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Thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Theodore and Isabella Wearne Charitable Trust, our Holiday Break Program will be free for West Australians who have been impacted by an advanced cancer diagnosis and wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford this much-needed break. This will help families and loved ones take some time away and make lasting memories together in a beautiful location.

What is the Holiday Break Program?

Patients with advanced cancer may struggle to make time for themselves, as the costs and complexities of their diagnosis can make it hard to simply get away and enjoy a holiday. Our Holiday Break Program offers West Australians affected by advanced cancer a short break away.

This time away with loved ones offers a temporary escape from the psychological and emotional challenges that accompany an advanced cancer diagnosis. It is also a chance to spend quality time with loved ones, enjoy some rest and recuperation, and make important memories together.

We have five self-serviced, fully furnished accommodation units located within our Great Southern Hub, which also hosts our main cancer support services in Albany. This makes it a suitable location for people who may be dealing with complex diagnoses and may need to access cancer support while away from home.

How will the grant help?

Many people with advanced cancer are also affected by financial distress. This means they may still struggle, even with the low rate of the program, and cannot afford this much-needed break.

Thanks to an incredibly generous grant from the Theodore and Isabella Wearne Charitable Trust, Cancer Council WA will be able to offer free Holiday Breaks to West Australians with advanced cancer who would not otherwise be able to afford this opportunity over the year to come.

A message from our guests

For Elizabeth and Paul Troester, the trip to Albany offered some welcome reprieve while facing Paul’s ongoing treatment for metastatic lung cancer.

Elizabeth shares that the accommodation and facilities were perfect for their needs.

“The facilities were well set-up for health and mobility issues and the accommodation was central to the city. The gazebo in the backyard was also a peaceful spot to sit and read or do some sewing”, she says.

She shares that she could walk to the shops or just go out to get fresh air which helped her mental health.

Elizabeth adds “the best part was that Paul felt safe in the unit which made him comfortable and happy. The staff were all very welcoming, empathetic, and professional.”

They are both grateful that they could have this break in Albany during such a difficult time.

For more information

  • To learn more about this program, please download our Holiday Break Program information guide or visit our Holiday Break Program website page.
  • If you’re ready to book,  please download and fill in the application form. Close family or carers may apply on behalf of the patient.