Wessex Cancer Support

Wessex Cancer Support

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  • Counselling / advice
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Local / community
  • Older people / later life
  • Social care

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At Wessex Cancer Support we believe that there should be help and support available to everyone living with cancer, when and where they need it.

Every year over 14,000 people are diagnosed with cancer within the Wessex region (Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight). A diagnosis can be a shock and have a huge impact on an entire family and Wessex Cancer Support services are available to people with cancer, and those impacted by the diagnosis and treatment of a loved one.

We help and support anyone affected by cancer regardless of age, gender or type of cancer. Our dedicated team is committed to offering free support for as long as people need it, away from a hospital environment. All of our services are provided free of charge; we have four drop-in Cancer Support Centres and have just launched the first in a network of new outreach 'pop-up' services.

Clients visiting any of our services are welcomed by volunteer befrienders who are trained to provide information, support and a listening ear. Our Wellbeing Co-ordinator will then meet with all new clients to agree a personalised support plan to help deal with the emotional impact of cancer, improve well-being, help with pain management and increase self confidence. The plan could include joining a support group, or having individual appointments with one of our team of specialist counsellors and therapists. We also provide health and well-being information, exercise programmes, Sing for Life Choirs, and courses, to help clients live well with and beyond cancer, plus a transport service for people from the IOW and the Channel Islands visiting the mainland for cancer treatments. During Covid we continued to support people who needed us, moving to online and remote service provision, and we are now offering a blend of online and in-person provision.

The charity relies on income from donations, legacies and our 5 charity shops to fund our work.




Wessex Cancer Support is primarily funded through voluntary income, from donations received from individuals, companies, trusts and other organisations. We also run lots of fundraising events and benefit from the community fundraising of hundreds of supporters in the local area. 

People can also support Wessex Cancer Support by donating to or shopping at one of our 5 charity shops. 

We are incredibly grateful to the many people who leave a gift to Wessex Cancer Support in their will, further boosting our ability to deliver our services. 

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