Wessex Cancer Trust has today (Thursday) launched an urgent appeal to create a new Cancer
Wellbeing Centre on the Isle of Wight.
This year, the charity needs to raise £100,000 so it can continue to provide practical and
emotional support for thousands of Islanders affected by cancer.
The charity has been forced to find a new home following the redevelopment of its lease
building in Lugley Street, Newport, and the new centre – which will be created in an adjoining
building – requires extensive renovation.
By raising £100,000, through its ‘Building for the Future’ appeal, the charity will be able to create
a purpose-built community hub from which it can continue to provide services such as professional counselling, drop-in sessions and complementary therapies.
Plans for the new centre include the creation of three new treatment rooms, a quiet befriending
area, a community area for groups to meet, as well as more flexible space to host new classes
Wessex Cancer Trust’s CEO, Cait Allen, said: “A diagnosis is devastating to a person but also
their family and friends. Our Cancer Wellbeing Centre in Newport is a place where anyone can
go and get some help. Whether that’s advice on how to pay the bills, professional counselling,
or relaxing therapies, there is a listening ear for anyone who needs it. We hope the community will come out and support the appeal to help us create a wonderful new space for people affected by cancer.”
The charity is urging Islanders to get behind the cause by raising money however they can –
from making a donation online to fundraising in their local communities and volunteering.
The Island branch has also announced its first major fundraiser – the Brick by Brick Challenge,
inviting 50 businesses, community groups, schools or individuals to raise at least £500 for the
cause. All those that hit the target will have their name printed on a brick in the new centre and
the organisation that raises the most will be invited to open it.
Wessex Cancer Trust will also host a number of fundraising events throughout the year.
Updates on the appeal and fundraisers will be posted on the Wessex Cancer Trust appeal
page, in the press, on social media and in the charity’s IW events leaflet.
Centre user Tori Coles, who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 26, said: “On the Island
you’re cut off from so many support services but Wessex has helped me throughout. Wessex
Cancer Trust helped put me back together again. A new Island Wellbeing Centre would ensure
cancer patients and their families can continue to access support services on their doorstep, in
a place that’s warm and welcoming – and that is so important.”
If you think you can help, or you’d like to take part in the Brick by Brick Challenge, e-mail