Impact Report 2022/23

The Mulberry Centre reached a significant milestone in 2022, commemorating its 21st Birthday of providing support to individuals affected by cancer. Since we opened our doors, we take immense pride in having supported over 15,000 people. As we marked our 21st Birthday, it was a special occasion to reflect on the remarkable achievements we have accomplished as a charity and express our heartfelt gratitude to all who have played a pivotal role in our journey so far.  Sadly, statistics show that 1 in 2 of us will experience cancer in our lives and as the rate of cancer diagnoses rises, so do the numbers looking for our support. As a charity, we are dedicated to ensuring that our services are accessible to all, and so we provide them free of charge. Our team consists of compassionate and knowledgeable staff members, complemented by the invaluable contributions of 134 skilled volunteers. Together, they are committed to delivering the highest standard of care and support to those in need.

We are faced with the challenge of raising approximately £700,000 each year to keep up with the growing demand for our services. We firmly believe that no one should face the daunting journey of cancer alone, and that is why we are committed to expanding our efforts. We are profoundly grateful for the unwavering support and dedication of our diverse community of supporters, which includes both our longstanding donors and new supporters who have joined our cause. Their generosity, whether they are organisations, compassionate individuals, or selfless volunteers, plays an integral role in our ability to carry out our mission and make a lasting impact in the lives of those affected by cancer.

We’re excited about expanding our team with new staff members, bringing fresh perspectives and expertise to our organisation. This growth paves the way for exciting developments and plans in 2023 and beyond, including the expansion of our services out of the centre and into the community. Aligned with our new five-year strategic plan, our first-year priorities include enhancing our services and forging stronger collaborative partnerships. A key aspect is the development of ‘The Mulberry Way,’ a comprehensive framework guiding our support and care for individuals affected by cancer. Additionally, we eagerly anticipate launching our complementary therapies education and training programme. This programme will not only enhance our ability to provide holistic care but also foster partnerships within the healthcare community. Our commitment to excellence in facilities and services has been recognised by the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark Award, demonstrating our dedication to providing an exceptional environment for those seeking support at The Mulberry Centre.

None of our achievements would be possible without our incredible donors, staff, dedicated volunteers, and trustees. We thank them all for their hard work and commitment, and with their help, we will continue to support anyone affected by cancer. We hope you enjoy reading about the difference The Mulberry Centre has made this year.

Welcome to our new Impact Report which can be viewed here.