“We were all thrilled The Duke of Cornwall was able to join us for our celebration and to meet so many of those to whom we are indebted for making The Cove a reality,” said Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust’s Director of Cancer Services, Dr Bryson Pottinger. “The feedback we have had from patients and their families since The Cove opened has been overwhelmingly positive and we are delighted to at last be able to provide this essential element of cancer care.”
The Cove offers a purpose-built sanctuary for patients and their families, whether they are newly diagnosed with cancer, going through their treatment journey or need further support after their treatment as they move forward with their lives. It adds an essential element building on the excellent cancer treatment services that have long been available, providing a holistic approach to each individual’s needs, so that together we ensure no one faces cancer alone.
During his visit The Duke met with teenagers and young adults with cancer, who now have access to support from a dedicated specialist nurse at The Cove, as well as a group ladies taking part in a make-up and pampering session provided by volunteers from the Look Good, Feel Better charity.
The Cove is a partnership between RCHT, which runs the centre, and Macmillan Cancer Support. Macmillan has committed over £2 million to the development of the centre and the remaining £1 million was raised through Macmillan’s public appeal.
“It was a great pleasure to welcome The Duke of Cornwall to The Cove Macmillan Support Centre and to show him the vital support it provides to people affected by cancer in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Since it opened in November it has already helped more than 5,000 people,” said John Pearson, Executive Director of Cancer Support Operations, Macmillan Cancer Support. “We are grateful to The Duke, as patron of Macmillan, for his continued support for our work.”
The Cove includes an information and resources area; private rooms for discussion, welfare benefits advice, psychological support and a range of therapies; meeting space for local support groups and a café which is run by volunteers from The Friends of the Royal Cornwall Hospital.
The building’s was designed by ADP Architects in conjunction with the Macmillan Environments team and built by contractor, Kier. Patients were involved in the interior design from the outset and the construction includes environmentally friendly features, such as natural ventilation and high U-values to reduce energy consumption and meets BREEAM standards for sustainability.
Alongside the clinical and support staff at The Cove are a team of more 30 Friends of the Royal Cornwall Hospital volunteers who run the café and assist with reception and other duties.
At the end of the visit His Royal Highness spoke of his great appreciation for the staff and volunteers of Macmillan Cancer Support, of which he has been Patron for 20 years, and for huge difference they make through their constant support and fundraising.
His Royal Highness unveiled a commemorative plaque which has been hand-crafted in oak by skilled Cornish furniture-maker, Scott Woyka, to reflect the style of the bespoke fixtures Scott created for The Cove. The building has been highly commended in design awards and is enhanced by artworks from Cornish artists Kurt Jackson and Chelsea Holter. His Royal Highness was also presented with a small gift of Cornish goodies by 9 year old Chloe Radcliffe and 5 year old Jowan Butcher.
Kathryn Radcliffe, Manager at The Cove added, “It’s was a fabulous day and His Royal Highness’ visit is such a fitting tribute to everyone who has worked so hard to get The Cove up and running. Most importantly it has been a great opportunity to highlight the work of The Cove for the patients and their families who will be able to take advantage of the centre and the support we are here to provide.”
For more information on The Cove Macmillan Support Centre go to: https://www.royalcornwall.nhs.uk/services/cancer-services/the-cove/