Romsey Cancer Support Centre, Jane Scarth House, celebrated their first anniversary in their new centre at 37a The Hundred, Romsey in August.
A Butterfly Tea was held during the day and people dropped in to help us celebrate. Cllr Ian Carr, Test Valley Mayor and the Mayoress, Mrs Beryl Carr, as well as the Romsey Mayor, Dorothy Baverstock, visited and there was a steady flow of visitors throughout the day.
The new centre was renovated and an extension built in 2017 with the help of over 80 organisations and individuals who gave their time, skills and materials free of charge. The past year has been very busy with client numbers steadily increasing as more people become aware of the free services offered to anyone dealing with a cancer diagnosis, whether it is the patient or a family member. A new service of extended opening hours to 6.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays every other week for those who work full time to enable them to access our services is being trialled at the moment.
The Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage techniques therapy is proving very popular with those who experience Lymphoedema, swelling of the arm or leg following surgery, and these therapy hours have also been extended to take account of the increase in demand. The Centre continues to be well supported by our charity shop, Jane’s, who gratefully receive a large number of donations.
The public like to know that any profit from the shop comes direct to the support centre. The majority of those who run Jane Scarth House and Jane’s are volunteers. The Centre is also supported by those who raise funds through events they organise. An exceptional example of this was that this year a group walked the South Down Way, 102 miles in 5 days, and raised over £10,000; a huge achievement and one which will make a real difference to those who need our support.
We look forward to consolidating our services in 2019 and possibly extending them to ensure that anyone who is dealing with cancer is supported in the best possible way.