The Mulberry Centre is the culmination of a series of events. Fifteen years ago, the West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust launched its first major fundraising campaign under the heading of the Pulse Appeal.
West London needed a cancer support service – somewhere for anyone affected by a diagnosis of cancer to visit for information, advice and support.
Visits were made to similar centres around the country to gain an understanding of the viability of the service and its ongoing funding needs.
In the summer of 1999 the cancer care centre gained its name and visual branding – The Mulberry Centre Appeal was born. Fundraising continued and building started in 2000. In 2001 the dream became a reality and the doors were opened for the first time.
After 4 years in existence, The Mulberry Centre moved from being a subsidiary charity of the West Middlesex University Hospital Charitable Fund, to being a charity in its own right. On 1st August 2005, The Mulberry Centre became an independent charity, with its own Board of Trustees. This development allowed further scope for funding applications and an easier route for donations. Ties with the West Middlesex University Hospital continue to be strong but the Centre gained strategic control over future development.
Today, The Mulberry Centre is a well established resource in West London and has received many thousands of visits from both new and established users of the Centre over the past 13 years.