Founded in 1980 as the Bristol Cancer Help Centre by Penny Brohn and her great friend Pat Pilkington to offer support to people living with cancer.
Penny was in her early thirties, married with three small children when her cancer was diagnosed. She travelled the world in search of the care she wanted but soon realised that this was not enough, what people in her situation – needed was “care for the mind, the spirit, the emotions, the heart and the soul”
The two women decided to develop this support system and the Bristol Cancer Help Centre was born.
The Charity started in the home of Pat and her husband Canon Pilkington. Following growing interest, including a BBC TV documentary series: “The Gentle Way with Cancer”, the charity expanded and moved in 1983 to Grove House in Clifton, Bristol which was opened by HRH The Prince of Wales, who also became the charity’s active Patron in 1997.
In 2006, the charity changed its name to Penny Brohn Cancer Care to celebrate and remember Penny who sadly passed away in 1999 having lived with cancer for twenty years. Her legacy has provided invaluable support and care to many thousands.
Today, under the working name Penny Brohn UK, the charity remains the leading UK charity specialising in complementary care to help people live well with the impact of cancer. They provide a unique combination of physical, emotional, and spiritual support designed to help anyone affected by cancer at any stage of their illness.
Working alongside medical treatment, their complementary Bristol Whole Life Approach aims to give people the practical tools necessary to help manage the impact of cancer and improve their quality of life. The Penny Brohn UK vision is that everyone affected by cancer should be able to access life changing complementary cancer care.
Penny Brohn UK, Chapel Pill Lane, Pill, Bristol, BS20 0HH
Helpline 0845 123 23 10