For 40 years Wessex Cancer Trust has supported individuals, families and local communities in their time of need. We now need your help. We must raise £600,000 by 31 January 2020 or we face the harsh reality that our services will no longer be there for you when you need us.
This year we’ve seen a 30% rise in the number of people using our Cancer Support Centres. We’ve also seen a considerable drop in charitable income, particularly from gifts in wills, and our charity shops, which has resulted in a serious gap in funding that we’re struggling to bridge.
Update from our Chairman, Barry Rinaldi
"On 9 January myself and the Trustees met to assess the future financial security of the charity. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated to our crisis appeal. During December and the first week of January, we have received £214,000 of donations and notifications, with much activity pledged for January. As a charity which relies solely on voluntary donations, the Trustees have been overwhelmed by the response to our Appeal. At this halfway point, we are confident that if our local communities continue to support us that Wessex Cancer Trust has a future.
We are passionate about our mission to support the growing number of people affected by cancer and know this can only be achieved by having a clear vision and plan to deliver. We do have a robust strategy which we will continue to review over the coming month.
Whilst we are making good progress with the appeal and are in a position to look to the future, we are still in a delicate situation. We want to emerge stronger and can only do this with your help. What drives us is knowing how different our local communities will look without us. January marks the start of some exciting fundraising events and there has never been a better time to get involved. We urge you to help us if you can."
This is our last resort and we really hope you will support us during this difficult time. For more information.