Milestone work begins on new Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support Centre

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 former cancer patients, Della Lamden and Margaret Ticehurst took centre stage at the event in Brighton to celebrate the beginning of building work yesterday, Tuesday 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 by David Morley Architects, 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.Dr Fran Woodard, Director for England, Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “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. This new supportcentre will offer everyone that place to turn, when they need it most. Although the centre is in Brighton, I want to emphasise how important it is 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. 

 

David Morley Architects said “We are delighted that work has started on the Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support Centre. We are working hard with Macmillan to make the most of a fantastic site and create a calm, friendly and welcoming environment which will offer all round support for people affected by cancer.”