Haus der Krebsliga beider Basel – A New Door Opens for Cancer Patients in Basel

When a novel cancer support centre modelled on the UK’s Maggie’s Centres was announced in Basel, to be situated in an elegant patrician house on the Petersplatz in the heart of town, someone commented to me: “Do they really need such a great big beautiful place [just] for cancer patients?” I was stunned by the question. But after a bit, it dawned on me that to many people (maybe especially in Switzerland, where the concept is brand-new and unknown), the idea of converting a beautiful, historic monument at considerable expense into an informal walk-in centre offering free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends sounds – well, what does it sound? Unnecessary? Over the top? Superfluous? Weird, even?

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Luckily for anyone in Basel affected by cancer, Krebsliga Beider Basel has gone ahead (thanks to a magnificent, anonymous donation) and done it anyway. Their new centre had its official opening on 17 November and it’s breathtaking.

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If you’re aware of  Maggie’s Centres in the UK, you will know where this Basel venture is coming from. Maggie’s Centres are all situated in beautiful buildings – the house on the Petersplatz, built in 1860 by Emanuel Burckhardt, faithfully restored and beautifully modernised, ticks that particular box in spades. The architects have been respectful of the building’s original fabric, leaving all the ceiling mouldings, original windows (and fastenings) and doors in place. They’ve even restored to full working order the beautiful decorated ceramic stoves (Kacheloefen).

 

The result (just as for Maggie’s Centres, and borrowing some of their text) is a “warm, friendly, inspiring place, full of light, whose objective is to contribute to the continued wellbeing of an individual as they progress through cancer treatment.” Nothing superfluous, or OTT, or weird, just kind, and caring, and useful.

Office admin and all the services formerly offered in the Krebsliga offices in Mittlere Strasse (personal and family advice and support, links to home help and rehab organisations, advice on work and housing issues etc.) have transferred to the new premises on the Petersplatz. In addition, mammography screening and some psycho-social support programmes are administered from here. There are handicraft and art courses and support group meetings, as well as a reading room/library and a welcoming front room with coffee and tea on tap.

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We plan to contribute our growing library of books and resources in English to their reference room, where they will set aside a section for information in English. We also hope to schedule some of our own meetings there. It’s a wonderful and most welcome initiative for Basel. For more information, all contact details are below:

Haus der Krebsliga beider Basel
Petersplatz 12
Basel
Tel. +41 (0)61 319 99 88
Open weekdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

info@klbb.ch 

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Support group meeting, 6 October 2017

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After a rather long summer break, we’ll get together again on Friday 6th October for our autumn/fall meeting, to catch up on the news and to welcome new members. We’ll meet at 12h30 over a light lunch in a central location in Basel, and the meeting will follow directly on.

Whether you’re an ‘old hand’ at cancer and all that goes with it, or newly diagnosed and looking for support and advice in English, we’re here to help. Take a look at the articles in the header for a selection of topics that might be of interest. And to find out more about the group and what we offer, or to join us for lunch in October, just mail us on cancersupportbasel@gmail.com and we’ll do the rest.

Looking forward to seeing you!

 

A New Cancer Support Centre for Basel

This striking house on the beautiful Petersplatz in central Basel, currently a building site, will become the Krebsliga Beider Basel’s drop-in centre/meeting place for cancer patients, thanks to a mind-blowingly generous bequest from an anonymous donor. It will open at the end of September and is modelled on Maggie’s Centres in the UK, where cancer sufferers can go for help, advice, support or just to hang out in a beautiful place and gather strength. Many of the staff on hand speak English, and we plan to contribute our growing library of books and resources in English to their reference room, where they will set aside a section for information in English. We also hope to schedule some of our own meetings there.

It’s a fabulous development, a fantastic resource for the city and a first for Basel. Watch this space for more news as it unfolds. And if you’re not familiar with Maggie’s Centres, take a look at their website, here, to get an idea of the kind of services and facilities they offer, some of which will be replicated in the Basel Krebsliga house.

March Support Group Meeting

3-IMG_1456There’s a promise of spring in the air, the crocuses are just poking their heads up through the grass, the bees are buzzing about once more and we’re celebrating the near-arrival of spring here in Basel.

We’ve had a bit of a pause from our regular activities at Cancer Support Basel, though please know we are still very much available for support via an email exchange or in a follow-up chat and/or meeting.

Our regular lunches will now take place quarterly, rather than monthly, and the next get-together will be on Friday 17th March. Please let us know by mailing us on cancersupportbasel@gmail.com if you’d like to find out more about the group, and/or join us on that day.

Wishing everyone the joy of warm breezes on the face and delight at the promise of warmer times.

Sue

 

 

Meetings Past, Present & Future

summer bouquetWe have had a few meetings since the last one flagged up for January – not that you’d know, as I’ve been out of action a bit and failed to post any meeting dates during winter and spring. We’re now on hols during July and August so won’t meet formally (not that our meetings are formal…) but we will get together again on Friday 16th September.

If you’re new to the group and would like more information on meetings, or if there’s anything else you’d like to discuss or ask about, please send us a mail on cancersupportbasel@gmail.com and we’ll try and supply the necessary info.

Wishing all a good summer and looking forward to seeing as many as possible in September.

End of Year News and January Meeting

It’s the time of year when many people are super-busy, or travelling, or maybe just lying low, staying warm and gathering their strength for whatever lies ahead. For this and many other reasons we won’t have our usual monthly meeting during December.

We will get together in January for our now customary annual New Year’s lunch. The date we have in mind (TBC) is Friday 15th January. Watch this space for more news of this. In February we will be meeting again as usual in a central Basel location.

In the meantime, we would like to wish everyone all the best for Christmas, wherever and with whomever you may be spending it, and continued good wishes for the New Year.

June Support Group Meeting

Elderflowers are just coming into bloom this month

Elderflowers are just coming into bloom this month

Regular visitors to our site will know that we meet roughly once a month in a central location in Basel. This is an opportunity for folks who are affected by cancer – directly or indirectly – to come together to share their thoughts (“how come I got cancer?”), fears (“every time I get a headache/backache/toe ache, I’m sure it’s come back”), concerns (“my husband/wife/daughter/son is finding it hard to cope and I don’t know how to reassure them”), and joys (“my first grandchild was just born”)…

Our next get-together, starting with lunch and then proceeding to the meeting, will be Friday  June 12th. If you’d like to join us, please send us a mail on cancersupportbasel@gmail.com and we’ll fill in all the details.