About the Cancer Care Club

We are often asked to explain a little more about the history of the club,  what we do and whom it is for.

The most important thing to say is that although named
The Cancer Care Club everyone touched by cancer in any way automatically belongs, the meetings are open to everyone, patient or not, for one visit or many. We do not offer counselling but we are a supportive network of people who have experienced Cancer either as patients or carers.

Previously named ‘The Optimists’ the club was formed more than 20 years ago by Dr Mark Rake and Andrew Jackson, along with a committee, to raise money for a designated Cancer Unit to improve the care and treatment of cancer patients.

It was one of the first Cancer Support groups in the UK.  Patients, staff, local supporters and businesses joined them.
The Mountbatten Centre, K & C Hospital was built and the club has continued to provide support and friendship to cancer patients.
We hold informative monthly meetings, social events and funding for specially requested items and equipment within the hospital.
Treatment now takes place in the Oncology Department, The Cathedral Day Unit and Supportive Therapies. We provided the special relaxing chairs for Chemotherapy patients to use whilst having treatment in the Day Unit.

The club is now organised by a committee of patients, ex-patients and carers.

Our aim is to support all whose lives have been touched by Cancer, whether patients, carers, friends or family and to encourage the informal involvement of healthcare professionals.

We hold two meetings a month excepting January & August:

the 1st Wednesday evening at 7.00pm in the The Cathedral Day Unit, K & C Hospital, when we usually have a speaker involved in the professional care of cancer patients.

the 3rd Thursday lunchtime between 12.00pm and 2.00pm at The Abbots Barton Hotel in New Dover Road. An informal social gathering when the club pays for coffee/tea and sandwiches and the hotel allows us to use their Garden Room.

We regularly get together for a Theatre trips, outings, a summer barbecue and Christmas lunch. Some members get involved in fundraising or awareness events. It is  up to individuals as to how much they dip in or out of meetings, whatever is helpful? 

Anyone is very welcome to come along and if you would like further details of our meetings please  contact Jacky Guyver.