26 March 2014
The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Mr Peter Field, centre, officially cuts the turf to mark the start of building.
The transformation of cancer support in Sussex has taken a step forward with a turf-cutting ceremony to mark the start of work on a new £5.96 million centre.
Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Mr Peter Field, and two people who've been affected by cancer, Della Lamden and Margaret Ticehurst, took centre stage at the event in Brighton to celebrate the beginning of building work on 18 March 2014.
They were joined by senior representatives from the three organisations that are partners in the project: Macmillan Cancer Support, Sussex Cancer Fund and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Expertly designed with input from people affected by cancer, the Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support Centre will uniquely offer all-round support for people living with cancer and their loved ones in a calm, friendly and non-medical environment. It is being built opposite the Sussex Cancer Centre – where patients have their treatment – at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, and is expected to open in Summer 2015.
'It’s often the case that you can feel desperately isolated and alone after treatment or sometimes you are in need of all-round support for years to come,' said Dr Fran Woodard, Macmillan's Director for England. 'This new support centre will offer everyone that place to turn to, when they need it most. Although the centre is in Brighton, it's important for the whole of Sussex. We know that this centre will be the catalyst for linking up existing cancer information and support sources across the county.'
The Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support Centre will provide:
- specialist cancer information and advice
- welfare benefits advice
- counselling services
- complementary therapies and physical activity support
- hair and skincare advice
- practical support and dietary advice
- a space for self help and support groups
The centre will also link up existing information and support services across Sussex to ensure that cancer patients, families, carers and friends in the county can find the support they need, at the time they need it most.
The total cost of the centre and staff will be £5.96 million. Macmillan needs your help now to raise £1.27 million. Please donate today or call 0300 1000 200 to get involved.