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Major Grant for new Fountain Centre Service

The Fountain Centre, Surrey’s local cancer charity, will be able to offer a brand new service to cancer patients at Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust from early October, thanks to a grant of £25,000 from the MCKS Charitable Foundation UK.

The money will provide two year’s funding for a new post providing complementary therapy services to cancer in-patients on wards at Royal Surrey. These will include head, hand and foot massage, reflexology, pranic therapy and reiki.

Anne Pike, Manager of the Fountain Centre explained: “The Fountain Centre has been providing support and complementary therapies for cancer patients in Guildford for 20 years now. We have facilities at Royal Surrey for those who can come to us, but we have always wanted to extend our services to those patients who aren’t able to visit. We have occasionally been able to send a volunteer therapist to work with someone on a ward, and this has been greatly appreciated by the patient and ward staff. Now this very generous grant from the MCKS Charitable Foundation UK we will be able to employ two part-time therapists, who will visit patients wherever they are in the hospital.”

Vicki Mumford (Head of Oncology Nursing) added: “The Fountain Centre has always been a great asset to cancer patients at Royal Surrey, and this extension of their service will mean some of our sickest patients will be able to benefit from the work they do.”

Ruth Morrissy, Chair of the MCKS Charitable Foundation UK, said: “We are delighted to be able to support the Fountain Centre in their work, and look forward to a very fruitful partnership with them over the next two years.”