EDP Norfolk - - THE MARDLER -

Can­cer char­ity Big C is ask­ing the peo­ple of Nor­folk to help raise £500,000 to build a state-of-the-art can­cer sup­port cen­tre in the heart of the com­mu­nity. The char­ity has launched the Nearer to Home Ap­peal to build a new Big C cen­tre in Dere­ham Road, Nor­wich.

The new fa­cil­ity will com­ple­ment the char­ity’s ex­ist­ing acute sup­port cen­tre in the grounds of the Nor­folk and Nor­wich Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal (NNUH) and of­fer can­cer care and sup­port closer to where peo­ple live in a wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment away from the hos­pi­tal.

Some new fea­tures of the Big C cen­tre will in­clude a bright space for gen­tle exercise classes, a work­shop kitchen to en­able food and nu­tri­tion demon­stra­tions, a light and calm cen­tral seat­ing area, pri­vate rooms for one-to-one coun­selling and a sen­sory well­be­ing gar­den.

Dr Chris Bushby, chief ex­ec­u­tive at Big C says: “For the past 13 years our ex­pert team at our NNUH cen­tre has pro­vided a bedrock of sup­port, in­for­ma­tion, well-be­ing ther­a­pies, tea, bis­cuits and a com­fort­ing ear to many thou­sands of Nor­folk peo­ple af­fected by can­cer, of­ten when they are at­tend­ing hos­pi­tal ap­point­ments, or dur­ing treat­ment. In ad­di­tion to this, there is a cru­cial need to now pro­vide the same level of sup­port for those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing can­cer and all who sur­round them, nearer to where they live in the com­mu­nity.” Do­nate on­line at near­erto­ or do­nate £10 by tex­ting BIGC to 70191.

A plan of how the new BIG C cen­tre in Nor­wich will look

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