Hamar Cancer Centre Enjoys Bumper Birthday Party !

Mayor of Shrewsbury Keith Roberts was the special guest as the much-loved Hamar Centre celebrated its 21st birthday with a bumper Open Day.

The centre, based at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, and which provides counselling and physical therapies for patients with cancer, organised the special event to mark the landmark anniversary today. The Mayor, along with Mayoress Catherine Roberts, was on hand to cut the cake.

Ex-clients, volunteers and members of staff were among the people who dropped in today to help celebrate the birthday. Peter Herring, the new Chief Executive of The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, also called by to pay his respects along with Interim Chairman Martin Beardwell.

Julia Clarke, the Trust’s Lead Director for Cancer Services, said: “I am really proud to be here to celebrate the birthday of the Hamar Centre and it’s very special for me because I was working in the Trust when the Centre went up back in 1991.

“I’ve always been proud of the clinical care that we provide to our patients but psychological support is also so important and we are very lucky to have this facility on the hospital site that patients can access when they really need it. I want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all the staff and volunteers, past and present, who have made the Hamar Centre what it is.”

Visitors to the open day got the chance to talk with staff and counsellors, as well as to meet representatives from other services offered at the Hamar Centre. These included:

The British Red Cross – who offer therapeutic care; a gentle massage of the neck and shoulder.
Look Good Feel Better – a project that provides pampering sessions for women with cancer
Get Active Feel Good – a Macmillan-funded project to encourage cancer patients to take more exercise
Will’s Wigs – an NHS service that produces wigs for patients who have lost their hair as a result of their treatment

Visitors, including the Mayor and Mayoress, were also given a tour of the tranquil garden at the Hamar Centre which has proven a real haven for clients attending for counselling. The garden is tended by the hospital ground staff, led by Head Gardener Michael Shone. Their efforts saw them named as the joint winners of the Behind The Scenes Award at the annual Trust Awards last week.

“The Open Day has been a huge success,” said Centre Administrator Sara Scott. “We have been delighted to see so many people paying us a visit and stop with us to have a cup of tea and a biscuit and talk about their memories of the Hamar Centre.

“I want to thank everyone who has helped in planning this event. We are proud of the services we offer here and it has been wonderful to see that so many other people value it too.”

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Michael Michael

Severn Magazine and Love Shrewsbury Editor.

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