A ROMSEY cancer charity has already planned to mark its 25th anniversary in style after this year's celebration was delayed by coronavirus.

Staff at the Romsey Cancer Support Centre, Jane Scarth House, will celebrate the milestone anniversary with a silver ball on October 2 2021 - a month before the charity's 26th anniversary on November 14.

The glitz and glamour event is planned to go ahead at the Concorde Club in Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh.

Founder of the charity, Kim Fielder, reflected on this year's milestone, saying: "I never imagined 25-years-ago I would be celebrating a jubilee year, so this is my opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has made this possible.

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"For the wonderful celebrations, fun times, and for your steadfastness through the challenging times.

"You have all contributed to making my vision a reality, which continues to thrive in the safe hands of Romsey Cancer Support Centre’s trustees, staff and volunteers."

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Chair of Romsey Cancer Support Centre, Jane Scarth House, Bridget Brook, said: "I’ve always followed the progress of this special Romsey-based charity, but it was only six years ago when there was the danger of closure that I came forward to ask if I could be involved in any way.

"What a six years it’s been forming an independent charity, employing staff, recruiting volunteers for many different roles, fundraising, opening a new shop, moving centre venues and then 2020."

She added: "Being able to be present for people whose lives have been affected by cancer - whether they are the patient, the family or the carer - is something very special and necessary for many, and to be able to do all we do without charging the client remains a guiding principle of the charity."

This comes after the charity marked their anniversary this year with a silver butterfly trail from Saturday, October 24 to Saturday, October 31.

The aim of the trail was to spot 25 butterflies displayed in shop windows across the market town.

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