Coronavirus Notice

Covid-19 and the impact it has had on our fundraising events meant that the Nearer to Home build had been temporarily suspended. However we can now announce that building work will commence in June with the project to be completed in late 2021/early 2022 and our fundraising will continue with this aim. Donations would be welcomed and can be made at fundraise.big-c.co.uk.

Nearer To Home

Help us build a new cancer support centre in Norwich

Our vision to bring greater cancer care nearer to home.

At Big C, we see first hand the impact cancer has on individuals, families, friends and communities across Norfolk & Waveney. Since 1980 we have been dedicated to the fight again cancer and today, we help thousands of people across our county and beyond.

We are the only organisation offering specialised, community-based cancer support centres in Norfolk, with centres at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH), in Kings Lynn, Great Yarmouth and Gorleston.

Living with cancer can have a devastating effect on mental and physical health, and can impact on relationships, finances, workplace, and family life.

Every year more than 8,000 people in Norfolk & Waveney will be told that they have cancer and many more are living with the effects every day.

22,319 visits were made to our centres in 2019
and the number of visits will continue to increase.

Added to this now, delays to cancer diagnoses and treatment due to the Covid 19 pandemic have been well documented and national health strategies make clear the urgent need for increased community-based support.

These are the reasons why we launched our ‘Nearer to Home’ appeal.

We are building a new Cancer Support & Information Centre in the centre of Norwich.

Help us create a space that will change lives.

Working with Norwich based architects, Purcell, we are repurposing an existing building on Dereham Road in Norwich.

We will provide a building with …

  • a light, calming central seating area
  • private rooms for one-to-one counselling
  • a bright space for group activities
  • and a sensory well-being garden


Once launched, the centre will provide services for emotional support including:

  • counselling, support groups, time with our registered nurses, complementary therapies,
  • bereavement and palliative care support
  • practical support such as welfare rights advice or headwear options
  • individually tailored health and fitness programmes
  • a cancer information library


All Big C services are accessible for patients, carers, family, friends and free of charge.

We need your support.

To make this vision a reality, we need you. Every pound donated to the appeal will go directly to the development of this vital new Centre to support local people in the heart of the Norwich community.

With your help we have already raised £730,000 for the building work to commence. The builders are now on site: Building work begins at Dereham Road

But we need to continue fundraising …
To complete the build and for the fixtures and fittings and all the finishing touches, so that the Centre can open early in 2022 and welcome people through the doors.

NEW: Donate via our Just Giving campaign: Big C Nearer to Home Appeal

Will this replace your existing Norwich Centre?

No, our existing Norwich centre in the grounds of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital will still be there.

We know that it is not always easy for people to visit our centre at the hospital, or they do not wish to return to the hospital once they have finished treatment.

This is why the new Norwich Centre will work alongside our existing Centre, to ensure that everyone affected by cancer in Norwich and the surrounding area has access to the best care and support, close to the community, where and when they need us most.

Aviva £1,000
Notre Dame High School £1,750
LILAC - Ladies In League Against Cancer £40,000
Yvonne Flux Charitable Trust £500
Howard Curtis £200
Screwfix Foundation £10,000
Broadland District Council £3,583Council Chairman Karen Vincent raised £3583 after selecting Big C as her chosen charity for 2019/20
Christine Fuller £100
Moncrieff Trust £1,000
Hazel Dodgson £50
Alex Loyd £63
Susan Fulcher £50
Rhinedd Toms £100
Fine City Transporters Norfolk £560
Village of Rockland St Mary £805
The Pennycress Trust £500
R C Snelling Charitable Trust £5,000
Higham Trust £3,000
Childwick Trust£15,000
Norwich Consolidated Charities£100,000
Jon Humphreys £50
Garfield Weston Foundation £30,000
Jarrolds £2,000
Norfolk County Council Social Infrastructure Fund £214,285
The Bernard Sunley Foundation £10,000
Geoffrey Watling Charity £15,000
Yellow Brick Mortgages Ltd £2,950
Howes Percival LLP £15,000
Katie Noble£100Big C has been such a support to both of my parents through their battles with cancer. Dad passed last Christmas but we still have Mum. We feel such gratitude for all that Big C and it's people have provided.
Glenys Cavill£40
Michael Kirby£20
Sue Mills£100
Thomas Mills£5
Matthew Gissing£50Great work Katie keep it going love all at Eastern Hose
Karen Malcolm£1,000
anonymous donor£50
anonymous donor£10
K Turner£20
Julie and David Waite, Nicola and Rebecca £100In loving memory of Nicolas Sutton
Glenny McAndie£170Donations generously given by friends and family in return for jars of home-made marmalade!
Weston Equestrian Centre £1,440
Taylor Woodrow – Norwich Crown Point Depot £75
Emma Lawer£30
Rosemary Smith£10
anonymous donor£20
Gorleston Golf Club - Women's Division £5,000
MG Owners Club £210
Linda and Martin £500
Woodside School in Hethersett £552
Away Days Vintage Bus £1,400Raised from our Norwich Christmas Tours
Lisa Howes£5
anonymous donor£20
Alison Aldrich£5
anonymous donor£50
anonymous donor£20
anonymous donor£50I have lost too many dear friends to this dreadful disease and this centre will help sufferers and their families to cope better.
Tristan Hinchliffe£5
Oaktree Partnership£350In lieu of sending out Christmas Cards this year.
anonymous donor£200
anonymous donor£10I would like to donate to the nearer to home appeal as it will make such a difference to me as I have to get 4 buses to the Norfolk & Norwich, I have cancer so not every day is good, so this will be lovely Linda
Greg Munford£150
Linda Chandler£10For my daughters
anonymous donor£133
Jason and Joanne Lawrence£450Wedding Day Donations to Nearer to Home
Mr & Mrs Shorten £300Wedding Anniversary donation
Diane £100
Brian Taylor£1,100
Hazel £101
Cromer Craft Ladies £400
Capron and Helliwel £2,000
Harry £2,221
Christine Humphries£20
Bernice Jobling£10
Maggie Pogmore£20
anonymous donor£50
Barbara Wilson£40
anonymous donor£10
Sara Durrant£20
Michael Fox£5The Big C has been a tremendous support to me and all those suffering from cancer including their carers.
Wroxham and Bure Valley Rotary Club £1,000
anonymous donor£20
Eloise Bowles£600A massive thank you to everyone that bought dresses and helped raise £600 for this charity. Elly 🤗👗
Rachel Lane Fund £5,000
anonymous donor£50
Jarrold Retail£10,000Jarrold is thrilled to help ensure that more people in Norwich can benefit from Big C’s fantastic services
Bhimduth Ramseebaluck£50This is a well deserving cause
Greg Pye£10
Breckland Council £3,875Chairman Richard Duffield raised £3875.18 after selecting Big C as his chosen charity for during 2018/19.

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