A NATIONAL charity for breast cancer patients with a welcoming Hampshire hub has appointed a new chief executive.

Sally Hall will now be at the helm of Breast Cancer Haven, which supports people living with the disease and their families from five locations around the UK, including Titchfield.

The announcement comes at an exciting time for the charity with a planned move to a new central London location in the autumn, allowing the charity to help more people than ever before.

Before pursuing a career as a freelance charity consultant, most recently for the The Priory of England and its charitable arm, St John Ambulance, Hall was the Chief Executive of Wessex Cancer Trust for eight years.

She said: “I am extremely excited to be taking on the role of CEO for this wonderful charity which has for the past 20 years delivered such vital services to people affected by breast cancer.

"I want to be part of taking the charity to another level where our services will be available to many more people around the country who desperately need our help.”

Professor Dudley Sinnett , Chair of Trustees at Breast Cancer Haven, added: “We are delighted that Sally is joining us. She will bring with her much valued experience and skills to the charity and I have no doubt that she will be totally committed to leading Breast Cancer Haven through the challenging, but exciting, times ahead.”

Hall takes up her new role this month, replacing the outgoing CEO Pamela Healy OBE, who is stepping down after nine years with the charity.

Breast Cancer Haven opened its doors in Titchfield in 2015, providing one to one therapy, counselling, groups, classes and workshops.

The national charity supports women throughout or after their breast cancer treatment with a free tailored package of emotional, physical and practical support.

Anyone can access the service with no geographical restrictions or need for a doctor's referral.

Other centres are in London, Hereford, Leeds and Solihull.