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Helen Rollason Cancer Charity needs to find a new home

A cancer charity’s support centre at Herts and Essex Community Hospital in Bishop’s Stortford has been asked to move out.

The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity moved its Hertfordshire centre to the Haymeads Lane hospital in June 2017 after eight years at the privately-owned Rivers Hospital in Sawbridgeworth.

Over the past decade, the charity has supported people who have cancer, as well as their families, by giving them access to services such as aromatherapy, reflexology and counselling. Manual lymphatic drainage is also available for lymphoedema patients.

These services are all provided free of charge; some patients make contributions, but not all are in a position to do this. The charity receives no funding from the NHS, so it relies on donations to run, but thankfully, the centre is well supported locally.

The team at the Stortford centre were told last Thursday that they needed to find a new home as the hospital, which is managed by the Harlow-based Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, needs the space to expand its own services.

Pat Hume, the charity’s development manager, said: “We currently offer support to over 150 people in the local community. As a reflection of the increase in cancer diagnosis today, the demand on our services is ever increasing.”

The charity desperately wants to remain in the local area. Ideally, the team needs to find a place that can offer them four or five rooms each day, from Monday to Friday, with parking or easy access to parking nearby.

Email pat.hume@helenrollason.org.uk or call 01245 380719 to help.

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