New look planned for Garstang charity centre

Croston House in Garstang
Croston House in Garstang

A charity which provides help to thousands of Lancashire cancer sufferers every year is now rebranding its two centres.

Cancer Help​ (Preston) runs Croston House in Croston Road, Garstang, and Vine House on Cromwell Road, Preston​.

Now the two centres are being given a new look and signage and are now due to be relaunched.

​Cancer Help was formed by former nurse Margaret O’Donoghue in 1989.

The charity was created to fill the gaps that existed in the health service’s treatment of cancer patients and their families.

From humble beginnings in a church hall, the charity now has two fully staffed day centres .​

​Each year the charity provides more than 6,000 patient visits or contacts.

They are free to all cancer sufferers.

It also has several charity shops in the area which help to fund its services.

Shops co-ordinator and corporate fund-raiser Stella Humphreys said the Garstang centre had been very well supported by the local community over many years since it was first set up.

But money is still needed to be raised to enable the centres to provide servuices to the local community.

The charity aims to raise a total of £400,000 with the public’s help this year.

Stella said: “We are a local charity and all of our staff are volunteers.

“Any money raised is used locally and used to help people in the area.”

To donate or to get incvolved with Cancer Help, telephone 01772 793344.

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