Working together to build a new Dimbleby Macmillan Support Centre in Sidcup

Representatives from Dimbleby Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Support, which have partnered to develop a state-of-the-art support centre within the new Guy’s and St Thomas’ Cancer Centre at Queen’s Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup, spoke of their pride during a visit to its construction site this today, 27th October.

The new Guy's and St Thomas' cancer centre at Queen Mary's Sidcup

Under construction: the new Guy’s and St Thomas’ cancer centre at Queen Mary’s Sidcup

The £200,000 Dimbleby Macmillan Support Centre will be an integral part of the new Guy’s and St Thomas’ Cancer Centre which is due to open to patients in early summer 2016. It will offer help to people affected by cancer in southeast London and north Kent. Supported by volunteers, the service will operate five days a week to offer practical and emotional support.

The Dimbleby Macmillan Support Centre will replace and expand on the work of the current Douglas Macmillan Centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital, where a dedicated team of volunteers and Dimbleby Cancer Care information professionals currently help people affected by cancer.

The centre will play an important role in supporting people affected by cancer at the new Guy’s and St Thomas’ Cancer Centre on the Queen Mary’s Hospital site. It is part of a £30 million redevelopment of the Queen Mary’s Hospital site which is owned by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.

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Jonathan Dimbleby onsite at the new Guy’s and St Thomas’ cancer centre at Queen Mary’s Sidcup

During the visit, Jonathan Dimbleby, chair of Dimbleby Cancer Care, said: “It is great to be here at the site today. You can see how the building is starting to take shape and it gives you a real feel for what an important role this centre will play in supporting people with cancer in London and Kent, helping to deliver the first class cancer services already offered at Guy’s and St Thomas’ to people where they really need it, closer to their homes. This is something Dimbleby Cancer Care is very proud to be part of and I look forward to the opening next year.”

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Jonathan Dimbleby and service manager Eve Bignell view what will be the new Dimbleby Macmillan Support Centre when the building opens in April 2016

Sarah Gigg, Senior Macmillan Development Manager for west, south and southeast London, added: “I’m delighted to have visited Sidcup today and seen at first hand how the work for this innovative centre has progressed.  Every day, more than 100 people in London and Kent hear the devastating news that they have cancer. This number is set to nearly double by 2030, which will result in thousands more people in the area needing medical, practical and emotional support. For this reason, we are very proud to be developing the Dimbleby Macmillan Support Service which will help people affected by cancer in the area, during and after treatment, so that no one faces cancer alone.”

Representatives from Oxleas and Guy’s and St Thomas’ were also present at the visit, including some of the key staff and volunteers who run the current service.

Sarah Giggs from Macmillan with GSTT's Catherine Dale, Jonathan Dimbleby and Eve Bignell

Sarah Giggs from Macmillan with GSTT’s Catherine Dale, Jonathan Dimbleby and Eve Bignell

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