Macmillan information and support centre celebrates second anniversary
18 March 2016
The team behind the Macmillan Information and Support Centre at Southend University Hospital has celebrated its second anniversary and another year of laudable successes.
The Macmillan Cancer
Information and Support Centre opened at the hospital in March 2014
and provides high quality information and tailored support to
people affected by cancer - including patients, their relatives,
carers and professionals.
Over the past year alone the
centre has seen over 9000 people affected by cancer come through
its doors, supporting them with issues ranging from side effects of
treatment, to diet and exercise, to advice on getting back to
The centre also provides
welfare benefits advice and financial guidance, and has helped
local people to access over £30,000 in Macmillan Grants - one-off
payments designed to help individuals living with cancer cope with
Furthermore, the centre has
launched two new courses for people affected by cancer - 'HOPE' and
'Moving Forward' - as well as introducing a workshop called 'A
Rough Guide to Coping', specifically for patients and carers at the
beginning of treatment. The centre also runs a monthly support
group and weekly meditation and relaxation sessions.
Macmillan information and support manager, said:"The Macmillan
Information and Support Centre is a real lifeline for local people
affected by cancer - not just for patients, but also for carers and
loved ones, children and teenagers as well as adults.
"We know that cancer doesn't
just affect your physical health; it can affect your whole life.
That's why we offer a range of information and support to help
people regain control at what can be a very uncertain and
"The centre has gone from
strength to strength this year - the numbers speak for themselves.
It's all thanks to the hard work and dedication of our fantastic
staff and volunteers; we're incredibly proud of what we've achieved
so far and are looking forward to continued success as we embark on
our third year."
Staff and volunteers were
joined by current and former patients for the celebration. Among
them was Dave Emerson from Rayleigh, who has been visiting the
centre since being diagnosed with cancer last May. He said:
"As soon as you walk in
there's just a warm feeling; everyone's there for you. If you've
got any worries you can come in and there are people who can help
you take a load off. Through the centre I found a walking football
group which I go to every Saturday and my partner, Louise, comes
every Tuesday to do meditation. It's a safety net -if you've got
any problems you know you can just come in."
Information and Support Centre is located on the ground floor of
Southend Hospital's tower block building and is open Monday -
Friday, 9am - 4pm. For more information, please call 01702 385101
or email firstname.lastname@example.org