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
anonymous donor£50
CY Szeto£100
Yellow Brick Mortgages Ltd £2,950
Howes Percival LLP £15,000
James Smith£10
Michael Kirby£20
Andrew Fisher£20
Claire Mander£600This is money raised by the Norwich Younger Womens Breast Cancer support group. We are donating it to Big C because you have supported so many of us during our treatment for breast cancer.
Carole Black£20
Dallas Smith£50
Lisa Howes£40Funds donated for my crochet rainbows. Thanks to Elaine Day, Jackie Aghabi, Emma Wilson, Sandra Sillett & Jo Bradley x
anonymous donor£10
Thomas Mills£5
Karen Malcolm£1,000
anonymous donor£20
anonymous donor£10
K Turner£20
Julie and David Waite, Nicola and Rebecca £100In loving memory of Nicolas Sutton
Weston Equestrian Centre £1,440
Emma Lawer£30
Rosemary Smith£10
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
anonymous donor£100
Clare Fancy-McGhee£20Donation for Miss Cicely Fancy as requested for her Christmas present
Gemma Breen£50
anonymous donor£20
anonymous donor£10
anonymous donor£50
Karen Rix£20
Carolyn Truss£50My husband has recently started treatment at the Colney Centre & we have visited the centre at N&N, which we are finding so welcoming & helpful, thank you.
anonymous donor£110A Gift from Erpingham Coffee Club.
Oaktree Partnership£350In lieu of sending out Christmas Cards this year.
anonymous donor£23
Sherise Nappin£100On behalf of our beautiful friend Di, thank you for supporting her at this difficult time. From Di's fellow secret santa girls. - ip21 xxx You are amazing Di and we wanted to show our support xxx
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
Linda Chandler£10
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
anonymous donor£185
anonymous donor£10
Bernice Jobling£10Having seen my daughter in Australia helped by having amenities such as this I know how much it means to all the family.
Laraine Kuntze£50
Maggie Pogmore£20
M E Bye£1,000
Iris Day£10
anonymous donor£10
Michael Fox£5
National Citizen Scheme Students £125
Wroxham and Bure Valley Rotary Club £1,000
Cecilia Nowak£30
anonymous donor£20
Eloise Bowles£600
Rachel Lane Fund £5,000
anonymous donor£50An extremely worthy cause.
anonymous donor£1,000
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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