Charlie’s is so special because of all our brilliant team
– director, therapists, helpers.
Without their tireless support and their selfless generosity we wouldn’t be where we are today.
We can be proud of the community we have built, the people we have helped and everything we have achieved together.
Read Jo’s story…
I was aged only 31 when I found a lump and was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. As soon as you find a lump you think the worst but the diagnosis still comes as quite a shock.
The following nine months were filled with surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and an endless schedule of appointments.
I was blessed with amazing support from my family and friends, but once you get into a routine of appointments, everyone else goes back to their lives understandably. I felt that my family could of done with some emotional support but at the time there was nothing available.
My sense of loss came after all my appointments had come to an end, your initially elated as you’ve reached the end, but you are not sure what to do next, not sure who you are without the cancer (it defines you for a while) and returning to work felt so frightening. I was not the same person, cancer had changed me.
Over the next couple of years, I left my job and retrained as a Holistic Therapist specialising in Reiki something I had always had an interest in. Reiki really helped me to understand who I was again and find inner peace.
In 2014 I was chatting to some friends about how lovely it would be to have somewhere to go so others didn’t feel quite so lost. So in March 2014 Charlie’s opened its first session………….
I have now been in remission for 13 years but “cancer completely changed my life”. But my life changed for the better, leading me to opening Charlie’s to help others cope with the effects of living with cancer.
– Joanne x
“Charlie’s is that friend on the sofa you can have a chat with when you are facing tough times”
– Jo Sutherland (Charlie’s Founder)
Meet our lovely team.
Charlie’s has a great team of volunteers that enable us to operate every day, providing support on many levels. We have a team of Therapists, Meet and Greeters, Helpers, Lunch time Helpers, Events team, and many friends available with a shoulder to lean on.
Without the support of our many volunteers Charlie’s would not be able to operate. We are very grateful to each and everyone for the time they dedicate to helping people.
Children Youth Leader