Wessex Cancer Trust received a donation of £15,000 from grant giving charity, Talbot Village Trust, to enable the charity to complete crucial building work to its new cancer support centre.

The funding meant work to the centre could commence immediately, with soundproof stud walls being erected to create counselling and therapy rooms for clients. The kitchen area was decorated and installed with the correct equipment, a vital requirement due to the increased risk of infection for many cancer patients.

New furniture was also added to the support centre’s entrance, information area and befriending room.

Trustee of Talbot Village, Russell Lucas-Rowe said: ‘‘Wessex Cancer Trust is a charity that stood out to us because we all know someone either directly or indirectly who is currently suffering with cancer.

‘‘I am so pleased that our funding has enabled the centre to be opened so quickly and is already being utilised by patients of the charity.’’

Rachel Rawlings, trust and corporate officer for Wessex Cancer Trust added: “We are extremely grateful to Talbot Village Trust for their generous donation. We are now able to help 2,000 local people affected by cancer each year. The new centre has proven so successful that we are now starting a mobile cancer support service in Dorset later this year and hope to work with the Trust again in the future.”

Talbot Village Trust meets biannually, and will be accepting applications for funding from both previous and new applicants in the area before the Trust meet again in November. Visit www.talbotvillagetrust.co.uk.