BREAST cancer patients will soon be able to get additional support as a regional centre is set to open.
National breast cancer charity, The Haven, has secured a grade-II listed property in The Square, Titchfield.
It will become the charity’s fourth centre, and is due to open at the end of this year, or beginning of 2015.
The Haven team work closely with NHS partners to give more than medical treatment, to help patients and their families cope with the wider impact of breast cancer.
It will provide free services, including nutritional and financial advice, to counselling, exercise and complementary therapies.
One-on-one support is also provided by trained staff from the charity.
Fareham MP Mark Hoban visited the site yesterday.
He said: ‘I think it’s a great idea.
‘We have excellent cancer services at our hospital, but support after treatment is also important.
‘This site will cover a huge area, from the Isle of Wight, to Chichester, and beyond, and I think that’s because of the transport links.
‘And it’s also because this area is really peaceful.
‘I think it will be supported well.’
To cover the costs of buying, refurbishing, and converting the building into the centre, The Haven’s Wessex team has to hit the fundraising target of £2.5m.
The sum of money will also provide initial running costs for the first two years,
So far more than £800,000 has been raised through a series of events, challenges, grants from trusts and foundations, and major donations.
Pamela Healy, chief executive for The Haven, said: ‘Following detailed research on population density, breast cancer diagnosis and current service provision, we have chosen to open our new Haven in Wessex.
‘This is because the region has one of the highest rates of breast cancer in the UK.’
According to the charity, in 2011, there were 480 people in the Portsmouth area, with breast cancer.
And the Wessex region was five per cent higher than the national figure.
To find out more, visit thehaven.org.uk