A vision for cancer care in the islands is set to be realised, with a dedicated centre for cancer patients to be opened in Stornoway town centre.
Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative (WICCI) yesterday (Wednesday June 12th) launched a GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/wicci-cancer-support-centre-setup-costs) to help with the costs of fitting out the new centre, which they plan to open for service in September this year.
WICCI development worker Helen Sandison said: “We have been listening to the experiences of those with cancer in the Western Isles and repeatedly we were hearing the same issues.
“With the continued support of Macmillan Cancer Support, the Pentland Windfarm, and generous donations received in 2018, notably from the Airport 2 Airport challenge last year, we are opening a trial project to provide a centre for cancer patients – physically based in Stornoway – but deliverable throughout the Western Isles.
“Our new base, on Cromwell Street, will provide two treatment rooms offering a range of complementary therapies and counselling, and a congregational space to deliver group activities, information and support. Our cancer support centre will support anyone whose lives are affected by cancer, whether that be support and advice, or physical and emotional therapy.
“The services offered will be available to anyone who is affected by cancer, who wish to take some control over their wellbeing on the road through cancer treatment. Cancer affects so much more than the body so we hope, in some way, to support cancer patients in the Western Isles through this life-changing chapter.”
The new unit is on Cromwell Street, beside Kopi Java, and the landlord has already helped with the initial fit-out. Running costs are covered for the next year and fundraising begins in earnest next year to continue the project beyond 2020.
But WICCI faces a shortfall in the initial refurbishment of the new premises, so they are asking for help to raise £5000, to cover carpets, signage and unseen costs for important additions to the premises such as sound-proofing, lighting and extra electrical work.
Helen said: “Any donations are very gratefully received to help us reach our target of £5000. If any local businesses or individuals wished to offer a significant donation, we would be happy to formally recognise this support in our new centre.”