The East Surrey Macmillan Cancer Support Centre, located at East Surrey Hospital, has celebrated its third anniversary.
The centre opened its doors in January 2016, as a joint project by Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (which runs the hospital) and charity Macmillan Cancer Support.
The facility was designed by experts and people affected by cancer, to offer additional holistic care in a friendly, informal and non-clinical environment.
More than 5000 patients, their carers, family members and friends have visited the centre since it opened.
To mark its third anniversary, the centre held a party where service users, donors, staff and volunteers were able to enjoy a cup of tea and a celebratory slice of birthday cake.
Lesley Aldridge, centre manager, said:
“We have had the privilege of supporting many people on their cancer journey, through our range of complementary therapies; group activities and workshops; including physical activity; creative workshops; drop-in coffee mornings and support groups.”
Staff and volunteers provide practical advice, emotional support or simply a listening ear, at any stage for those living with cancer. There are currently 52 volunteers at the centre.
Lesley Aldridge said:
“The beating heart of the centre is the volunteer team, who give generously of their time and skills to the centre.”
We are really grateful too to Macmillan who provide a lot of support and help, both financial and practical, and also to our many generous donors, some of whom have been impacted by cancer themselves.”
Richard Longrigg, Macmillan partnership quality lead, added:
“Since it opened three years ago, the centre has provided essential support and is a welcoming space for people living with cancer, their family and carers.
It’s hugely important that this kind of support is available right from the point at which people find out they have cancer, through to treatment and into recovery and for those who continue to live with cancer. It has proven to be an invaluable resource and source of comfort for many people living in the area. And this is all due to the commitment and hard work of the staff and volunteers who make the centre what it is.”
The party took place on Friday 25 January.