The Mulberry Centre - for anyone affected by cancer Heart

We’re celebrating! National Lottery Funding

The Mulberry Centre is celebrating being awarded almost £400,000 in National Lottery funding to continue to support its work with anyone affected by cancer.

The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will secure the future of the Centre’s Welcome, Assessment and Support work for the next three years.  This enables The Mulberry Centre to respond to the needs of its growing client base and expand service user involvement.


At the same time, the Charity will be able to review and plan service improvements, enhance staff and volunteer training learning, and to work externally with other stakeholders to improve referral pathways, improve access for hard-to-reach clients, and share and learn best practice with and from other organisations through meetings, networking and forum events.


Raj Athwal, Executive Director of The Mulberry Centre, says: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way. Now, thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to press on with our plans to broaden the range of support available to anyone affected by cancer. This is important because it better informs them about the likely impact of cancer on their lives, ways of responding more positively, being more able and supported to cope with the impact of cancer in their lives and supporting them through improved emotional wellbeing”.


Carmel Nazemi, Volunteer Welcomer at The Mulberry Centre, says: “One of the best things about being a Welcomer is seeing someone’s absolute relief at finding The Mulberry Centre and all it has to offer. It’s a very special place and to see the client leaving after a session so calm and relaxed is wonderful.”


Volunteer Counsellor at the Mulberry Centre says: “I experience a sense of pride and community from volunteering at the Mulberry, I realise I am part of something important. It is more fulfilling than expected and brings a feeling of satisfaction that lasts longer than the three hours a week I am there. My counselling skills have had a chance to mature and grow through the work, and this is important but comes second to this sense of satisfaction and purpose that volunteering has brought me. And I’ve met wonderful people!”


User at the Mulberry Centre says:  The Mulberry Centre good for the soul and body. I love the garden!!! Positive vibe around, nice people! Thanks for all of You there!!!


User at the Mulberry Centre says:  Really connected with counsellor who had a non-judgmental attitude.  Understood prerequisites of what we wanted to get out of the sessions which was fulfilled; it is not always about what happened in childhood, it’s about life’s journey and nearing its end. Helping clients strengthen their resolve to discuss their fears and joys of life.



About The National Lottery Community Fund


They are the largest community funder in the UK and are  proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, they have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.


They are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything they do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players,  funding is open to everyone. They are privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.