Our founder, Mavis Cunningham had been aware of the need for a centre to support cancer patients in the Midlands for many years. This awareness was based on her extensive experience as a nurse and her involvement with a local breast cancer charity.
Her vision gradually developed as she discussed her ideas with other people who offered to help turn her dream into reality. These founder members envisioned a house where an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity would be created. It would be a place of sanctuary for those affected by cancer. Free counselling and complementary therapies would be provided and help would be available for family and friends.
In May 1999, the first steps were taken with a fortnightly evening Relaxation and Support Group. In October 2000 a committee was set up and a small group of people worked hard to achieve both company and charitable status in 2001. In October 2001 premises were found which enabled The Cancer Support Centre to open 1 day a week. By the end of the first year the number of clients had doubled and the Centre opened for 2 days a week.
The continued success of the service meant new premises were required and with the support of Sutton Coldfield Municipal Charities, the charity moved to Station House, Midland Drive in 2004 and by 2007 was open for 4 days a week.
In 2010, The Trustees realised that larger more suitable premises were required and negotiations began to enable the Cancer Support Centre to move to Lindridge Road, Sutton Coldfield where it could share the premises on a 50/50 basis with St Giles Supportive Care. The move took place at the end of February 2011.
Since then the numbers attending the Centre have continued to increase year on year, and now use 60% of the facility at Lindridge Road. We are now supporting many more clients, with numbers attending 1:1 therapies and group having doubled since 2012.