As most of you will now know, this year is an even more special year for The Mulberry Centre as we are celebrating its 21st Birthday. Let us share with you how we got started, how you have been helping us celebrate and ways you can continue to support us today.
Our 21st Birthday
On the 2 July 2001, The Mulberry Centre opened its doors for the first time! In the 1990s, it was seen that West London needed a cancer support service – somewhere for anyone affected by a diagnosis of cancer could visit for information, advice, and support. West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust launched a major fundraising campaign under the banner of the Pulse Appeal, and building work started in 2000.
The Centre got its name from a local connection. The first Mulberry trees were imported to Britain by our neighbour at Syon House, the Duke of Northumberland. The tree is dedicated to the Goddess of Wisdom, Minerva. Most importantly for our mission, was that the mulberry tree can regenerate through it branches and leaves.
On 1 August 2005, The Mulberry Centre became an independent charity, with its own Board of Trustees. This development allowed further scope for fundraising and enabled the Centre to gain strategic control over its development and partnerships. Ties with the West Middlesex University Hospital continue to be strong today. Over the last 21 years, we have supported and improved the wellbeing of more than 15,000 people. None of this would have been possible without the amazing support of all our volunteers, donors, funders, partners, staff, and other supporters over the years.
Today, our charity is still needed more than ever with one in two people likely to have cancer at some point in their lives. Many people deferred getting screened during the pandemic, and treatments/operations were delayed. We are seeing an increase in the need for services, as people come forward for testing, and are often being diagnosed with more advanced stage cancers. Our counselling and other support services are there to help people come to terms with their new situation. To deliver our critical services, we need to raise over £530,000 in charitable donations and grants each year.
We have been heartened by all the support we have received so far in our 21st Birthday Year and the personal fundraising efforts made by our supporters as part of our 21 Challenge and the great support at our recent Gala Concert in May. We hope that you will be able to continue your support, in whatever way you can, to help people cope with the impact of cancer in their lives and improve their wellbeing.
We have set up a
21st Birthday Fundraiser
If you would like to make The Mulberry Centre a special donation gift to mark our coming of age please click here.
Thank you for your
Celebration gift for The Mulberry Centre’s coming of age at 21