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Haven for Wessex Appeal gets generous £100K donation
THE DREAM of opening a Hampshire haven for hundreds of women fighting breast cancer is a step closer to becoming a reality thanks to a generous cash boost.
The Haven for Wessex Appeal – which aims to create a sanctuary for patients where they can escape to during their battle with the disease – can now realistically think about buying a property ready to transform it into a place for relaxation and support.
A generous £100,000 donation from the Barker-Mill Foundation has seen the charity reach the £600,000 mark of the £2.5m appeal.
Now they are urging other fundraisers to jump into action and raise vital funds to secure the charity’s ideal location for the centre.
With 2,700 people undergoing treatment in the Wessex region and no exclusive support charities for breast cancer in the area, the appeal team is passionate about securing a Haven centre where it can make most difference.
Lucy Hone, from the appeal, said: “The trust has understood our mission and passion for our work and their grant has helped lever funds from other organisations, local people, and trust and grant-making bodies.
“In taking the time to learn of our work, and by involving themselves in the early stages of this important project, they have shown that they really do seek to help people affected by breast cancer in the region.”
The planned centre will help around 325 people a year, with most of those expected to come from Southampton and Portsmouth, offering a range of therapies including counselling, acupuncture and nutrition free of charge.
To thank the Foundation for its generosity to the appeal, a room in the new building will be names The Barker-Mill Room.
Tim Jobling, a trustee of the Barker-Mill Foundation, added: “We are thrilled to be helping an appeal that is campaigning for such an important and personal service to the community.”
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