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From our home on the outskirts of Bristol, we run the only residential centre of its kind in the UK, with guests and visitors coming to us from all over the world to learn more about the Bristol Whole Life Approach

From this base, we run services for people living with cancer. Find out more about these courses here

img_9176_cover_webHaving access to nature is an important part of our approach, and for most people it’s what makes spending time at our Centre so special. Our four acres of landscaped gardens are lovingly maintained by our team of volunteer gardeners.  Each area of the garden has been designed to encourage visitors to explore and enjoy the natural world.

You can read more about our garden on our Garden blog. Alternatively, you can read about the history of the gardens here.

5p7a4077_cover_webLunch is served daily from a menu designed by our chefs and nutritional therapists according to our Healthy Eating Guidelines. For those on residential courses, we offer breakfast, lunch and supper as well as a range of healthy snacks throughout the day. We aim to use locally- sourced ingredients wherever possible.

In 2016, our kitchen was awarded the Gold Award from the North Somerset “Eat Out Eat Well” Scheme, becoming the 2nd eating establishment in North Somerset to get the Gold.

7f3w2710dThere are a number of areas within the Centre where you can come and simply sit and rest. Our library contains comfy sofas where you can base yourself and read a range of books, some of which are available to buy in our shop. To read our book reviews click here.

7f3w2710dThe Art Room is open for use whenever the busy sign is not showing on the door and is where we run our Creative Community sessions. We’d love you to come and use our arts and crafts to help you express yourself. Please contact Reception on 0303 3000 118 to find out when our Art Room is available.

centre-22_cover_webOur Sanctuary is a beautiful place where you can sit and reflect and find some space for yourself. It is sometimes used for meditation groups but mostly it is free for you to find some peace and quiet during your time with us.

272a5353_cover_webEach of our 26 bedrooms are designed to make your stay as relaxing as possible with en suite bathrooms and comfortable beds. Some of the bedrooms are adjoining for those who need support from their carer.

For more energetic activity, we have a gym where you can experiment with simple stretching and gentle exercise. Regular Qi Gong and Yoga classes take place here for anyone living within easy distance of the Centre.

mg_1515_cover_webLike many communities, the shop is a hub of activity, and Penny Brohn is no different! Featuring many of the ingredients which feature in our Healthy Eating Guidelines, as well as donated goods, books and gifts, it’s a great place to hear the latest chatter. Also available online.

The National Centre has developed a great deal over the years. Ham Green House, which now forms the East wing of our National Centre, was first built between 1710 and 1730 and is Grade ll-listed and forms the original building.

In the late 18th century, the house was owned by the Bright family. Richard Bright Jnr., known for his rigorous scientific approach to medicine, became a leading doctor, famous for his work on kidney diseases, including the discovery of the condition we now know as Bright’s disease.

In the 1890’s the house was converted into an isolation hospital, in particular for infectious diseases found among sailors entering into Avonmouth. It was also used as a sanatorium for people with tuberculosis with additional buildings providing ward space.

Following the NHS’ formation in 1948, the house became part of a general hospital, specialising in kidney dialysis. It remained in use as a hospital until the mid- 1980s and was purchased by Penny Brohn Cancer Care (as we were then known) in 2002.

The refurbished building was opened in 2006 with help and design input from our patron, HRH the Prince of Wales.

Our main space is named the Barough-Aubertin Building, in honour of Nina Barough-Aubertin, founder of Walk the Walk who have supported us unfailingly throughout the history of the charity.

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