Recognising that in the 1980’s cancer services looked very different to how they do today, with support for people other than their treatment being scarce, CancerHelp was formed by Margaret O’Donoghue.
Margaret is a trained nurse and health visitor and her personal experience when her Mother was diagnosed with cancer was that there was little support available, and support for family members simply was not there.
Together with a number of other people who felt this needed to change, Margaret set about creating something for people in Preston. Support services were offered initially out of church halls and then out of the first floor of what is now the Charity’s Plungington Road charity shop. With sustained fundraising sufficient monies were raised to buy Vine House and start converting the property into a cancer support centre.
From these humble beginnings the Charity now has two day centres, one in Preston (Vine House) and the other in Garstang (Croston House). It has four charity shops, with a fifth in the pipeline at Vine House.Read More…