30 June 2011
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.'
Reg Cawthorne, Chairman of the Bracken Trust, said:
'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.'
The Royal visit takes place on the day Macmillan presents The Bracken Trust with its prestigious Macmillan Quality Environment Mark – only the third to be awarded in Wales. The MQEM award is a quality framework used for assessing whether cancer care environments meet the standards required by people living with cancer.
Reg Cawthorne added:
'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.'
Cath Lindley added:
'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!'
The Prince and The Duchess will visit The Bracken Trust on June 29. There is a Royal Rota media facility in place for the visit.
For further information please contact:
Rebecca Lees, Communications Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support on 01656 987969/07812 675901 or firstname.lastname@example.org
on Mondays, Tuesdays and 10.30am-2.30pm on Wednesdays.
Notes to editors:
About The Bracken Trust:
The Bracken Trust was established over fifteen years ago and provides support for patients, their carers and their families. The vision of The Bracken Trust is of a holistic approach to cancer, uniting orthodox medical care and complementary therapies with self-help techniques. The Bracken Trust was formed in 1995 by Beryl Lichtenstein, a Nursing Sister, herself a cancer patient, Grace Lawrence, a Macmillan Nurse and Hans Lichtenstein, a local GP, all of whom were retired and had been working in the community, who realised the need for a cancer support centre in Llandrindod Wells. Since that time, we have supported many patients, carers and the bereaved and currently support 190 patients. You can contact The Bracken Trust at: email@example.com
About Macmillan Cancer Support:
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. One in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with and beyond cancer. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help. www.macmillan.org.uk
About the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark (MQEM):
The Macmillan Quality Environment Mark (MQEM) is a detailed quality framework used for assessing whether cancer care environments meet the standards required by people living with cancer. It is the first assessment tool of its kind in the UK. The MQEM standards were developed in collaboration with over 400 people living with cancer and with numerous stakeholders, including the Department of Health. The formal assessment is a rigorous process undertaken by a third party organisation of professional assessors with broad experience in healthcare. The Bracken Trust is only the third centre in Wales and the first in mid Wales to be awarded the MQEM.