Macmillan Cancer Support is building an innovative new information and support centre for people affected by cancer across Sussex.
The Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support Centre is a partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support, Sussex Cancer Fund and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.
What will it offer?
The Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support Centre will offer vital support for local people facing the toughest fight of their lives, including: specialist information advice and quality resources; welfare benefits advice; counselling services; complementary therapies and physical activity services; hair and skincare advice; practical support and dietary advice; and a space for self help and support groups.
The centre will link up existing information and support across Sussex – such as libraries, support groups and other current Macmillan services – to ensure people across the county don’t have to go through cancer alone.
People affected by cancer – including patients, family, carers and friends – will be able to visit the Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support centre and find the support they need, every step of the way.
Where and when?
The Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support Centre will be built opposite the site of the existing Sussex Cancer Centre at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, and building work will start on 10 March 2014. We anticipate that it will be open to the public in Summer 2015.
Support our fundraising appeal
Every year 7,000 people in Sussex are told they have cancer, yet 1,400 of them are left with little or no information about the illness they are facing, or the options available to them.
Being told that you or someone you love has cancer can leave you feeling shocked, upset and isolated. It may be you need answers, reassurance or simply help with the things that matter to you.
Please call 0300 1000 200 or email email@example.com to get involved and visit www.macmillan.org.uk/sussexsupportcentre
Heidi Ivinson, cancer patient, says: “Cancer hit my family like a thunderbolt, when I was diagnosed with a rare tumour I was devastated. With support from Macmillan everything changed – my 10 year old son had counselling to help him cope and I got a grant to help with the cost of travel to hospital. No one prepares you for the emotional impact of cancer and the biggest support was being able to talk to someone about how I felt.”
Get in touch
If you would like more information or to get involved in the development of the Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support Centre service, please contact Geoff Brown, Project Implementation Manager, Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support Centre on firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 07703672773.
If you would like to make a donation or take part in a fundraising activity for the Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support Centre appeal, please contact our Fundraising Support Centre on 0300 1000 200 or email email@example.com