New services for children at Cancer Relief Gibraltar

The Cancer Relief Centre is extending it’s services to support younger members of any family affected by cancer, not just patients. A brand new play area has been opened and a new after school club’s been launched to help younger family members and child patients too.

The new developments have come about following consultations with existing users of the centre who asked for more support for the whole family. Kate Howard, Cancer Relief Nurse, explained that the playground had been a long term goal after the centre supported a young parent who had spent a lot of time there with her two children, “several families use the facilities here, we are a family friendly service” she says.

Bassadone volunteers painting the fence

The centre was approached by the Guardian Angel Foundation, who wanted to help support services for children, so a play area seemed like the perfect fit for their donation. The Foundation organised a bike ride from Portugal to Gibraltar and managed to raise £15,000 in the process. The money was spent on play equipment and soft flooring and volunteers from Bassadone Motors came along to paint the picket fence surrounding the kid safe area.

At it’s official opening last month, service users and their families came along to see the new facilities for themselves and that included 40 children! One of the centre’s many volunteer helpers, musician, Surianne Dalmedo, came along too to keep the children entertained.

Surianne entertaining the children

Surianne is currently helping the centre with their latest new venture, an after school club for any child who’s affected by cancer including child patients themselves. The aim of the group is fun and will feature workshops based on responsible recycling, song writing, music making and will be suitable for mixed ages of children.

The rolling programme will offer peer support for children who may feel isolated because of what their family is going through, and there will be a counsellor on hand to help anyone who needs a listening ear. It’s hoped that the scheme will give children avenues to express how they are feeling. Places at the club will need to be booked in advance.

If you would like to find out more information about the new after school club at the Cancer Relief Centre, please call 200 42392 or email: info@cancerrelief.gi

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