Our history

Winchester and Eastleigh Cancer Support is run voluntarily by survivors, for survivors affected by any type of Cancer. Its main aim is to provide a safe haven where people can get together and talk about whatever is on their mind. Originally the group was called Winchester and District Living with Breast Cancer Group. It was founded by one of its surviving members, Anita Clark, who had Lymphodema following a
conversation with Ginny Straker a former breast care nurse at The Royal Hampshire County Hospital. Ginny mentioned to Anita whether she would consider starting a group for those living with Breast Cancer in the area. A local vicar from Christ Church at the time, Eddie Shirras, kindly offered that the group could meet at the church for free! Ginny organised the first Breast Cancer Support meeting
on the 3rd Dec 1987 and it ran for many years. This group has now evolved into Winchester and
Eastleigh Cancer Support group and Jackie Evans, Sandie Evans, Mary Morton and Linda Bett currently run the groups in both these areas. They also administer a Whatsapp group chat which was created during lockdown.