BUILDERS swapped their trademark yellow hard hats for pink ones to mark the start of refurbishment at a cancer support centre.
Work started yesterday to transform The Haven in Wessex, which used to be a house, into a therapy centre for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives.
The charity had to raise £1.1m for the refurbishment works to be completed at the centre in The Square, Titchfield.
Chief executive Pam Healy said: ‘The start of the building works was a very important day.
‘It is also very exciting to see the work begin.
‘This area has 3,000 new diagnoses of breast cancer a year and this facility will be open to women and their families to offer support.’
The centre aims to be open by autumn and will have therapy rooms, bedrooms and all the other necessities to help women with breast cancer.
Community fundraiser Heidi Rehman added: ‘Yesterday was such an important and exciting day for us. It marks the start of a 30-week refurbishment for the centre which is a significant landmark.
‘It proves the amount of fundraising that has gone in from the committee to get to this point but also how much the community has got behind us.
‘This centre is going to help people with breast cancer in the south so it is a big, exciting step.
‘Lots of hard work has gone into it and is one step closer to making our dream a reality.’
With the start of the building works, the charity can look towards raising money for running costs.
In February, The Haven is asking people to have a tea party and send them pictures along with a donation.
The event runs between February 9 and February 16.
Appeal manager Lucy Cowie said: ‘Now we have reached the £1.1m to start and complete the building works, we can look to running costs.
‘We need around £800,000 for the first two years the centre is open.
‘We have about £500,000 of that to fill because we have forward pledging but it would be great to get that going.
‘Our next big event is the tea party and we are hoping people will take part in it.’
For more information visit thehaven.org.uk/