East Surrey Macmillan Cancer Support Centre

Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face. In 2013 around 2,000 people in the area served by Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust were diagnosed or had a recurrence of the disease. Thank you for helping to build the East Surrey Macmillan Cancer Support Centre.

The total number of people in East Surrey and West Sussex living with or beyond cancer is set to almost double by 2030. But they don’t have to go through it alone.

We want to build a state-of-the art information and support centre for people affected by cancer in the local area  – and we need your help.

Working in partnership with Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, we want to build the East Surrey Macmillan Cancer Support Centre, the first dedicated centre of its kind locally. To make the centre a reality we need to raise £1.5 million and we need to take action now to raise these vital funds.

The New Centre will:

  • Be a significant step forward in meeting the rising demand for cancer services locally – at diagnosis, during and after treatment. It will be used by thousands of families in the local area.
  • Create space where patients, their families and friends can find a wide range of information and support services under one roof – and get answers to their questions from expert staff and volunteers in a relaxing, non-clinical environment, away from  busy wards and  waiting rooms.
  • Offer emotional support and complementary therapies such as aromatherapy, Reiki and reflexology, counselling, support groups and nutritional advice. Many of the services will be provided by The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre, whose staff already provide high-quality non medical support in Crawley.

Text BUILD to 70550 to donate £3 to the East Surrey Macmillan Cancer Support Centre.

Texts cost £3 plus standard network rate. Obtain billpayer's permission. Age 16+ UK mobiles only. Macmillan receives 100% of every £1 donated this way. We'd like to contact you by SMS to tell you more about our work. To opt out, text NOCALL to 70550. Macmillan Cancer Support, a registered charity in England & Wales (261017), Scotland (SC039907) and the Isle of Man (604). Full T&Cs at http://goo.gl/uMS4AL or contact 0300 1000 200.

We're raising funds for the East Surrey Macmillan Cancer Support Centre at East Surrey Hospital. There's a small chance we'll raise more than we need for this project, and if this happens then your gift will be used to provide much needed help and support to people affected by cancer in the East Surrey and West Sussex area.

Latest news

For the latest news and updates from East Surrey Macmillan Cancer Support Centre, visit our brand new website Macmillan Builds.

Gill's story

"We need local support"

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.