Chichester cancer charity receives a welcome boost from CALA Homes' bursary scheme

Chichester-based charity CancerWise has received a helping hand from CALA Homes, having received a £700 donation from the award-winning housebuilder.

CALA Homes 10 January 2020

Established in 1983, CancerWise is an independent cancer charity which supports adults throughout West Sussex and South East Hampshire who are affected by cancer.

This includes supporting individuals from diagnosis, during treatment and beyond, as well as providing support for their families and carers.

The centre provides invaluable emotional and holistic support to its beneficiaries, delivering free counselling and complementary therapies, including art and music therapy, gentle exercise classes, specialist support groups and social events.

CALA Homes, which is building its Shopwyke Lakes development in Chichester, launched the Community Bursary in Sussex last year.

It invited organisations, charities and groups in the area to apply for a share of a £7,000 donation to help fund projects that make a difference in the community.

CancerWise was chosen as a recipient of the bursary, with money going towards a series of complementary therapies for cancer patients.

This year, the Community Bursary scheme has awarded a total of £109,000 to 117 good causes across the UK. A further 200 causes have previously benefitted from the scheme, with over £200,000 awarded to various initiatives since 2017. 

Lisa Joy, Centre Manager at CancerWise, said: “With one in two individuals being diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, our services are essential to a high proportion of individuals. In Chichester alone, there are 3,700 people living with cancer each year and this, combined with the other areas we cover, shows a great need for the support we offer.

“We can’t thank CALA Homes enough for its kind donation to our charity, which will be used to fund 138 hours of complementary therapies, such as our art and music therapy sessions.”
Nicki Dennis, Sales and Marketing Director at CALA Homes South Home Counties, said: “CALA has always been committed to making a positive contribution to the local communities in which it builds. The Community Bursary scheme has given us the opportunity to find out who in our local community needs a helping hand. We’re thrilled to be able to support CancerWise with the funding to run complementary therapies for patients and were lucky enough to be invited to an art therapy class to see first-hand how our funding helps make a long lasting contribution to the Chichester community.”

Set just one mile from the historic city centre of Chichester, CALA Homes’ Shopwyke Lakes will comprise 398 new homes, alongside access to football and cricket pitches, a clubhouse, community centre, convenience store and children’s play areas.

Phase two of Shopwyke Lakes is due to launch on 25th and 26th January 2020, with a new marketing suite and showhomes, as well as exciting new releases of stunning one and two bedroom apartments and two to five bedroom homes.

For more information call 01243 928394, visit the showhomes open daily 10.00am to 5.00pm or visit