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February 2021

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Helen Gobbé and Bendigo Health chair Bob Cameron.

Wellness facility honours family contribution

A new facility that will house Bendigo Health’s Cancer Wellness Program has been officially named the Gobbé Wellness Centre.

The centre is named in honour of the Gobbé family for its significant contribution to health services in the region.

The family, like many, had a cancer battle.

It was during the family’s time with Bendigo Health and the oncology unit that the dream of creating a wellness centre began.

The Gobbés made a significant financial contribution to the centre through a donation and a gift.

Helen Gobbé said the passing of her husband Alan in 2018 cemented the idea of the wellness centre.

‘I’m so pleased to see my husband’s name up there,’ Mrs Gobbé said.

‘To see the centre come together in my lifetime has been a privilege.

‘We’ll bring some joy and relief to people and that will be my pleasure.

‘Having my name up there is just a bonus.’

Bendigo Health Board chair Bob Cameron thanked the Gobbés for their generosity.

‘We are fortunate enough to have a large cancer centre in Bendigo and every great cancer centre has a wellness centre.

‘It’s great that we are able to repurpose this fantastic old building and bring it back to life to support patients in their cancer journey.’

The cancer wellness program provides complementary therapies that help patients and families through the cancer journey.

Activities like art therapy, oncology massage and reflexology will be based in the wellness centre, which will have a library, sleeping pods and quiet spaces where patients and families can relax.