25 February 2014
A visitor looking at Macmillan information leaflets
Macmillan are investing over £87,000 in the new centre which is set to open in early April, offering advice, information and support for anyone concerned about or affected by cancer.
Building work has just begun - on 24 February - at Stafford Hospital. The centre will be by the main hospital entrance and will be staffed by a Macmillan Information and Support Manager and a team of trained volunteers who can provide information and emotional support to people in the community according to their needs.
Jackie Spencer will be the Information and Support Manager at the centre. She said: 'I'm looking forward to seeing the centre transformed into a lovely, welcoming space. We want to be able to help patients and their families understand their diagnosis and make informed choices about treatment and to be able talk to us about any worries and concerns.'
'As well as a wide range of information leaflets, we'll also be able to signpost visitors to local support services as well as financial and benefits help.'
What's more, Macmillan have commissioned work from a local artist to enhance the centre. Sam Yap, a local photography student in her third year at Staffordshire University, has been selected to provide a range of photographic art of picturesque Cannock Chase and the surrounding areas.
Marika Hills, Macmillan's Development Manager in Staffordshire, said: 'We're thrilled to be able to fund the new centre. It's been designed with input from patients and carers to ensure it will really meet the needs of those who require support. Having the right information and support at the right time is of vital importance to people affected by cancer and their families. The new centre will mean that people receiving treatment at Stafford Hospital have this support when they need it.'