The Pink Place was founded in 2010 by Julia Dingwall and Janis Taylor, two local ladies who spotted the need for this kind of support in the Basingstoke area. Julia, diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, had her hair cut and cared for during and after treatment by Janis, her friend, and owner of Taylors Hair and Beauty Salon. This made a very positive difference to Julia’s confidence and the idea for The Pink Place grew from this.
Julia and Janis decided they would like to have a local centre, away from the hospital, offering free of charge therapies and services to people with breast cancer. Janis was happy to provide the use of Taylor’s on Monday’s and so on 2nd August 2010 The Pink Place was officially opened by Kevin Harris, consultant at the Breast Care Unit Basingstoke and has the support of the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The Pink Place opened its doors to its first guests on 13th September 2010, opening alternate Mondays, since September 2013 we are opening every Monday. In April 2013 we launched our Wonderful Wigs service with high quality wigs and offering free fitting, cutting and styling.
In August 2013 we acheived charity status and our charity number is 1153494.
In July 2014 after a long search for the right site - we moved to 3 Wote Street. There followed three months of frantic remodelling to ensure we were ready for our VIP Opening in September 2014 when Kevin Harris cut the ribbon once again. The new premises has two floors and we are excited with the new opportunities this opens up.
From March 2015, in addition to our weekly Monday sessions, we will be opening monthly on Tuesdays for a Tuesday Pink PLace session too!
Also in 2015 we started monthly Wednesday morning Coffee Mornings available on a drop-in basis to anyone with cancer.
Our vision to help men as well as women is becoming real as in Sept 2016 we started The Blue Space - Male cancer support services. Starting with a joint Partners Evenings - inviting people with cancer and their partners to the Pink Place for a bbq followed by seaparate talks for the men and women. This led in Oct 2016 to the start of a Men's Self Help Support Group for partners of people with cancer. In 2017 we will start evening sessions for men with cancer.
We rely on fundraising to run our sessions and move closer towards reaching our aims, if you would like to donate please click here.