Isle of Wight

Brand new support centre for Isle of Wight cancer patients opens

RADIO Solent’s Tim Daykin  visited the Isle of Wight on Friday, 5 July, to open Wessex Cancer Trust’s brand new Cancer Support Centre in Lugley Street, Newport.

Cancer patients on the island are set to benefit from the centre which offers professional and confidential counselling, befriending and complementary therapies such as massage and reflexology, all free of charge to cancer patients, their families and carers.  Located in the heart of the community, this is the fifth such centre the Trust has opened, offering an oasis of calm and support to people who are coping with a very difficult time in their lives.

The Lugley Street centre will initially open three days a week, 10am – 4pm, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

More volunteers are needed, especially befrienders, who offer a warm welcome and an emotional support to people and families living with cancer.  All staff are given thorough and on-going training in listening and responding skills and are fully aware of the need for complete confidentiality.

To become involved in this new venture, please either drop in and speak to the centre manager, Lynda Blenkinsop or contact Claire Tuckett, Head of Volunteer Development, Wessex Cancer Trust on 023 8067 2200 or e-mail volunteer@