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Guest blog: Wessex Cancer Trust, Bournemouth - “It’s key people leave us feeling better”


Guest blog: Wessex Cancer Trust, Bournemouth - “It’s key people leave us feeling better”


Every year around 23,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the Wessex area. A diagnosis can be a shock and have a huge impact on the entire family. That’s why Wessex Cancer Trust is committed to providing free emotional and practical support for anyone affected by cancer at its five support centres, one of which is in Bournemouth.

Befriending, counselling, support groups and complementary therapies – such as aromatherapy, yoga, reflexology and Reiki are available for patients and their families. Children are welcome, as well as adults of any age, with any type of cancer and at any stage. Visitors can also find out more information about cancer and speak to others going through a similar journey.

Elizabeth Lazell began visiting the Bournemouth cancer Support Centre after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She says:

“I think I probably did the typical thing of putting a brave face on it and protecting those around me, but inside I felt emotionally, as well as physically, damaged. Wessex Cancer Trust was there for me. As soon as I walked into the Support Centre it made me cry with relief. It was comforting, kind and gentle. The light is wonderful and the layout makes you feel so calm. I talked with the Centre manager, Emma, as well as befrienders and others who were living with cancer. I had acupuncture and counselling. Some of the most valuable times for me were just sitting and having a cup of tea with others in the centre. The centre is empathetic about the emotional impacts of cancer and really helps people to feel they’re not alone.”   

Other client says:

“In October 2017 I was told I had months to live. I’d been diagnosed with a very rare type of blood cancer which affects just 2,500 people in the UK every year.  I was told there was no cure and felt shocked, confused and overwhelmed with fear. Because of the rarity of the disease, I also felt incredibly alone. As soon as I stepped into the Bournemouth Support Centre I knew I could offload and share my darkest feelings – things I couldn’t say to family members or friends for fear of worrying them, and that I would be listened to without judgement.  Miraculously, at one of my regular check-ups, I was told I was getting better. Coming face-to-face with death has, of course, changed me. I couldn’t have gotten through it without Wessex Cancer Trust. The support they provide is incredible and I’d go as far to say it’s an essential service. I’ve been told my cancer may come back, but I’ve made a decision to stay positive and keep relying on Wessex Cancer Trust. There’s nothing quite like them and I’m incredibly relieved and grateful they’re still besides me on my journey.”  

The centre manager, Emma Ormrod, says it’s key that people leave the centre feeling better:

“We feel passionately that the Centre should be a haven for anyone living with cancer, where our clients can be themselves without the filtering we sometimes do around our family and friends. Our trained befrienders offer a sympathetic, non-judgemental ear to anyone going through what can be a particularly difficult time of their lives. ”  

The centre is open Monday - Thursday between 10am and 4pm, and can be found at Fairview House, 17 Hinton Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2EE.

Telephone: 01202 315824

Email: bournemouth.centre@wessexcancer.org.uk 


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