National breast cancer support charity, The Haven, has been awarded an invaluable £2.65M donation. The Chancellor announced the move as part of the Autumn Statement today. The funding will lead to the creation of a new Haven centre in Solihull to provide the care and support needed in the region and fund running costs in the newly opened Wessex Haven.

The West Midlands had already been selected as the location for potential new Haven, due to the incidence of breast cancer patients compared with other areas that our Clinical Team has evaluated; in conjunction with the location of the four existing Havens.   

With more than 2,100 breast cancer patients each year* within a 35 mile radius of Solihull, The Haven already has overwhelming endorsement from healthcare professionals in the Heart of England Trust for the creation of a new centre. In the past two years, the Haven has organised breast cancer support days in Solihull as part of our regular outreach programme. These have been extremely well attended with many of the participants telling us that there is very little provision for breast cancer support in the area.

Following a highly successful capital appeal the Haven recently opened its newest centre in Titchfield. Never previously a recipient of any government funding, this sum will contribute to the running of the Haven, including service delivery – which costs around £465,000 each year.

Working in close conjunction with the NHS, The Haven offers a wide range of emotional, physical and practical support which includes complementary therapies, counselling, nutritional advice, exercise classes, financial advice and support groups for visitors and their families suffering from breast cancer.

 The Haven’s CEO, Pamela Healy, OBE says

“This news announced today is literally a game-changer for The Haven. It is also the best possible news for people affected by breast cancer. We know that we have a service that is so often life changing for so many women and their families who are going through the toughest time of their lives. But we need to ensure that more people can benefit from our vital support services. That is why we have embarked on an ambitious expansion programme to open more centres around the country.

“We are absolutely thrilled with the Chancellor’s substantial donation which is a huge boost to that expansion programme as it is helping our newest Haven in Wessex establish itself and it is creating a brand new facility in the West Midlands.  Words cannot express how delighted we are that the Government has recognised the importance of our work. Thank you, thank you and thank you again.”

For further media information about The Haven or to arrange an interview with Pam Healy, CEO or Marian Parfitt, Wessex Haven Manager, please contact Eve Eastwood at Clearsilver on 0113 3075900 or email [email protected]

 25th November 2015