A CANCER support centre has thanked the public for their generosity after they re-launched their annual street collections to raise money to keep up with rising demand for their services.

Volunteers from Jane Scarth House, the home of Romsey Cancer Support Centre, took part in their first street collection in three years.

The collection effort of 41 volunteers on Saturday, July 23, raised £1217.32 to help fund the centre’s services.

Volunteers covered six sites within Romsey town centre, collecting donations and handing out leaflets for an hour before returning to Jane Scarth House to tot up the total.

Charity ambassador, Sarah Rowcliffe said: “As well as making a huge difference to so many clients who visit the centre, it was great to be raising the profile of the charity again on the street and speaking to local people about how we can help. The funds will be used towards providing our range of services which are available 5 days a week. Thank you to everyone who helped at and supported this event.”

This year's street collection was the first to accept card, thanks to Dovetail Framing, Lockerley Mill Cars Limited and H&M ICES who lent card readers to enable more donations.

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Services at Jane Scarth House are free for anyone over the age of 18 who have been affected by cancer, including patients and their family members. Services consist of information and support, counselling, complementary therapies, meditation, Qigong, Macmillan HOPE course, bereavement support and regular clinics for welfare/finance and legal issues.

Romsey Cancer Support Centre has been operating at Jane Scarth House for over 27 years. Although based in Romsey, the service also covers surrounding areas such as Winchester, Southampton and the Test Valley.

During the pandemic, the charity had to cancel their fundraising plans which significantly impacted their income as a free support service.

The local support centre was thankful to resume their annual summer street collection as demand for support at the centre continues to increase.

Volunteers from Jane Scarth House will also be visiting various events in the upcoming months including Trout ‘n’ About in Stockbridge on August 7, Romsey Show on September 10 and The Garden Show at Broadlands, September 30 until October 2.

For more, go to: janescarthhouse.co.uk/.

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