CHARITY Cancer Warriors feels its new centre means it can provide more support and more information to people and relatives of people living with the condition.
It may have been 14 years in the making but the doors were opened on the new site in Melbourne Street, Stalybridge on Saturday, September 18.
Local councillors Leanne Feeley and Eleanor Wills, both keen supporters of the cause, attended as the new dedicated facility was finally unveiled.
And founder of Cancer Warriors, Derrick Evans, told how the extra space can help them further their work, as well as of the effort that went into setting it up.
He told The Correspondent: “The original idea for this started in 2007, so it was a long time in the making and it finally came to fruition.
“It took a lot of hard work. In my naivety when I first started the charity, I didn’t realise how much it would be.
“But we’ve got such a great team of volunteers here and what’s happened shows what can be done.”
Cancer Warriors did have a set-up just a few doors away on Melbourne Street but this new centre means bigger and better things.
Derrick added: “This is such a bigger space. That means a larger capacity for more people because the sad fact is more and more people are being diagnosed on a daily basis.
“So there are a lot more people using the service, we’re seeing a massive increase.
“People are walking past now saying, ‘We didn’t actually realise you were on the street.’ We were there for three years!
“And that recognition is huge. We offer somewhere people can go, a non-clinical environment they can enjoy and meet other patients and like-minded people.“The thing with cancer is people treat you differently and they don’t really know how to approach you.
“People just want to be normal – that’s what this centre is about.”
Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Janet Cooper, cut the ribbon and said: “This service is brilliant. It’s much needed and much valued. It’s a wonderful service with wonderful people.”