Gill Burch (53) from Redhill was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. She had a course of six chemotherapy treatments and became increasingly exhausted. When first diagnosed, she visited The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre in Crawley, close to where she worked.
Gill had hoped she would be able to get massage for pain she was experiencing: ‘My legs have been really awful, and after the second chemo I had the most awful pain in my back. Massage just makes you feel better.’
But as the chemotherapy progressed, she wasn’t up to travelling: ‘Crawley suddenly seemed a very long way to drive. Because I have diabetes as well, my eyes have gone a bit funny and I don’t quite trust myself driving. The chemo means I can’t walk any distance. If there had been a centre at Redhill, someone could have dropped me off and picked me up – it would have been so much more convenient. But going to Crawley is about an hour’s round trip.’
Watch our short film about Gill and how a Macmillan Cancer Support Centre in East Surrey could make all the difference to her and many others throughout their cancer treatment.