Just what the doctor ordered

WOODLAND RESPITE: From left: Cancer care nurse Anna Wordley, Eden-Rose Coppice fouinder Rob Brooks and Sudbury mayor Jack Owen, at the opening of the charity's new eco-friendly toilet.
WOODLAND RESPITE: From left: Cancer care nurse Anna Wordley, Eden-Rose Coppice fouinder Rob Brooks and Sudbury mayor Jack Owen, at the opening of the charity's new eco-friendly toilet.
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A CANCER respite charity in Sudbury has unveiled a new eco-friendly toilet at its woodland sanctuary.

A toilet-paper ribbon at the Eden-Rose Coppice’s new £6,000 self-composting toilet was cut by Anna Wordley, a gastro-intestinal cancer nurse at Colchester Hospital, and Sudbury’s mayor, Jack Owen.

It will provide vital facilities for cancer sufferers at the coppice and was built by children with special needs from Hillside Special School in Sudbury.

Mrs Wordley said: “When patients are going through chemotherapy and oncological treatments, it is not just that they need the toilet four times a day, it’s that they need it right then and there.

“This facility gives those people a lot of their confidence and dignity back when they are here – and it is such a beautiful loo, too.”

Rob Brooks founded the Eden-Rose Coppice in 2008 after being inspired by the people he met while his wife Rose battled cancer before her death, and he successfully fought bowel cancer himself last year.

“My wife and I came across a lot of people not dealing with cancer as easily as she had done emotionally, so I thought if I can, I will impart something that might help,” he said.

The woodland coppice also has a pizza oven, a storytelling and den-building area, and a barbecue and picnic area for use by families dealing with terminal cancer, and has cost £150,000 to set up.