The new Macmillan Woodlands Centre

Every year, nearly 950 people in Huntingdonshire are diagnosed with cancer, and more than 5,200 people are living with and beyond cancer.

With more people surviving cancer, we need to do more to support them. Many people have side-effects from cancer and its treatment which can have a huge impact on their life, years after treatment ends.

That’s why we’re building a new Macmillan Garden Room at Hinchingbrooke Hospital – and we need your help.

The story so far

We’ve been working with Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS trust and local fundraisers since 2012 to improve cancer care for the community. Thanks to your ongoing support, we’ve successfully built the new Macmillan Woodlands centre, a state-of-the-art building where people can receive first-class cancer treatment. Now, we need to raise funds to support people to regain control of their life when treatment ends.

What’s next?

The new Macmillan Garden Room will provide a non-clinical space where people can access support services to help them feel well during and after their treatment.

Located in the courtyard of the Macmillan Woodlands Centre, the Garden Room will host activities that offer emotional and practical support. From meditation to make-up courses, patients and their loved ones can access a range of services to help them overcome the impact of cancer.

The new Macmillan Garden Room will:

  • provide a dedicated space for people affected by cancer to access support from diagnosis, during treatment and when living with the long-term impact of cancer
  • host survivorship activities such as yoga, meditation and circuit training
  • offer practical classes that support people affected by cancer to return to work
  • free up space in the old woodlands centre, where some classes are currently held, so the building can be refurbished to create additional consultation rooms
  • create a non-clinical environment that is comfortable and spacious for patients, their family, and friends, to visit at the hospital
  • optimise the quality of life of people living with and beyond cancer.

What do local people think?

Carol Croft was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and treated at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

‘Getting together with people who shared a similar experience was so important, both while I was going through treatment and for many years afterwards. The support groups I attended really helped me to manage my condition. I made some lifelong friends too!

‘The Macmillan Garden room will be a welcome addition to the Woodlands centre project. It will be great to have a dedicated area to access support groups and classes.’

Get involved

With your help, we can support people affected by cancer to live a happy, healthy and active life.

Call our Fundraising Support Centre on 0300 1000 200 or email fundraising@macmillan.org.uk to get involved and support the appeal.

Send a donation to the Macmillan Garden Room via the donation box above or send a cheque to Macmillan Woodlands Centre Appeal, Supporter Donations, 89 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7UQ.

Need some fundraising ideas? Visit our website for tips on how to plan your fundraising event.

Watch: Why improvements to the Macmillan Woodlands Centre are so important.

Watch: Why improvements to the Macmillan Woodlands Centre are so important.

Macmillan Cancer Support is proud to work in partnership with Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust to create the Macmillan Woodlands Centre.

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