Celebrating 40 Years of Cancer Support

This year, Wessex Cancer Trust will celebrate 40 years of providing free and local cancer support, and we couldn’t be prouder of our heritage and achievements throughout the decades.

We’ve adapted and evolved to ensure we focus on our clients’ needs. Never has this been truer than during the Covid-19 pandemic when we quickly developed remote support services after being forced to temporarily close our Support Centres. We’re delighted that we’ve now started a return to face-to-face support; and we’re looking forward to our 40th birthday as an opportunity to celebrate, remember and giving thanks, as well, of course, a future of supporting local families living with cancer.

Share Your Memories

The Trust has touched so many lives in the Wessex region, and we are forever grateful for the fundraising from our incredible supporters. We would love to hear about your Wessex Cancer Trust memories and what the trust means to you. Click here to share your favourite Wessex Cancer Trust story or memory.

How to get involved

The Trust will be hosting events and fundraising projects to mark this special birthday, but it’s an opportunity to bring people together and get involved, no matter how big or small. Please pledge your support today and see our current fundraising plans outlined below. More events and fundraising plans will be shared in the next few months, so keep an eye out for the full 2021 event calendar. Here’s our live ‘Hall of Fame’ page for those who’ve already pledged their support with activities and challenges this year.

Host a Summer Street Party

Wessex Cancer Trust’s official birthday is 1st July, so summer 2021 will see a host of parties and celebrations within the Wessex region across our Support Centres, charity shops and Head Office. But don’t wait for an invite! We’d love you to host your own Wessex Birthday fundraising event at home or neighbourly street party, garden party or coffee morning. You can also include an event theme, as the Trust was founded in 1981 you could enjoy the music and style of the ’80s with disco, hip hop, new wave and rock all at your disposal!

Save a date now for Summer 2021 and share with friends, family and neighbours.
Sign up for your Summer Street Party today!

Birthday Fundraisers

How will you be celebrating your birthday in 2021? Instead of receiving physical gifts from friends and family, make it a birthday to remember by setting up a Facebook Birthday Fundraiser or asking for donations to Wessex Cancer Trust via your Just Giving page. Even better if you share our 40th birthday milestone in 2021 or our official birth date of 1st July.

Three Peaks Challenge

Set Your Challenge for 2021

Help us celebrate 40 years of cancer care by setting yourself a challenge for 2021 and raise money for Wessex Cancer Trust. We predict the next few years there will be a greater need for the Trust’s services due to the current pandemic. Our 40th Birthday comes when the Wessex region needs the Trust more than ever and here’s how you can help support that mission. Wessex Cancer Trust needs you!

Take part in one of our big challenges of 2021, something that might test your fitness, endurance or nerves with sky drives, night hikes and 100km endurance walks to name a few but if physical challenges aren’t your thing, don’t worry we have 40 fundraising ideas (see what we did there!) which you can adapt to fit your schedule, interests and pace!

Set your 2021 challenge

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