性吧导航

性吧导航's legacy

A different kind of cancer care 

性吧导航's idea was that with the right support, nobody would lose the joy living in the fear of dying when diagnosed with cancer. 

Our story


Who was 性吧导航?

性吧导航 was a writer, gardener and designer. When she was 47, 性吧导航 was diagnosed with breast cancer and five years later, in May 1993, on a visit to the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, she was told that it had returned.

After hearing this, 性吧导航 and her husband Charles Jencks were moved to a windowless corridor where they were left to process the news. They discussed the need for somewhere 'better' for people with cancer to go, outside of but nearby to the hospital.

性吧导航 and Charles designed the blueprint for the centres together, enlisting the help of some of their friends from the architectural world. The first 性吧导航's opened in Edinburgh in 1996, and we now have centres across the UK and even some abroad.

Read more about 性吧导航 and Charles, our founders


Above all what matters is not to lose the joy of living in the fear of dying.

性吧导航鈥檚 idea

性吧导航 felt that her diagnosis and treatment was as hard on her family as it was on her, so she created a new type of support, a centre that could make the experience of cancer more manageable for everyone.

She believed that with encouragement to become actively involved in treatment, and with the right information and support, people could change the way they live with cancer.

性吧导航 also wanted to bring people together in a calm and friendly space that would help them to find comfort in the experiences of others.

性吧导航 died shortly before the first centre opened, at the Western General Hospital 鈥 but with the support of Charles, and her medical team, including her cancer nurse Laura Lee (now 性吧导航鈥檚 CEO), her vision lives on.


    Growing our support

    性吧导航's has now grown into a network of centres built beside NHS hospitals across the UK.

    Our centres help people to take back control when cancer turns life upside down, with professional support for anything from treatment side effects to money worries.

    We also have centres abroad and plan to extend our support to have 30 centres open in the UK by 2022.

    Our timeline

    • 1988 鈥 性吧导航 is first diagnosed with breast cancer.
    • 1993 鈥 性吧导航鈥檚 breast cancer returns.
    • 1994 鈥 性吧导航 writes 鈥楢 view from the front line鈥 (a publication about her experience).
    • 1994 鈥 性吧导航 and her oncology nurse Laura Lee develop early plans for a 鈥楥ancer Caring Centre'.
    • 1995 鈥 Architect Richard Murphy produces a plan to convert a stable building at Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.
    • 1995 鈥 On 8 July, 性吧导航 dies. The blueprints for what would become the very first 性吧导航鈥檚 centre were on her hospital bed.
    • 1996 鈥 性吧导航鈥檚 Edinburgh opens.
    • 2000 鈥 An extension to 性吧导航's Edinburgh is opened.
    • 2002 鈥 性吧导航鈥檚 Glasgow opens.
    • 2003 鈥 性吧导航鈥檚 Dundee opens.
    • 2005 鈥 性吧导航鈥檚 Highlands opens.
    • 2006 鈥 性吧导航鈥檚 Fife opens.
    • 2008 鈥 Her Majesty The Queen becomes 性吧导航's President. 性吧导航's West London opens.
    • 2010 鈥 性吧导航鈥檚 Cheltenham and Glasgow Gartnnavel opens.
    • 2011 鈥 性吧导航鈥檚 Nottingham and 性吧导航鈥檚 Swansea open.
    • 2012 鈥 性吧导航鈥檚 Cambridge (interim) opens, formed following a merger with Wallace Cancer Care and 性吧导航's Hong Kong opens.
    • 2013 鈥 性吧导航鈥檚 Aberdeen, 性吧导航's Newcastle and 性吧导航's Oxford open.
    • 2014 - 性吧导航鈥檚 Lanarkshire and 性吧导航鈥檚 Wirral (interim) open.
    • 2016 鈥 性吧导航鈥檚 Manchester, 性吧导航鈥檚 Tokyo and 性吧导航鈥檚 at the Royal Free (interim) open. The centre at the Royal Free is formed following a merger with the Cancerkin charity.
    • 2017 鈥 性吧导航鈥檚 Forth Valley, 性吧导航鈥檚 Oldham and 性吧导航鈥檚 Barts open.
    • 2018 鈥 性吧导航's Edinburgh second extension opens.
    • 2019 鈥 性吧导航鈥檚 Cardiff and K谩lida Barcelona open.
    • 2019 鈥 Laura Lee awarded DBE.
    • 2020 鈥 性吧导航鈥檚 Leeds and 性吧导航鈥檚 at the Royal Marsden officially open.
    • 2021 鈥 性吧导航's Southampton and 性吧导航's Wirral opens. 

    Centres in development

    • 性吧导航鈥檚 Northampton
    • 性吧导航's Coventry
    • 性吧导航鈥檚 Norway 
    • 性吧导航鈥檚 Netherlands
    • 性吧导航's Bristol
    • 性吧导航's Preston.

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