11 May 2015
From left: Cancer patient Ian Cockerham; Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Chief Executive Julian Hartley; centre manager Marion Darlow and Macmillan’s Steve Edwards at the centre relaunch
A centre in Leeds offering support to people affected by cancer is celebrating a major revamp.
The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre at St James’s University Hospital has been fully refurbished thanks to £260,000 funding from Macmillan.
Work has resulted in a new quiet room to be used for one-to-one counselling and a larger space created where cancer support groups can meet or support sessions, such as yoga classes, can take place. Cancer information areas and a salon for patients experiencing hair loss have been improved while the centre has been redecorated throughout and new furniture installed.
The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre provides a range of cancer information and support services, including emotional support, complementary therapies, hair loss support and financial advice. People can also just drop in for a chat, a listening ear or just some quiet time.
Over the past 12 months, the centre, which is operated by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, has helped more than 4,000 people. A team of centre staff is helped by 80 volunteers to deliver services.
Steve Edwards, from Macmillan Cancer Support, said: 'Over the years, the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre has provided an invaluable source of support, ensuring local people don't have to face cancer alone. The refurbished centre looks fantastic and continues to provide a peaceful environment for people seeking support.'
The centre, which originally opened in 2000, was made possible following an £850,000 donation from Yorkshire-based businessman Sir Robert Ogden.
Julian Hartley, Chief Executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: 'I'd like to thank Macmillan and Sir Robert Ogden for their fantastic support of the centre. Macmillan are one of our key partners and provide a great amount of support for many of our cancer patients. I know patient care will improve as a result of this refurbishment, which is fantastic.'
The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre at St James's is based behind the Thackray Museum. No appointment is necessary and all services are free of charge. For further information, call the centre on 0113 2066498 or email firstname.lastname@example.org