New Barrow centre officially open!

CancerCare opened its the doors of its brand new Barrow centre to people coping with cancer and bereavement this week.

We welcomed our first clients into the centre on Duke Street on Tuesday following a move from our former home at Trinity Church on Warwick Street.

The new centre, which features specially designed rooms and a fully-equipped children’s play therapy facility, was due to open in April however this was postponed following the coronavirus outbreak which meant we were unable to carry out face-to-face sessions.

CancerCare has had a base in the town for more than three years during which time we have helped hundreds of people in the Barrow area. During the coronavirus lockdown we provided telephone and online therapy for clients and also extended services to include people experiencing bereavement for any reason, not just as a result of cancer.

Chief Executive Maria Chambers said: “Opening the new Barrow centre is a huge milestone for CancerCare and underlines our commitment to providing the people of Furness with the support they deserve.  The fresh new facilities in the centre are fantastic and the accessible new town centre location will bring us to the attention of even more people.

“I’d like to thank the community which has really got behind us and many of whom also volunteered their time to help get the new centre up and running. I’d also like to thank people for their kind donations, including the local Sir John Fisher Foundation which provided funding to help us kit out the centre with the specialised furniture we need.

“We kept the opening low-key as we have put in place social distancing procedures to protect our staff and clients but we are planning to mark the occasion in style when the situation allows.”

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