As a charity dedicated to providing free and local emotional and practical support for anyone living with cancer throughout the Wessex region, we were delighted to host a visit from Steve Brine, the MP for Winchester and Chandler's Ford, who praised the way we're developing our services to directly meet changing local need. 

Steve visited our Chandler's Ford Support Centre where he talked to clients who had taken part in a Tai Chi class and toured our counselling and therapy facilities. He then met our CEO, Cait Allen, who briefed him on the major research we're carrying out to find out what local people living with any type of cancer and at any stage need most in terms of cancer support.

The results will put the views and experiences of people affected by cancer at the heart of shaping cancer support services in Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.

Steve said:

The recently published NHS Long Term Plan has a strong focus on diagnosis, meaning more people will be living with cancer and for longer. As these numbers continue to increase, so will the demand for support services. In light of this changing environment, I wholeheartedly support the way in which Wessex Cancer Trust is specifically asking local people what they most need and want, to make sure they continue to receive the best possible support from the charity.

To have your say on the future of cancer support services, visit here before 6 May.