Welcome to the Cancer Relief Centre. We have been providing support to people living with cancer in the community for over 30 years. Here at the Centre, we understand that a diagnosis of cancer can be a life-changing event and we can help. All our services are free and are aimed at helping you and your family live life to the full. We are also here to support health care professionals in their roles. The Centre’s services can be used by anyone affected by cancer, whether it is for a one-off chat or more continued support. We offer a warm, welcoming environment where you can always find someone to talk to, whatever your needs.
We are open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). If you would like to use the Centre services or would like more information about us and what we do, our details are as follows:
Cancer Relief Centre
5, South Barrack Road
(Opposite GBC, behind Schomberg, we are in the old BFBS building)
Telephone: (00350) 20042392
MEET THE TEAM
Gráinne McKenna is our Cancer Relief Centre nurse manager. She completed her nurse training in Northern Ireland in 1994 and brings with her many years of nursing experience, through her work in a variety of fields. Her last 12 years was spent focusing on the speciality of Neurosciences and Neuro Oncology at The Royal London Hospital where, during her preceding years, she carried out the role of the Unit Manager. Gráinne moved to Gibraltar in 2011 and joined the Charity in 2013. She manages the daily running of the Centre and its services. More importantly, Gráinne will usually be the first person you chat to at the Centre so that she can best tailor our services to your needs. She works closely with GHA healthcare professionals, as well as external treatment centres and will co-ordinate and liaise with other specialists involved in your care as the need arises. She is always available for information, advice and support.
Daniela Ayre is our Hospice at Home Nurse. Daniela achieved her basic studies in healthcare in 2002 and returned to education in 2010 to achieve a 1st class distinction degree in Nursing. She has worked in healthcare and nursing for over 12 years, starting off her career in health promotion and then transitioning into nursing. Daniela has worked in many different fields, but has focused on palliative and end of life care. Her passion for caring for people at home with chronic and terminal illnesses, led her to work in homecare, supporting families and patients in the last stages of life. Daniela joined the Cancer Relief Team on the 1st October 2014, as the Hospice at Home Nurse, providing respite and end of life care to cancer patients who wish to be cared for in their home. Daniela works closely with the GHA palliative care team, supporting and providing holistic care to palliative patients within the community.
Linda Cooper is one of our hospice at home nurses. She completed her nurse training as a mature student in the UK in 2003, fulfilling her ambition to become a nurse. Linda worked for 18 months in a large teaching hospital then, following her passion for oncology nursing, joined the Royal Marsden Hospital in 2005. she continued her education and gained her Diploma in Cancer Nursing. Linda worked at the Royal Marsden for 8 1/2 years caring for patients receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy, gaining knowledge and skills in many different cancers, ultimately earning a promotion to senior staff nurse. Linda then moved into the field of palliative care nursing and worked in St Raphael’s Hospice in Surrey, caring for people with life limiting disease. Linda gained the European Certificate in Essential Palliative Care and became experienced in symptom control and end of life care. Linda joined the Cancer Relief team in July 2015, supporting patients and families throughout their cancer journey, treating everyone as an individual, providing advice, support, respite and end of life care. Linda works closely with the GHA palliative care team, district nurses and GPs to provide quality care for all.
Rowena Wallace is the Centre’s administrator. After obtaining a BA in Psychology, Rowena went on to work in the clinical trials pharmacy in Southampton University Hospital Trust, working closely with the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research and major drug companies to conduct research in over 200 trials. Before her return to Gibraltar, she worked briefly as clinical trial co-ordinator in the paediatric cancer ward, ensuring the smooth and efficient running of all children’s cancer trials in the hospital. Keen to continue working within the cancer community, Rowena joined Cancer Relief in 2014. Her main aim is to ensure all your interactions with the Centre are positive and smooth and she will usually be the first person you contact.
Kate Howarth is our part-time Oncology Support Nurse. She left a career in legal services to retrain as a nurse and completed her nurse training in the UK in 2002. She has dedicated her nursing life to caring for people with cancer. Throughout her career she has provided holistic support to patients and their families in a variety of care settings in the community or home, hospital and hospice. Kate specialised as a chemotherapy nurse at The Christie Hospital, Manchester, for the latter part of her career and aims to offer support, advice and information regarding all cancer treatments and possible side effects.
At her Cancer Support Clinic, Kate may offer practical advice and information on preventing or managing chemotherapy and radiotherapy related side effects; such as nausea, dietary information, how to care for your mouth & skin etc. She works closely with The Palliative Care Team, Nurse Specialists and other Health Professionals at St. Bernard’s Hospital. As well as the physical problems cancer or treatments may cause, Kate aims to support you through the emotional, psychological and social impact that Cancer can have on you and your family.
Kate has also recently completed training in the HEARTS Process and looks forward to offering it to all service users.
Juliet Piris retired from her Marine Oil Brokering business over 16 years ago and decided to pursue her interest in Holistic Therapies.
Juliet trained in Aromatherapy massage, Swedish massage, Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Indian Head Massage. She studied anatomy and physiology, essential oils (their use and history) and Bach Flower Remedies. During this period she also studied Reiki hands on healing and eventually became a Reiki Master.
In 2010 she offered her services to Gibraltar Cancer Relief and has been working with us ever since. With the help of the charity, Juliet completed further training at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London. She finds her work extremely rewarding and feels blessed that her pathway has led her to work with cancer patients and make a difference.
Pauline Belshaw was born in Lancaster, Pauline has travelled the world with the Army as a wife. After a career focusing on children and families, Pauline decided it was time for a change 13 years ago and began training as a complementary therapist. This allowed her to carry on working with families but in new directions. In 2010, Pauline completed further training at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London to enable her to work more specifically with cancer patients and their families. She joined Cancer Relief in 2012.
Pauline has now lived in Gibraltar for ten years and is a brilliant crafter in her spare time.
Madeline Andlaw has many years of experience as a professional counsellor. She trained in the U.K. and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling in 2005 at Thames Valley University, London.
Accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy she has been a member of the BACP since 2001. Specializing in Bereavement Counselling she provided services for the borough of Ealing London, attended workshops at St. Christopher’s Hospice, Sydenham and provided general counselling as part of Ealing Abbey Counselling Service before returning to Gibraltar.
Arriving back in Gibraltar in 2005, Madeline has worked in the private sector focusing mainly on Bereavement, Couple and Family Therapy. She has led bereavement workshops at Bayside School and has been interviewed about personal loss on the radio. In 2010 Madeline was appointed as Bereavement Counsellor for the Lady Williams Centre, where she leads group therapy workshops and one to one counselling.
The service of Bereavement Counselling is offered to those who have lost someone to cancer. Madeline’s role is to try to effectively help the families who are struggling to cope with the pain of their loss. Helping them work through their emotional turmoil and adjust to a life without their loved ones.
Elizabeth Smith is our volunteer hairstylist. Despite having worked in the hairdressing industry for many years and owning two award winning salons in the UK , she felt helpless when her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer and lost her hair. Elizabeth discovered “My New Hair” a charity run by celebrity hairdresser Trevor Sorbie, to assist clients facing this trauma. She completed the training and became a “My New Hair” stylist. Since moving to Gibraltar, Elizabeth has helped set up a solo salon at the Centre to see clients facing hair loss during treatment.
Elizabeth is available for wig fittings and wig trimming as well as advice on hair regrowth and styling.
The Cancer Relief Centre is part of the Gibraltar Society for Cancer Relief (GSCR), a charity registered under the Friendly Societies ordinance as charity number 38.
The Society is currently made up of 3 trustees, 3 council members and one secretary, who each bring their own experience and expertise to the running of the society. The trustee board meet once a month to discuss on-going operational needs, concerns and future plans. There is an annual general meeting, usually held at the beginning of summer. Dates are advertised in local media so society members can attend. We currently have 180 members and subscription is open to all. Click here to download a subscription form.