STAFF and volunteers at a new support centre for people affected by cancer say they have been amazed at the response in the first three months of the venture.
Since opening its doors in July, the number of people using Wessex Cancer Trust’s support centre, in Lugley Street, Newport, has trebled, with around 120 people using it in September.
The responses of people living with cancer and their friends and family has been matched by offers of support from businesses. The trust is now poised to open a nearly new store next door.
People using the service range from young children to those in their 90s.
It is staffed by a team including Julie Wright, a counsellor available three days a week, Julia Bailey, a Wessex cancer support co-ordinator, and Linda Bowes, a therapist professional counsellor, with therapist and volunteers trained to provide companionship and advice.
Complementary therapies are also offered free to those affected by cancer.
Open each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, between 10am and 4pm, the centre also contains leaflets and information, a small IT area and information about grants and travel assistance to mainland appointments and respite care.
Centre manager Lynda Blenkinsop said: "While there is ever-more effective medical treatment for those with cancer, our service aims to step in and provide a range of services to support that treatment."