About Us

Who We Are

Stranraer Cancer Drop in Centre Association

Stranraer Cancer Drop in Centre Association was originally created to supply information and support for people with cancer, their carers, friends and relations - in fact anyone touched by cancer and other serious illnesses.

Regular meetings for these people were held by Irene Hunter, a district nurse who recognised and responded to need.


Our History


At a public meeting in 1998, the extent of local support for Irene’s initiative became apparent and from this the ‘Drop in Centre’ was developed. Initial funding came from generous public donation, and grants followed from local and national bodies, in particular Macmillan Cancer Support. As a registered Scottish Charity our main source of funding is the local community, through donations, individual fund raising events and our own activities.


In September 2006, we moved to a purpose built suite of rooms, with separate access, in the new Galloway Community Hospital. For this we are indebted to the Health Board, the local Committee St John Scotland and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Management Committee

Message from our Chair

I feel proud to be associated with the Centres. I have seen at first hand the huge difference the services we provide can make to our clients, with the life affirming warmth and humour and the continuing care and understanding to be found there. There's always privacy for a personal consultation, but lots of people gain tremendous support from a chat and coffee round the kitchen table. I have met many brave and inspiring people here, and we look forward to providing ever improving support and services to our clients.

Brian Pattinson

Brian Pattinson

Management Committee

As at June 2022

Brian Pattinson, Chair

Henry McFadzean, Treasurer

Annie Bruce

Jackie Wright (Chair of Fundraising subcommittee)

Murray Irving (McMillan representative)

Marion Ferguson

Alan Smith

Thomasina Ramsay

Ian MacPherson

Ruth Inglis


From A Client

If you are feeling down; when you come to the centre and have a cup of tea and a chat it makes you feel 100% better

From A Client

You can ask questions about cancer that you might be frightened to ask the Doctor

From a Volunteer

I enjoy being there for people and i feel i can give something back. I am a people person and have been involved with the centre for 16years. I have gained as much as I have given