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Registered Charity Number 1156595
The Hummingbird Centre
Grange Courtyard
Station Road

Launton
Bicester

OX26 5DX
01869 244 244
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Testimonials

BFG Studio and The Hummingbird Centre

I didn't know much about cancer care before I found out about The Hummingbird Centre. Sure I knew the headlines, the big fundraisers, the hospices, the big things that everybody has heard of. I knew about its devastation, but I guess I'm one of the lucky ones whose life hasn't been directly affected by cancer yet. It was only when my mum and Ray started volunteering at the centre that I started to understand how important this care is and how important it is to do it right. When the chance arose to work with The Hummingbird Centre to create a new brochure, we all at BFG Studio jumped at the chance. We wanted to help spread the word and tell the world what a great job they do.

The time spent with Mechelle, the volunteers and guests gave us a real insight into the wonderful world of The Hummingbird Centre the long term vision and what it means to people to have access to a place like this. One thing that really stood out for us was the feeling of a calm positivity. We knew that whatever we created wouldn't be scary, preachy or patronising, it needed to be honest, friendly, engaging and if possible uplifting.

We worked closely with Mechelle Harris, Founder of The Hummingbird Centre, Elodie Negrinotti Photographer and Dr Neil Swindells, to create stories through the words and pictures that would give potential guests an idea of what it is like to come and spend time at the centre and what it feels like to be part of the team of volunteers. But the core was built around telling the story of The Hummingbird Centre with a view to encouraging people to donate, Become Friends of the centre or offer their services.

With the help of the whole Hummingbird family, we've achieved that and produced a document we can all be proud of.

Stuart Beveridge
Founder/Creative Director
BFG Studio






Interview by Kat Orman, from BBC Radio Oxford

To hear the words of a guest from The Hummingbird Centre on what we do,
please take a little time out of your day and have a listen.

Interview by Kat Orman, from BBC Radio Oxford


©copyright BBC Radio Oxford

Mechelle Harris, Founder of The Hummingbird Centre would like to thank BBC Radio Oxford.

After hearing the interview and you feel that you would liket to support The Hummingbird Centre by Becoming a Friend of The Hummingbird, which enables you to make a regular donation to the centre, please either go to our:

Become A Friend of The Hummingbird Centre tab and complete the form
or
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DHL Bicester
… why The Hummingbird Centre?

As part of DHLs Corporate Responsibility we annually seek a local charity to support and raise money for in the local community.  The idea is to put something back into the community that we take out from the warehouse operation and HGV movements.

We normally ask for suggestions from the staff which are generally driven by personal experience or circumstances.   For 2015 The Hummingbird Centre was chosen and voted for by the site staff.

Simple reasons:- almost everyone is touched by Cancer during their life in some form so we can appreciate the help that the centre can provide, and the centre is as close to the site as we can possibly get.

In our short time working with the Humming Birds this year I know that this is possibly the best charity support decision we have made as a site as all of the staff are really committed, dedicated and all round nice individuals who are giving their time for others!

Whatever support, financially or otherwise, we can give is probably not enough to pay back this kind of dedication!
Not to mention the feel good factor of helping with and being a small part of something this worthwhile.

Brian Bergmann
DHl Bicester



The Hummingbird Centre is Sainsbury’s Bicester Charity of the Year.   The local charities are nominated by our customers and our colleague’s short list and choose the one they wish to work with and support. We had a large number of nominations for the Hummingbird and the colleagues were blown away by the services provided by the centre.

Supporting local charities is all about working together to make a difference, and it’s a great opportunity for the Sainsbury’s team to work closely with the Hummingbird to help raise money and awareness for the Charity.   Over the past four years, our Stores, depots and support centres have been partnering with local charities to make a positive difference to the community.

At Sainsbury’s Bicester we are delighted with the partnership because the support and service they offer at The Hummingbird Centre to people affected by Cancer in the community is very valuable as there is no other sanctuary like this in the town. Our relationship with the Hummingbird has been very strong and this has been down to how friendly and dedicated the team are there. We have been very impressed with the volunteers at the centre with how welcoming and friendly they are with the “guests” no matter where they are on their journey.

From the outset our aim has been to help the Hummingbird get established, and grow the hugely valuable service they provide.

Vince Brimble
Store Manager - Sainsbury's
Telephone 01869 853600



Not sure that thank you is ever enough. But thank you it is. My family and I have had the most amazing relaxing week away thanks to you guys. The kindness of the center enabled us to be away for a week in the most beautiful respite house in the most beaitiful part of Cornwall. I hope that Mechelle and the other volunteers are able to carry out their work caring for those unfortunate enough to ever be diagnosed with cancer, for many years to come. Hopefully in time I myself can help out. Then I can give a little something back. Xx

Sharon Weaver, Hummingbird guest


Come on EVERYONE let’s give our support to this wonderful place, The Hummingbird Centre. It’s a truly magical place, as much as Disney world is to a child.  One of the best things I have ever done was to attend this magical place. From entering their doors for the first time (which I will admit was quite scary and I did feel sick) I can honestly say that as soon as the door was opened I was embraced and greeted by this wonderful lady, Mechelle Harris, and it was as if something in this place just took all the worry form inside my body, as I just felt a warm glow and heard her gentle voice telling me as she had hold of my hand that she would be with me through my journey of cancer and would not let go until I felt strong enough.  All the helpers who I call ‘My Hummingbirds’ are so very special and give their time up freely, which is priceless, so I just cannot wait now until a Tuesday and Friday as you share laughter (which is something you forget to do) and tears (a lot!) - but that's OK as you are not judged and you only speak if you want to, you can have beauty treatments, play games, craft making and lots more. I could not be without this wonderful centre as it came into my life halfway through my journey and it has helped me so much.  So please ...  if you feel that you could do with a chat or even a cry, then this is the place to come, believe me. And the free cuddles are priceless. So come and have a look and I am sure that you will not be disappointed xxxx

Fiona Wastie, Hummingbird guest


Where else is there that as soon as you walk through the door all your worries and doubts disappear .The welcome committee ie everybody there is terrific .The support you receive is second to none .
And with FREE tea/coffee and cakes who could ask for more .

Keith Lester, Hummingbird guest


The hummingbird centre is a lovely place too come everyone is so friendly I can share my experiences and feel very welcome and has helped me along my journey would highly recommend and is much needed facility for everyone too come together and for me it was somewhere too come too feel normal and not like a cancer patient. At first I didn't think I needed the centre but after a few times I realised how much I did and I enjoyed some reiki and massage too. This was definitely somewhere I will continue too support even now I have finished my journey :)

Kathy Price, Hummingbird guest


On Sunday 9th October, local couple Steve and Karen Sargant took part in the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon to raise awareness and funds for The Hummingbird Cancer Support and Therapy Centre. Speaking before the race, Karen said “The Hummingbird Centre has given invaluable support to our dear friends Chris and Jo. Last year, they were given the devastating news that Chris had bowel cancer. The Hummingbird Centre has been a lifeline for them as a family offering advice, counselling and support in their darkest days. It has been a place where they can talk, meet with others and realise they are not alone, and we're running to show our appreciation to the Centre for taking care of our friends in their cancer journey”.

After months of rigorous training and pounding the streets of Bicester, Karen and Steve made their way to Oxford early on Sunday morning and gathered with thousands of other people who were there to raise money for their charities. At 9.30am the marathon started but with so many competitors it took Steve and Karen some time to reach the start line. When the eventually got there and started, there was no stopping them. Determined to beat their personal best times, Karen and Steve set of with vigour and although the going was tough at times they maintained their enthusiasm and spirit, often raising a smile for the crowds of supporters throughout the run.

Steve set a new PB of 1hr 46 mins, beating his original time by over 9 minutes. Karen also had a great run, finishing in 2hrs 11mins which was an 8 minute PB. Despite a gruelling run, both were upbeat and had a smile for the cameras.

Steve and Karen raised £225 for The Hummingbird Centre.

After the race Chris said “The centre would not be able to offer the invaluable support it does without selfless people like Steve and Karen. I am so grateful to them”.
“The Hummingbird Centre has been a great support for me and my wife Jo. I don’t know how we would have coped without the support of the centre’s devoted volunteers. I would recommend it to anyone who is fighting cancer”.

Karen & Steve Sargent