Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity has launched a brand new appeal to raise vital funds towards the “invaluable” work which takes place every day to support people living with and beyond cancer.

The Cancer Wellbeing Fund will help make sure that East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust’s (ESNEFT) Cancer Wellbeing and Information Centres can continue to offer a full range of personalised services to patients and their families. These include: 


  • Specialist information and advice
  • Counselling services
  • Psychological support
  • Complementary therapies
  • Family therapy
  • Physical activity services
  • Hair, skincare and dietary advice
  • Practical support
  • Benefits advice and signposting


The centres at Colchester and Ipswich hospitals also host support groups as well as offering a space for people to sit, talk or listen, regardless of what stage they are at on their cancer journey.

Mandy Jordan, associate director of charities and voluntary services with ESNEFT, said: “Our friendly and welcoming Cancer Wellbeing
and Information Centres offer a tranquil and relaxing environment where people can enjoy invaluable space and support. They provide a huge range of services – but rely on the kindness of our supporters to be able to carry on their amazing work.

“This appeal aims to help us raise all-important funds so that even more people who are living with cancer can get the help, support and advice they need at the time they need it the most.”

Curtis Rimmington, 31, has used the centre at Colchester Hospital ever since he was diagnosed with a brain tumour and epilepsy in 2018. He has since received counselling and enjoyed Reiki, reflexology and massage sessions.

“The centre has made a really big difference to me,” said Curtis, who lives in Colchester with partner Laura, four-year-old son Arthur and rescue dog Skye. I see it as a safe space where you can take your mind off everything. It’s peaceful and relaxing and the staff are all lovely.

“I would definitely encourage people to support the appeal if they are able to as the centre is an important resource for people when they need a bit of help or support.”

For more information about the Cancer Wellbeing Fund or to become a friend and set up a regular donation click here

To find out more about the services provided by the centres, call 01206 745347 for Colchester or 01473 715748 for Ipswich.