Charity of the Year

We are delighted to be able to announce that we at Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel have taken Cancer Care Club on board as our nominated Charity of the Year.

Cancer Care Club

"The most important thing to say is that although named The Cancer Care Club, everyone touched by cancer in any way automatically belongs, the meetings are open to everyone, patient or not, for one visit or many. We do not offer counselling but we are a supportive network of people who have experienced Cancer either as patients or carers."

Previously named ‘The Optimists’ the club was formed more than 30 years ago by Dr Mark Rake and Andrew Jackson, along with a committee, to raise money for a designated Cancer Unit to improve the care and treatment of cancer patients.

It was one of the first Cancer Support groups in the UK.  Patients, staff, local supporters and businesses joined them.
The Mountbatten Centre, K & C Hospital was built and the club has continued to provide support and friendship to cancer patients.
We hold informative monthly meetings, social events and funding for specially requested items and equipment within the hospital.
Treatment now takes place in the Oncology Department and the Cathedral Day Unit. We provided the special relaxing chairs for Chemotherapy patients to use whilst having treatment in the Day Unit.

The club is now organised by a committee of patients, ex-patients carers and retired NHS staff and is chaired by a Consultant Cancer Surgeon.

"Our aim is to support all whose lives have been touched by Cancer, whether patients, carers, friends or family and to encourage the informal involvement of healthcare professionals."

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