Gosport cancer centre marks a decade of support

JOY Harbour Cancer Support Centre celebrates 10 years. Front, Gosport mayor Chris Carter with mayoress June Carter and centre director Melanie Whitfield-Tinkler.     Picture: Paul Jacobs (112216-1)
JOY Harbour Cancer Support Centre celebrates 10 years. Front, Gosport mayor Chris Carter with mayoress June Carter and centre director Melanie Whitfield-Tinkler. Picture: Paul Jacobs (112216-1)

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FOR 10 years the Harbour Cancer Support Centre has cared for those who suffer from the disease.

But staff say it is only just the beginning, with dozens of fundraising events already planned for the year ahead.

The charity, based in South Street, Gosport, celebrated a decade of hard work with a party for people who have used the service in the past and present.

Manager Melanie Whitfield-Tinkler said: ‘It’s been hard work over the last 10 years but fun.

‘When we first opened we used to sit around all day with nobody walking through the door.

‘Now we don’t go 10 minutes without the phone ringing – it’s great.

‘We’ve had our rough period but thankfully we are past that now and we are looking forward to the year ahead.

‘We listen to what our clients need and that is why we have been so successful. We are a very small team but we are very committed.’

The support centre costs around £70,000 to run each year.

Jan Hughes, 63, of Kingsmead Avenue, Stubbington, started visiting the centre after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in June last year.

She said: ‘I didn’t know about this place until someone told me about it. You feel like you are not alone here.’

CELEBRATIONS

· July 30, 2011 – RAOB charity fun day at Walpole Park, Gosport. From 10.30am to 5pm.

· August 6, 2011 – A summer barbecue at Gosport Rugby Club.

· September 5, 2011 – Wine and cheese evening at G’s Wine Bar in Gosport’s Royal Clarence Marina. From 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

· September 24, 2011 – Alverstoke Michaelmas Fair from 1pm to 5pm.

· October 28, 2011 – Fireworks evening at the Harbour Cancer Support Centre in South Street. From 6.30pm to 9pm.

· October 29 and 30, 2011 – Fundraisers will be taking part in the Great South Run.

· November 15, 2011 – Thanksgiving service at Holy Trinity Church, Gosport. From 6.30pm to 8pm.

· May 19, 2012 – Black tie ball at the Solent Hotel in Whiteley.