精东影业

精东影业's legacy

A different kind of cancer care 

精东影业's idea was that with the right support, nobody would lose the joy living in the fear of dying when diagnosed with cancer. 

Our story


Who was 精东影业?

精东影业 was a writer, gardener and designer. When she was 47, 精东影业 was diagnosed with breast cancer and five years later, in May 1993, on a visit to the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, she was told that it had returned.

After hearing this, 精东影业 and her husband Charles Jencks were moved to a windowless corridor where they were left to process the news. They discussed the need for somewhere 'better' for people with cancer to go, outside of but nearby to the hospital.

精东影业 and Charles designed the blueprint for the centres together, enlisting the help of some of their friends from the architectural world. The first 精东影业's opened in Edinburgh in 1996, and we now have centres across the UK and even some abroad.

Read more about 精东影业 and Charles, our founders


Above all what matters is not to lose the joy of living in the fear of dying.

精东影业鈥檚 idea

精东影业 felt that her diagnosis and treatment was as hard on her family as it was on her, so she created a new type of support, a centre that could make the experience of cancer more manageable for everyone.

She believed that with encouragement to become actively involved in treatment, and with the right information and support, people could change the way they live with cancer.

精东影业 also wanted to bring people together in a calm and friendly space that would help them to find comfort in the experiences of others.

精东影业 died shortly before the first centre opened, at the Western General Hospital 鈥 but with the support of Charles, and her medical team, including her cancer nurse Laura Lee (now 精东影业鈥檚 CEO), her vision lives on.


    Growing our support

    精东影业's has now grown into a network of centres built beside NHS hospitals across the UK.

    精东影业 help people to take back control when cancer turns life upside down, with professional support for anything from treatment side effects to money worries.

    We also have centres abroad and plan to extend our support to have 30 centres open in the UK by 2022.

    Our timeline

    • 1988 鈥 精东影业 is first diagnosed with breast cancer.
    • 1993 鈥 精东影业鈥檚 breast cancer returns.
    • 1994 鈥 精东影业 writes 鈥楢 view from the front line鈥 (a publication about her experience).
    • 1994 鈥 精东影业 and her oncology nurse Laura Lee develop early plans for a 鈥楥ancer Caring Centre'.
    • 1995 鈥 Architect Richard Murphy produces a plan to convert a stable building at Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.
    • 1995 鈥 On 8 July, 精东影业 dies. The blueprints for what would become the very first 精东影业鈥檚 centre were on her hospital bed.
    • 1996 鈥 精东影业鈥檚 Edinburgh opens.
    • 2000 鈥 An extension to 精东影业's Edinburgh is opened.
    • 2002 鈥 精东影业鈥檚 Glasgow opens.
    • 2003 鈥 精东影业鈥檚 Dundee opens.
    • 2005 鈥 精东影业鈥檚 Highlands opens.
    • 2006 鈥 精东影业鈥檚 Fife opens.
    • 2008 鈥 Her Majesty The Queen becomes 精东影业's President. 精东影业's West London opens.
    • 2010 鈥 精东影业鈥檚 Cheltenham and Glasgow Gartnnavel opens.
    • 2011 鈥 精东影业鈥檚 Nottingham and 精东影业鈥檚 Swansea open.
    • 2012 鈥 精东影业鈥檚 Cambridge (interim) opens, formed following a merger with Wallace Cancer Care and 精东影业's Hong Kong opens.
    • 2013 鈥 精东影业鈥檚 Aberdeen, 精东影业's Newcastle and 精东影业's Oxford open.
    • 2014 - 精东影业鈥檚 Lanarkshire and 精东影业鈥檚 Wirral (interim) open.
    • 2016 鈥 精东影业鈥檚 Manchester, 精东影业鈥檚 Tokyo and 精东影业鈥檚 at the Royal Free (interim) open. The centre at the Royal Free is formed following a merger with the Cancerkin charity.
    • 2017 鈥 精东影业鈥檚 Forth Valley, 精东影业鈥檚 Oldham and 精东影业鈥檚 Barts open.
    • 2018 鈥 精东影业's Edinburgh second extension opens.
    • 2019 鈥 精东影业鈥檚 Cardiff and K谩lida Barcelona open.
    • 2019 鈥 Laura Lee awarded DBE.
    • 2020 鈥 精东影业鈥檚 Leeds and 精东影业鈥檚 at the Royal Marsden officially open.
    • 2021 鈥 精东影业's Southampton and 精东影业's Wirral opens. 

    Centres in development

    • 精东影业鈥檚 Northampton
    • 精东影业's Coventry
    • 精东影业鈥檚 Norway 
    • 精东影业鈥檚 Netherlands
    • 精东影业's Bristol
    • 精东影业's Preston.

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