Primrose Foundation

A Brief History

The Primrose Foundation was founded in 1995 and has steadily grown over the years, providing care and support to many thousands of people.

In 1995, two committed Consultant Surgeons and a Consultant Radiologist came together with the common aim of improving the treatment and support for patients with breast cancer, by joining together with Derriford Hospital to build a dedicated Breast Care Centre.

This 'one stop clinic' would provide all the facilities needed to offer effective treatment, care and support under one roof.

However, for this much needed and valuable centre to become a reality, £500,000 needed to be raised.

In 1997, the Primrose Appeal was officially launched, by the then Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Joan Stopperton.  Through hard work and the generosity shown by people throughout the South West, the money was finally raised and the Primrose Breast Care Centre opened its doors officially on 19th April 2001.

Choosing our name

When we were choosing our name, it was important that it was relevant, easy to remember and orginal.

The lanes and hedgerows throughout Devon and Cornwall are full of primroses, and as they are synonymous with new life after the darkness of winter, we felt this flower and name was a perfect fit.

Geoffrey Smith a distinguished gardener of the time said:

“If I had to Grow one flower, it would be the primrose. It is so complete, the lovely green and pale yellow complement each other. So optimistic.”