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King's Lynn Centre celebrates 2nd Birthday

As our Big C Centre in Kings Lynn lights the candles on the second birthday cake next week it has more to celebrate than just its second year of providing advice and support at the Norfolk Street drop-in centre. Visitor numbers have almost doubled in its second year and the centre has proved to be a much needed resource for cancer patients and their families.

It has also provided nearly 500 hours of (specialist) counselling and complementary therapies for those affected by cancer. In fact, month by month visitor numbers are increasing as word has spread. “The centre has been innovative and relevant in the services it offers to all different ages” said centre manager Tonia King.
Earlier this year it began offering family therapy counselling providing specialist help and advice to a group who are often overlooked. The centre is also home for the new Kingsmen Prostate Cancer support group, providing men with an opportunity to discuss their experiences and share advice on how to deal with side-effects of treatment, on the first Wednesday of every month.

Another positive benefit of this group is that their wives or partners have taken the opportunity to visit the centre where they have received the support they need for themselves and their families.
“It seems a long time since local volunteers and community groups helped by painting and decorating the centre to get us up and running,” said Tonia. “It was such a team effort.”

The special thing about working in the centre is meeting a diverse range of individuals with such varying needs, it is a privilege to be involved in their journey and provide the level of support that we do. We see truly incredible people.

“One of our service users Annabella, first visited the centre following her diagnosis of breast cancer. She said, ““I was terrified by the thought of chemotherapy and its side effects and was concerned of the effect of my hair loss on my 13 year-old-son and how he would cope should I loose my hair. It was one of the most worrying and difficult parts of having the illness.”

“Cancer can be such a lonely time, especially as most of my family lives overseas. Friendship is very important. The Big C centre was such a comfort. I don’t think I would still be here if it wasn’t for a special friend and Big C. I visited the centre at least once a week to talk to people, receive support, laugh as well as cry. The Ask the Nurse service was invaluable for answering my questions about medication and its side effects. We also used the Family Therapy to help my three children overcome their fears about my illness,” she said.

People are invited to come and find out more about the centre at the second birthday party between 1-3pm on Monday October 26, where KLFM 967 presenter Simon Rowe will light the candles.

Find out more information about the Kings Lynn Centre HERE

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