Telephone Support Line 0800 092 7640

Available Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm

Telephone Support Line 0800 092 7640

Available Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm

Telephone Support Line 0800 092 7640

Available Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm

You may wish to fundraise yourself, with family and friends or within your local group. Whatever the idea, be it large or small, we know you will have a great time raising vital funds for Big C.

Did you know we have 12 charity shops across Norfolk including a dedicated Craft Supplies Shop, Furniture Emporium, Bridal and a high-end fashion Boutique? We are always looking for high quality donations.


We are always looking for volunteers including in our Support Centres, shops and at our Fundraising events. Volunteering is a great way to spend some free time, meet new people, and gain experience.

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Demi’s Palliative Care Blog: What is Palliative Care?

Demi’s Palliative Care Blog: What is Palliative Care?

What is Palliative Care?

With Demi Brooks

As the Palliative Care Education Coordinator for Big C I feel privileged to be educating others and ultimately improving palliative and end of life care for people within Norfolk and Waveney.

In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, I thought it would be helpful to start a series of blogs to give you information on some of the current issues that maybe worrying you and your loved ones around palliative and end of life care. 

Over the upcoming weeks I will be covering a range of blogs covering topics important to you.

This week, I want to discuss palliative care. 

Some of you reading this may be receiving palliative care or have friends or family receiving palliative care,  but may not fully understand what palliative care entails.

Often palliative care is associated with phases such as dying, end of life, not long left, ‘there’s nothing that can be done for me’.  That is not the case.

Palliative care is an approach used to improve quality of life for patients and their families who are facing the problems associated with a life-threatening illness or an illness cannot be recovered from and this type of care can last for years.

Within palliative care, care professionals aim to improve quality of life through prevention and relief of suffering by using a range of holistic treatments including pain and symptom relief, physical, psycho-social and spiritual support for the patients and their loved ones. 

The aim of palliative care is to support an individual to live their life and achieve their goals. This can be anything from going to work, going to the pub for a pint with mates, or doing a skydive. 

You still have a life that you can live with the right support. Palliative care just means professionals may have to find a way to support you to achieve your goals.

I am very passionate about palliative care through my professional role and from a personal experience. Good palliative care enabled someone close to me, to still be able to get out and ride his bike, to see family and live his life in full to the end.

Early identification and discussions with loved ones and professionals can really make a difference in this initially difficult period.

At the moment, a lot of people may be worried about palliative care and COVID -19. This may be difficult due to isolation, you may feel alone, your hospital appointments may be taking a different format, life has changed temporarily. 

Remember to follow government guidance; if you are vulnerable and self-isolating make sure to:

  • Have food and medicines delivered – Big C is happy to help with this.
  • Stay in touch with friends and loved ones
  • Contact Big C’s telephone and online support, we can talk to you, discuss your concerns and help, we are here to support you and we can get through this together, the most important thing is to stay safe and look after yourself and your loved ones.

In light of the current situation you may also want to start talking with loved ones and having a think about what you or your nearest and dearest may want.

‘If you haven’t already, do have these conversation, the conversations about future wishes. It’s something to start thinking and talking about’

In my blog next week, I will cover more about the importance of having these conversations.

Take care and stay safe.

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Find out how Big C can support you and your family if you’ve been affected by cancer.

We can help to improve your quality of life, physical health, and mental wellbeing.

Some people take to the skies, run, jump, walk, swim and cycle whilst others make tea, bake cakes or shave heads.

What will you do to make a difference?

Two men from Norfolk who found themselves with cancer and having to travel for treatment, vowed local people would have access to the best treatment and support … and in 1980 the Big C Appeal was formed.