A VITAL breast cancer support centre has celebrated a successful first year of operations in which it provided thousands of hours of help.
Breast Cancer Haven in The Square, Titchfield reached the landmark achievement last month.
In its first year, the centre has provided 2,681 hours of free therapies to 264 service users.
To mark the milestone, a tea party for all the people that have supported the centre over the past 12 months was held on October 26.
Marian Parfitt, Breast Cancer Haven Macmillan manager said: ‘The opening of a centre in the Wessex region, where 3,000 people are diagnosed yearly, has been a great success.
‘The service we provide has been invaluable and we have seen service users travel from the local areas as well as farther afield including Dorset, the Isle of Wight and Sussex.’
The centre provides a wide range of therapies to those that are dealing with the both the physical and emotional side effects of breast cancer and its treatments. It costs around £1,500 to provide the centre’s programme for each service user.
The therapies provided include acupuncture, aromatherapy and massages along with emotional, nutritional and financial counselling.
Ms Barfitt added: ‘The therapies provided have helped reduce the unpleasant side effects experienced by breast cancer patients, making a big difference to their quality of life.’
Nina Barough CBE, the founder of Walk the Walk, a grant-making breast cancer charity that provided a £70,000 donation during the initial capital appeal for the centre, was also in attendance.
Breast Cancer Haven is one of only five in the country, with the sixth due to open in Solihull, West Midlands next October.
The Titchfield Haven opened in a Grade-II listed building last October after five months of construction.
It contains three therapy rooms as well as a living space and a centrepiece garden designed by award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show designer Sarah Eberle.
For more information, go to thehaven.org.uk.