Patient Emily Parsons and her four young daughters performed the honours at the ground breaking ceremony for the new East Surrey Macmillan Cancer Support Centre on Friday (15).
Staff from East Surrey Hospital and Macmillan put their hard hats on and joined the family to mark this exciting milestone in the build.
When the £1.5 million centre opens later this year it will provide a range of support services for people affected by cancer as well as their families and friends.
The 40 year old mum from Horley, who was treated for leukemia at East Surrey Hospital, said: “As a former patient, I am delighted and honoured to support the hospital today. The staff here already do an amazing job supporting us through the toughest fight of our lives, and this fantastic new Macmillan facility will make a huge difference to people in the area.”
Michael Wilson, chief executive at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH), which runs the hospital, said: “I am really excited about this project and what it will mean for our patients and their families. It will enable our staff to provide all round support in the heart of the community and people will no longer have to make a 20 mile round trip to their nearest support centre.”
SASH is working in partnership with Macmillan and with the support of The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre on the project. Senior Macmillan Development Manager Rebecca Hawkins, said: “The new centre will enable more people affected by cancer, their families and friends, to access a wide range of support services in one place – information and advice, emotional and psychological support, complementary therapies and more.”