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.
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.
Consultant Surgeon (Oncoplastic Breast, Endocrine & General)
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.
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.
Business & Fundraising Manager (Staff)
Therapist Manager (Staff)
Operations Manager (Staff)
Kevin Harris Performs The Pink Place official openingAugust 2010
First Pink Place breast cancer guests arrive for wellbeing sessionsAugust 2010
The Pink Place is first registered as a charityAugust 2013
The Pink Place expands to include all ladies’ cancersSeptember 2013
The Pink Place wins ‘The Place to be Proud Of’ health and care awardsJune 2014
The Pink Place moves to its own premisesJuly 2014
Blue Space is started up offering cancer support to menSeptember 2016
Blue Space receives health and care awardJune 2017
Inspire Business Awards adopts The Pink Place as its charityNovember 2017
The Pink Place Support Group established for secondary cancersFebruary 2018
Alton based Pink Place support group is set upMay 2019
The charity moved to its new location at The Orchard, in Basingstoke Town Centre.2022
Our Wednesday sessions moved to Howard Park Bowls Club2023
We rely on donations for our support services, so if you would like to help us then please donate.
Could you spare a few hours as a one off or once or twice a month?