Then, now and yet to come...
We were originally set up as the cancer support centre in 1988 and provided a counselling service to those affected by cancer.
By 1990 almost 300 patients and carers a year were receiving support and income maintenance had been recognised as a critical issue for many. Action was taken and a dedicated welfare rights advice service was set up as one of the first in the country.
In 1995 we relocated to larger premises in Daisy Bank opposite Bradford Royal Infirmary. A close working relationship with oncology health professionals and local GP's brought a dramatic increase in referrals for services and by 2005 we had again outgrown our premises.
Other support services had been developed including Transport, Information (at BRI), Complementary Therapies, Group Support, Art & Craft and Exercise.
Our lease was due to expire in 2007 and would not be renewed, so welfare rights advisers were moved to a separate office base on Cemetery road and complementary therapy was delivered on different premises.
Our vision was to provide a permanent base with space to grow and develop services. Following a number of false starts and consultation with service users we launched the Daisy Appeal in 2006, and by 2007 had purchased a property and land on Smith Lane BD9 at the back of the BRI.
In January 2008 work began to build new premises and renovate the Old Farm building.
In September 2008 we moved together into the new premises. Patients and their families again had access to all our services on one site and were very close to Bradford Royal Infirmary.
In 2010 the organisation in response to confusion about its identity launched a new image reflecting its uniqueness, independence and modern responsive image, supporting the raising of funds.
2013 was a year of celebration as we revelled in our 25 years of success, marking it with a bumper packed year of events and activities.
September 2014 saw our expansion plans reach fruition with the opening of our new satellite centre in Skipton. We are delighted to now be able to offer our full range of practical and emotional support to people in Craven, Wharfedale and the surrounding areas as well as the existing Bradford & Airedale district.
Today we are seeing over 3500 people per year and still offer all of our key services, we are constantly striving to meet the needs of our clients and are working hard through our fundraising drive to ensure that we can be here for another 25 years.