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 the Charity’s manager. She completed her nurse training in Northern Ireland in 1994 and brings with her many years of nursing experience. Gráinne moved to Gibraltar in 2011 and joined the Charity in 2013 as the first employee the newly established Cancer Day Centre and it’s Centre Nurse with the responsibility for developing and delivering its clinical services. Since then, under her management, the Charity’s team of staff and service provision has grown into the one we have today. Gráinne is responsible for the general operations of the Charity and the overall management of the Centre and its services. Together with the Centre’s team she works closely with external stakeholders to continue to development services to meet client needs and help shape the future vision for the Charity as a whole.
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.
Kate Howarth joined the Cancer Relief team in 2013 as one of our Cancer Relief Nurses. She currently works part time. Kate completed her nurse training in the UK in 2002 and since then 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, including in the community, at home, hospital and hospice. Later in her career Kate specialised as a chemotherapy nurse, she currently uses this knowledge and skills to offer support, advice and information regarding all cancer treatments and possible side effects. As well as the physical problems cancer or its treatments may cause, Kate aims to support you through the emotional, psychological and social impact that cancer can have on you and your family. More recently Kate has trained in the complementary therapy process ‘HEARTS’ and looks forward to providing this service to all service users at the Cancer Relief Centre.
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.
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.