of tests she was diagnosed with colon cancer. In July 2018, a tumour, two tumour deposits, and thirty-two lymph nodes were removed and sent for further tests. Three months of chemo-therapy was recommended in the hope of ensuring that the cancer does not return, following which Pauline was declared "cured", subject to the results of the further tests. Those should be known during March 2019.

The medical aspects associated with this cancer lasted a little over three months. The psychological impact has lasted since February 2018, is still ongoing a full year later, and one can only hazard a guess as to when, if ever, it may end....for Pauline, for me, and for our adult children.


Wessex Cancer Trust believe that there should be help and support available to everyone living with cancer, when and where they need it.

Community is at the heart of Wessex Cancer Trust – we put services in local communities so people affected by cancer have somewhere to go at a time when they most need support.


A diagnosis can have a huge impact on the entire family. That’s why we’re committed to providing free support to anyone affected by cancer for as long as they need us. Our six cancer support centres are safe places for people to receive the emotional, practical and physical support they need.


From coffee mornings, to craft groups and wellness classes, people come together to meet people who understand what they are going through. We’re proud that our centres are a safe community for anyone affected by cancer.

Richard Wild