£1.7m appeal to open The Haven centre for breast cancer sufferers in Titchfield

Sally Orr, Pamela Healy, Mark Hoban and Claire Morgan outside The Haven

Sally Orr, Pamela Healy, Mark Hoban and Claire Morgan outside The Haven

First published in Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

BOSSES of a new Hampshire centre that will support women living with the effects of breast cancer have appealed for help from Daily Echo readers.

Before The Haven starts offering vital therapies and counselling to breast cancer sufferers, the charity needs to raise £1.7million to refurbish it and get it up and running – a campaign backed by the Daily Echo.

Based in The Square, Titchfield, the new centre will offer free one-to-one specialist care for both women and men at any point of their breast cancer journey.

It is hoped the Haven in Hampshire will be open early next year but charity bosses are appealing to Daily Echo readers to get fundraising to make that dream a reality.

Pamela Healy, chief executive of the charity, said: “We are very excited to be here. The Haven in Wessex a year ago seemed like a dream but now it is becoming a reality.

“We really hope Daily Echo readers will get behind our campaign because the sooner we raise the money, the sooner we can open and help thousands of women across the region. Every penny raised here will be spent here.”

Mark Hoban, MP for Fareham, added: “One of the things that has struck me is that as soon as you walk through the door it immediately feels like a haven. There is that stillness and sense of relaxation that will be vital for women who have breast cancer.”

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