We are often asked to explain a little more about the history of the club, what we do and whom it is for.
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.
We hold two meetings a month excepting December, January & August:
the 1st Wednesday evening at 7.00pm (April to November) in the The Cathedral Day Unit, K & C Hospital, when we usually have a speaker either involved in the professional care of cancer patients or an outside speaker from an area of interest.
The 3rd Thursday each month (except August December) we have a lunchtime gathering between 12.00pm and 2.00pm at The Abbots Barton Hotel in New Dover Road. This is an informal social gathering where the club subsidises coffee/tea and sandwiches and the hotel allows us to use their Garden Room. We ask for a contribution of £3.50 per head towards the cost of lunch.
We regularly get together for a Theatre trips, outings, a summer party (August) and Christmas lunch (December). Some members get involved in fundraising or awareness events. It is up to individuals as to how much they dip in or out of meetings, whatever is helpful? Everyone is very welcome to come along and if you would like further details of our meetings please contact Daphne Woodcock (01227720631) or via our contact us link or any other committee member.