Big C Charity
Eight thousand people each year on average are diagnosed with cancer in Norfolk and Waveney, deeply affecting their lives and those around them.
Big C support complements the clinical care that a patient with cancer will receive from the NHS or their private provider, focusing on overall wellbeing. A team of qualified nursing professionals and specialist support officers, can answer questions that arise during such a challenging time.
Free professional counselling and complementary therapies are available for emotional and wellbeing support, along with practical help and welfare guidance in partnership with Citizens Advice.
All services run from Big C’s seven cancer support and information centres and hubs, located in Norwich, Kings Lynn, Great Yarmouth, Gorleston, Wells Community Hospital, Thetford Healthy Living Centre and the Peartree Centre in Halesworth, Suffolk. The charity moved many services online and over the telephone during the pandemic. It means those who can’t visit one of Big C’s centres can still access support from home.
Dr Melanie Pascale, Director of Charitable Operations at Big C, said: “We would encourage everyone locally who has a cancer diagnosis and their family members to get in touch and access Big C services. Talking about and getting help to manage confusing or troubling issues can make a big difference to people at an unsettling time. Our services are free, funded by our amazing corporate and individual supporters.”
A new Norwich centre
Work is now underway on Big C’s new Cancer Support and Information Centre on Dereham Road, Norwich. Due to open later this year, it will partner with the charity’s existing centre at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
We recognise that cancer is tough on business, too, costing the UK economy an estimated £7.6 billion. Big C advises organisations – for example, helping HR teams to support someone with cancer in the workplace, or offering guidance with one-to-one support.
Dr Chris Bushby, Chief Executive at Big C, said: “Company success relies on its people, but life is full of unexpected challenges that they may have to face. Cancer affects many in our community, and whether you have received a personal diagnosis or you are caring for someone affected by cancer, life doesn’t stop and can have a huge impact on everyday and working life. We can help employers and provide outstanding wellbeing support for their team and demonstrate their commitment as a people-focused business.”
Can your organisation support Big C?
Big C is one of East Anglia’s largest independent cancer charities, having raised £40 million since it was founded 40 years ago. Today, Big C’s supporters help raise on average £3 million annually.
There are many ways your company can help to fundraise for Big C, perhaps through Big C’s Charity of the Year initiative, one of our sporting challenges or by hosting a Big Cuppa event.