Setting up home in Barrow
It only seems like yesterday that we were submitting our bid to the Sir John Fisher Foundation to fund a research project into the need for community based cancer support services in Barrow.
And here we are, 12 months later, with full time Development Officer Rachel Minshull in post, an office base set up in Stafford House, new sessional Therapists recruited and accepting our first client referals!
It's truly amazing to see how far we've come in such a short space of time, made possible only by the overwhelming support we've had from the local Barrow community and of course, some hard graft!
One of Rachel's first missions as been to find local rooms to hire to deliver our therapy sessions in and the response to our plea on Facebook was fantastic, with many offers of help received.
Within just a few weeks, we had moved into a room at Hindpool Community Centre, thanks to Furness Carers, ready to welcome clients along for weekly Counselling sessions.
We also found the perfect room at the Trinity Church Centre on Abbey Road suitable for delivering our massaage therapies - but it needed a small makeover first!
Rachel got to work and with a lick of paint (kindly donated by B & Q) , a set of new curtains (made by Rachel's mum) finished off with a few homeware accesories, the room has been transformed into an oasis of calm and tranquility! It also smells fantastic with all the lovely Aromatherapy scents.
We've already had lots of excited visitors at the Church popping in to see the room and also taking the opportunity to learn more about CancerCare's support.
And - this is the biggie - we welcomed our first ever client last week, who told our therapist that she went away from her session feeling more relaxed than she had done for a while. We are absolutely thrilled to hear this news and feel like a celebration is in order!
That's why we've decided to hold an official launch event at the Church to coincide with our first ever Coffee Morning fundraiser on Friday 28th April, where we will also be joined by Mayor, Councillor Anita Husband and her Consort, Councillor Colin Thomson. There will be lots of tea, coffee, and fabulous home made cakes on offer plus a raffle with all proceeds to CancerCare. See (and smell) our new Therapy room for yourself, chat to us about our future plans in Barrow and find out ways you can support us. We'll see you there!