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Bristol cancer charity sets out to create new centres that combine support with fund raising

Penny Brohn UK, which has been supporting those in the Bristol area living with cancer for almost 40 years, has set out an ambitious plan to establish a series of new centres in the Bristol and Bath area where local people can combine charity shopping with receiving treatment.

The innovative idea begins with the hunt for the very first premises in Bristol – for which they require up to 1,000 sq ft of retail space on the ground floor together with a further 1,000 sq ft to be used as treatment rooms.

The charity provides a combination of physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual support designed to help anyone affected by cancer, and at any stage of the disease. Thousands of people every year currently receive help from them at their main centre at Ham Green Bristol.

The next stage of their evolution is to establish a series of additional centres locally with a well-fitted, professionally-run charity shop raising funds on the ground floor together with treatment rooms on the upper parts.

Steve Cullis, Associate Director of Williams Gunter Hardwick, is co-ordinating the search for the first premises. “Ideally this would be in the vicinity of the Bristol Royal Infirmary which is close to the Oncology Centre and has good public transport links. But equally we would look at suburban locations such as Clifton Village, Cotham Hill, Gloucester Road, Henleaze, Westbury on Trym and Whiteladies Road.

“Accessibility, transport links and nearby parking with be important factors,” he says, “and we also have an upper limit to the rent of £30,000 a year.

“If we can prove that this novel template can work, we will then extend our search for premises that could host further centres locally.”

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