A NEW nurse will start at The Haven in Hereford in January following our successful Hereford Times appeal.

The One in Eight appeal started in July to raise £30,000 to fund the first year of a new nurse at the breast cancer support centre in St Owen Street.

We are now well on our way to raising a further £30,000 to fund the second year after the start of the appeal was so successful.

Suzie Taylor will be starting at The Haven in January. She currently works as a lymphoedema specialist nurse in Newport.

She said: "What the Haven stands for is looking at the patient holistically and their quality of life and what people really need.

"It is so exciting to see how there are the links with the health service and how it fills that gap for people to go and look at their lifestyle.

"Hope is really important- patients have a lot going on and it is giving them a chance to move forward with their life rather than looking back at what has happened."

Mrs Taylor will be supporting women with breast cancer at different stages in their treatment and afterwards.

She will be able to see what support she can give with regards to exercise, nutrition and what therapies will benefit them.

The new role will be part-time and she is going to relocate to Hereford from Caerphilly with her family.

Mrs Taylor said: "I know it sounds a cliche but this is a dream job for me. When I was applying and seeing all the services which the Haven provides and thinking about all the skills I have and how I want to care for people, it ticks all the boxes for me."

Our Haven appeal continues and we need one final push to reach the £60,000 mark.

Mrs Taylor added: "I am so impressed with all the hard work the local community have done and everyone who has been involved in supporting the appeal and how the Hereford Times has got behind such a wonderful cause.

"It is very inspiring and encouraging."