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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will today (Wednesday) meet people affected by cancer, volunteers, supporters and cancer professionals at The Bracken Trust, an award winning cancer support centre in Llandrindod Wells, Powys. The visit will also include a tour of the new Macmillan Cancer Information and Support centre located within The Bracken Trust.
The Bracken Trust, established over 15 years ago, returned to its premises in Cefnllys Lane in April 2010, following a £400,000 extension and refurbishment funded by Macmillan. The improvements to the centre are part of a £1m investment by Macmillan to improve cancer support services in the county.
Macmillan has funded a purpose-built Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre at The Bracken Trust, an extension to the Bracken Trust Cancer Support Centre and a Macmillan Cancer Information Coordinator who is also based at the centre.
The new extension houses new therapy and counselling rooms and a state-of-the-art lymphodoema room. People can also access holistic therapies such as acupuncture; aromatherapy and reflexology at The Bracken Trust and receive support from nurses, professionally trained counsellors and nutritional therapist.
The royal visit is being supported by the Lord-Lieutenant of Powys, Mrs Shân Legge-Bourke.
Cath Lindley, General Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in Wales, said:
'We are delighted that Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are visiting the Bracken Trust and the Macmillan Cancer Information Centre and will be able to see the facilities for people affected by cancer in Powys. The new services mean that patients and their families can access good quality information and support closer to home without having to travel such long distances.'
'On behalf of the patients, volunteers, Trustees, staff and supporters of The Bracken Trust Cancer Support Centre, we are absolutely delighted to receive a visit by The Prince and The Duchess.
'We see the visit as recognition of the care and support which has been provided by volunteers and staff over the last fifteen years by The Bracken Trust to a large number of patients.'
'We are delighted to receive such a prestigious award. The independent adjudicators congratulated us on achieving the highest possible score against each of the four domains within the assessment process. They went on to praise The Bracken Trust’s commitment to providing care in a physical environment designed to promote the health and well-being of its users, relatives and staff. This was supported by user feedback to them, which confirmed that The Bracken Trust is seen as an essential community service and a much needed lifeline for many patients.'
'We are very pleased today to be presenting The Bracken Trust with the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark, which recognises the excellent facilities and high quality services that are provided to local people. Congratulations to The Bracken Trust on winning this award!'
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