Wessex Cancer Trust is closing its Salisbury support centre in Bridge Street due to low demand from local people.

A spokesperson for the Trust said: Since the centre opened two years ago, the manager and volunteers worked really hard to spread the word about the centre. Despite this, client numbers have remained consistently low and with the lease of the premises due to break soon, the trustees took the difficult but responsible decision to close the centre.

“We thank all the staff and volunteers who gave so much of their time and effort at the centre. We assure anyone living in the town that support is available at any of our five other centres, three of which are well within a 30-mile radius of Salisbury. Although visitor numbers at the centre were consistently low, our Sing for Life choir in Salisbury has grown considerably and now offers around 80 people weekly therapeutic support through singing and peer mentoring.

“Once we have the results of our research into future cancer support needs, we will look at further options for support in the area. In the meantime, existing clients at the support centre will continue to be cared for until the end of their treatment, at which point the centre will close.”

Wessex Cancer Trust employs two part-time members of staff and a number of volunteers at the centre.

The Sing for Life choir welcomes new members. They meet on Thursdays, between 11.30am and 1.30pm at Parkwood Health and Fitness, London Road, Salisbury, SP1 3YU.


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