The Pink Place Cancer Charity Basingstoke

About Us

cancer support group based in & around North Hampshire

Formed out of Experience

The Pink Place was founded in 2010 by Julia Dingwall and Janis Taylor, two local ladies who spotted the need for this kind of compassionate support in the Basingstoke area.

Julia, diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, had her hair cut and was cared for during and after treatment by her friend Janis, owner of Taylors Hair and Beauty Salon.

Pink Place started in 2011
'A warm, friendly, calm and welcoming environment, away from the stresses of a clinical hospital'

The Pink Place Environment

Julia and Janis decided they wanted a local centre, away from the clinical hospital environment. The Pink Place was created as a friendly, warm and welcoming environment. 

It opened its doors to its first guests on 13th September 2010, initially offering (free of charge) therapies, support and advice to ladies with breast cancer. This later expanded to ladies with any form of cancer and eventually to men too through The Blue Space.

Comments from our NHS Clinicians

Kevin Harris

Kevin Harris

Consultant Surgeon (Oncoplastic Breast, Endocrine & General)

Patron of The Pink Place, Kevin officially opened the charity in 2010 and its new premises in 2014
Andrew Bishop

Andrew Bishop​

Chief Medical Officer, Hampshire Hospitals

When you have cancer, it affects your body, your mind and your heart. Sometimes the body is the easiest part to heal.

At the Pink Place and Blue Space, people find somewhere with the support they need to help with the difficult job of healing their heads and hearts. This is important work and they are special people.

Rosie Stanton

Mrs Rosie Stanton​

Consultant Breast and Reconstructive Surgeon, Hampshire Hospitals​

The Pink Place provides the support that our cancer patients and their partners need, in a friendly and welcoming environment.

Meeting other people who have cancer and receiving gentle therapies such as massage and counselling is an important part of recovery after a cancer diagnosis. The breast team at Basingstoke are very grateful that this superb facility is available in our local area.

Meet our Pink Place Team

Angela Lush

Angela Lush

Counsellor

Christine Griffiths

Christine Griffiths

Business & Fundraising Manager (Staff)

Nicola Middleton

Nicola Middleton

Therapist Manager (Staff)

Kay Alsop

Kay Alsop

Operations Manager (Staff)

History of The Pink Place​

Official opening

Kevin Harris Performs The Pink Place official opening and the first Pink Place guests arrive for Wellbeing sessions

August 2010

Registered Charity

The Pink Place is first registered as a charity

August 2013

All types of cancer

The Pink Place expands to include all ladies’ cancers

September 2013

Award winning

The Pink Place wins ‘The Place to be Proud Of’ health and care awards

June 2014

On the move

The Pink Place moves to its own premises

July 2014

The Blue Space

Blue Space is started up offering cancer support to men

September 2016

Award winning Blue Space

Blue Space receives health and care award

June 2017

Secondary cancers

The Pink Place Support Group established for secondary cancers

February 2018

New branch in Alton

Alton based Pink Place support group is set up

May 2019

Support during COVID

The Pink Place start Zoom sessions within a week of lockdown to keep guests connected and informed throughout the lockdowns and beyond

2020

Move to The Orchard, Basingstoke

The charity moved to its new location at The Orchard, in Basingstoke Town Centre.

2022

Wellbeing Sessions at Bowls Club

Our Wednesday sessions moved to Howard Park Bowls Club

2023

Your Support

Donate

We rely on donations for our support services, so if you would like to help us then please donate.

Volunteer

Could you spare a few hours as a one off or once or twice a month?