Wessex Cancer Trust supporting the community is vital!

You never know what is around the corner, with life’s so many twists and turns. It's vital to have a support network…

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Sometimes in the darkest of days comes a ray of sunshine, with all the problems we face— Wessex Cancer Trust is doing its bit to help people through the most difficult of times…

A Little History — Wessex Cancer Trust…

The Trust was formed in a Portakabin on the site of The Royal South Hants Hospital in 1981 by a small group of medical professionals.

During the first 30 years, the Trust was focused on raising funds for major projects and research taking place throughout the Wessex region.

This included funding breast cancer nurses, ground-breaking research into pioneering treatments and numerous appeals for hospital wards and equipment.

Improving the lives of people affected by cancer has always been at the heart of the trust work.

So in 2012, it was a natural progression for the trust to start delivering community-based services, close to people’s homes.

The Trust has developed rapidly over recent years and now has four Cancer Support Centres, along with a range of other non-clinical support services.

The whole team is immensely proud of what they have achieved over the past 41 years and are very grateful to everyone who has contributed to the charity’s journey.

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The Vision and Mission…


Wessex Cancer Trust’s ambition is a future where everyone affected by cancer receives person-centred care that empowers them to live well with and beyond cancer.


Through supportive care and information, they seek to improve the emotional and physical well-being of people affected by cancer, within their locality.

The Values…


Recognising that everyone’s experience is unique and that cancer affects every area of life, for both the person living with cancer and their loved ones.


Having spent the last 40 years devoted to being a trusted source of cancer information for local people. From prevention and early detection to living well with and beyond cancer, committed to providing clear, accessible information for everyone.


Their door is always open. Living with cancer is difficult, it can feel isolating and result in a loss of confidence. Trust understand it can be difficult to stay positive and maintain a working, or social life.

With a community of local people who understand how you feel and will be right by your side.


The trust wants you to understand that being you before, during and after cancer is always enough. Whether it’s learning to accept what is, meeting new people or getting back to exercise, they are here to help you thrive.

Event fundraising:

Artwork provided by Seamless Entertainment

Francis Benali MBE is coming to the Isle of Wight for an exclusive show on Saturday 25th June 2022.

The evening will feature a VIP Meet and Greet experience, a LIVE and UNSCRIPTED interview from the Southampton legend, followed by a special audience Q&A.

The event is raising funds from the sporting memorabilia and charity auction on the night for Wessex Cancer trust based on the Island.

Francis will take to the stage to give you real-life insight into behind the scenes of his career — the games, dressing room/training ground stories, managers, fall outs and everything you wanted to know about playing for a successful football club.

The former fullback and coach spent the majority of his 20 years playing career with Southampton FC.

Time & Location:

Saturday, June 25th 2022 from 6:15 PM — 10:30 PM

Medina Theatre, Fairlee Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2EW.

Maggie & Kelvin from Vectis Radio talks to Francis Benali MBE about his forthcoming “An Evening With” event in Newport — Isle of Wight…

Francis Benali MBE speaks with Vectis Radio.

About the event:

This exclusive show will feature a LIVE & UNSCRIPTED interview from the Southampton Legend about his career in football, followed by a SPECIAL AUDIENCE Q&A.

Francis Benali will take to the stage to give you real-life insight into behind the scenes of his career, and his contribution to charity, including the Saints Foundation and Cancer Research UK.

We look forward to welcoming you to ‘’An Evening with Francis Benali MBE” Southampton FC legend — hosted by presenter Kenzie Benali. Get your tickets quick before they GO!

By Pete Moore — for Seamless Entertainment.



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