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Centre opens for cancer patients

A new charity centre has been opened to offer even more support to cancer patients.

The centre, at Guildford’s Royal Surrey County Hospital, was opened by outgoing mayor Cllr Terence Patrick at the beginning of May.

Mr Patrick had raised money for the Fountain Centre during his year in office. It is the second of its kind to open in the hospital.

The centre, situated on Level A of the St Luke’s Cancer Centre, will offer counselling, information, complementary therapies and other support to cancer patients.

Cllr Patrick said: “I am delighted the Mayor of Guildford’s Charity Ball raised so much for my mayoral charity, the Fountain Centre.

“The money raised will go a long way to ensure the continuance of the excellent work the Fountain Centre does for cancer sufferers and their families.”

Gail Maguire, manager at the charity, said: “The Fountain Centre will now be able to help even more people living with cancer.

“We are grateful to the mayor for his commitment to helping us during his busy year and we are pleased he was able to round off his time in office by opening the new centre for us.”

The centre includes a reception area, a waiting area and two new therapy rooms. It is run by volunteers and aims to be a haven where patients and their families can talk about their fears and anxieties.

The therapies on offer aim to help patients with problems such as anticipatory nausea and anxiety, as well as post-treatment side effects.


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