Cambridge Cancer Help Centre

Let's turn the 'Big C' around

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Information, support groups, therapies


We look forward to welcoming you to the Centre and continuing to provide free support to those facing a cancer diagnosis (individuals, carers and family members). We are here for as long as you need us.

The Centre Team are available to contact by telephone or email if you would like support or advice, Mondays to Wednesdays 10am to 4pm. Tel: 01223 840105 oemail.

What’s on? 

(updated 20th April 2023)

The Centre offers many regular activities and events. See our calendar for details:












Upcoming Events

The Centre runs a number of additional events and activities through the year. For more details, subscribe to our quarterly newsletter (see below), like us on social media (Facebook / Twitter) for regular updates or check back here periodically.

A selection of our upcoming events are listed below….

Wellbeing Events – Next event 20th June 2023.

The Centre together with Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) Cancer Support, No.7 and Liz Earle are hosting a wellbeing event at the Centre on 20th June 2023 from 10am to 12noon and from 13.30 to 15.30.

Spend time participating in workshops focusing on caring for skin, hair and nails during cancer treatment.

Contact the Centre team on 01223 840105 or email: [email protected] to book a place.



Death Cafe – Monday 19th June 2023 – 12.30pm in the Centre

The Centre together with Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) Cancer Services are hosting this event where people can drink tea, eat cake, and discuss death.

The aim is to increase awareness of death and help people make the most of their (finite) lives.

Sawston Fun Run 2023

We are proud and grateful to be a headline beneficiary (together with Arthur Rank Hospice) from the Sawston Fun Run on Sunday 7th May 2023. We thank the Rotary Club Cambridge Sawston for their support and for all of the hard work in organising this event.

The 2023 Sawston Fun Run and Walk Coronation Event will take place on Sunday 7th May. Online entries will open from the 1st February 2023.

Last year’s event attracted over 1,100 entrants for the short and long route runs, which was one of the highest turnouts in our thirty-six year history and as a result we were able to donate £14,250 to local charities and organisations. Since the event started in 1986 we have been able to donate over £515,000 to worthwhile causes, so a big thank you for your continuing kindness and support.

Every donation however small helps us to raise funds and to support more people living with cancer in and around Cambridge.



Want us to keep you updated? Subscribe to our newsletter.

You can read our latest news update (March 2023) here.

If you would like to receive our news and updates regularly, you can sign up to our e-newsletters here. 

Other help and support available

Macmillan Cancer Hope course. Get support and share experiences at this free online, six-week HOPE (Help Overcome Problems Effectively) course.

Guided Imagery, Mindfulness and Relaxation sessions. Learning these beneficial techniques may help you manage some of your symptoms and achieve a more balanced life. Also includes an opportunity to “talk together” – to share experiences, tips or just to chat! Details and how to book here.

Managing Anxiety and Stress with Relaxation.  If you are struggling with anxiety and stress, this free online session will help. Provided by our friend Mara, who is an Occupational Therapist and trainer. Details here.

Emotional support. If you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, emotional support can help. Our therapist is offering free telephone consultations at this time. Details and how to book here.

See our therapies page for two short, self help videos made for us by Julia and Emma, our volunteer Reflexology therapists, as well as details of our Bach Flower Remedies therapist offer of free telephone consultations and remedies by post.

We have put together a list of organisations who can provide advice and support which you may find useful on days The Centre team are not working.. Please see our Information Page. 

Please keep an eye on our website for updates and on our Facebook Page.

Want to help publicise The Centre and reach new members?

We are keen to support new members – but many people are unaware of the Cambridge Cancer Help Centre. If you have a local community noticeboard (or similar) you can help by downloading one of our posters and pinning it up (seeking permission where needed of course). A 4 page booklet is also available.

Centre Poster

Centre 4-page leaflet

Can you help? Volunteer with us!

We are currently recruiting. Details here.

With our current income depleted, donations to support our work are very welcome. Every penny helps us continue supporting those in need. Please click on the donate button above or see here for simple ways to help us raise funds, including details of how to raise funds for free while online shopping. Thank you.


We run a number of self-management programmes to help you manage your condition.


We offer a wide range of complimentary therapies from qualified therapists.


We have a number of thriving groups and we organise regular social activities.

Support Groups

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Let's turn the 'Big C' around

2023-24 Membership

Our next membership year runs from 1 May 2023 to 30 April 2024.

Income from membership donations helps us to support those living with cancer. As costs of running the Centre are increasing membership will now be required to access the various services offered.

To manage this personalised membership cards will be issued with details retained on a confidential database. Although we continue to expect members to give only what they can afford, a donation of £50 a year towards our increasing running costs is suggested. This can be paid annually or at £5 a month by standing order.

If you already pay by standing order or covenant, please speak with the manager (Julie) who will provide you with a membership card and membership number.

Membership donations for the financial year ending 30 April 2024 are due from 1st May 2023. Please use the Membership 2023-24 form to renew your annual membership or to register for the first time.

For further information please read our announcement on membership changes for 2023/24.

Thank you for your support in enabling the Centre to continue to support those living with Cancer.

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Opening Times and Map

The Centre is open ..

Monday: 10am – 4pm
Tuesday: 10am – 4pm
Wednesday: 10am – 4pm

We meet in the David Rayner Building at Scotsdales Garden Centre in Shelford. Do drop in and visit us – everyone is welcome.

If you would be willing to volunteer as a counsellor, therapist or as part of our support team, we would love to hear from you.

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