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Friday, 11th of March 2022

Group effort helps bring first-of-its-kind ‘Cancer Hub’ to the Hunter!

The Hunter Cancer Hub (The Hub) has officially opened its doors today, thanks to a grant from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation. The first-of-its-kind hub is a space for families and individuals impacted by cancer to access information and services from various cancer support organisations in one location.

Eight cancer charities have come together to deliver this ground-breaking co-working space which provides integrated support for patients and their families and was made possible by a $90,000 grant from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.

Jennifer Leslie, Chair of the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, said the Hub is set to support around 600 people in the first 12 months through on-site appointments, resources and events.

“We’re confident it will make a big difference to a lot of local people,” said Jennifer.

“At its simplest, this amazing Hub aims to relieve some of the stress families and individuals experience by providing concurrent appointments and a supportive environment for connecting with health and support services, and other families experiencing similar challenges.

”Starting in April, The Hunter Cancer Hub will be offering a monthly open day for people impacted by cancer and their families or support people, with all the partnering cancer services to best support the Hunter community.

Peter Orchard, CEO of Canteen and founding partner, said The Hub is a one stop shop for cancer patients of all ages, their families, friends, and carers.

“Dealing with your own or a loved one’s cancer diagnosis can be one of the most devastating times in a person’s life. Cancer presents an overwhelming set of challenges, from accommodation, financial hardship to mental health.

“We believe that finding the support to get through this difficult time should be simple and easy, and that’s where The Hunter Cancer Hub comes in.

The initiative will see eight local not-for-profits come together under the one roof, including: Canteen, Camp Quality, Hunter Melanoma Foundation, Sleapy’s Foundation, Leukemia Foundation, Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation, Cancer Council and Little Wings.

To find out more about the Hunter Cancer Hub visit: https://www.canteen.org.au/hunter-cancer-hub

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