Did you know that in Bury there is a specialist Cancer support centre, that not only caters for the needs of newly diagnosed patients and their families, but also supports anyone whose life is touched by Cancer, at any stage of their journey? The centre, based on Bolton Road, provides many types of complementary therapies for people from all areas of Greater Manchester and beyond. Some are aimed at maintaining positive mental health such as counselling support for both the patients and their families, whilst therapy sessions help counterbalance the physical impact of their diagnosis, such as massage, reflexology and reiki. Other modes of support are hypnotherapy sessions, weekly walk and talk health walks, creative space group (improving mental health through creative projects such as Art, creative writing, textiles etc), Qi Gong classes (a gentle form of Tai Chi) and gentle yoga classes.  


Financial worries are also a source of stress for cancer patients and the centre offers expert advice on financial support and debt management in partnership with Age UK Bury. Another important aspect of their mission is to counsel those who are grieving loved ones through their bereavement counselling. Alternatively, the bereaved may access any therapy the centre offers to suit their needs.Katana, manager of the organisation, explains, “All support offered follows a detailed assessment by an experienced Keyworker, where a bespoke, person-centred plan of support, is agreed in partnership with the individual.” Pre-covid, the centre worked on a drop-in basis, where anyone with a cancer problem, could come without an appointment and see qualified staff who can help them. This method of working will be reinstated in the New Year, as currently, access is through appointment only. 


Barker, a trustee member, states, “After finding out your diagnosis, you would want someone to be empathetic towards you. Many people access this support as this may not necessarily be provided by doctors. Care from professionals will be given in a timely manner.” Within the centre there are highly trained professionals with years of experience of previously working in the NHS as nurses and therapists, as well as volunteers. Any member of staff is a listening ear and can help boost mental health when handling a seemingly insurmountable situation. Clients can also receive hot, fresh meals provided by volunteers of the café.  


This charity is unknown to many in the area since it is self-funding and therefore does not have a large advertising budget, unlike national well-known cancer supporting charities. All money to finance the charity’s important work comes from fundraising efforts and contributions from individuals. 


You can get involved by proposing a fundraising event you want to participate in, by donating to or attending fundraising events, or approaching the centre to see where your skills can be applied. All areas of expertise can be of benefit, from cooking and serving in the café to gardening and housekeeping. Please share these details with others and help bring light to the vital work of this charity.