We've published our latest impact report to show how our services supported people living with cancer across Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight during 2017.

In total, we raised £800,532, with 60% comprising community fundraising, events and legacies. £320,000 came from trusts and grants, support from businesses and our shops. Volunteers gave 48,000 hours of their time befriending and helping in our six support centres, fundraising and providing retail support - the equivalent of over 130 hours a day.

We spent 78% on cancer support services, 10% on information and awareness, 6% on patient transport and 6% on outreach support. 

Highlights for the year included:

  • Supporting 11,000 clients, which is almost half of everyone diagnosed with cancer in the Wessex area
  • Providing 2,000 hours of counselling and 3,000 hours of complementary therapies like Reiki, aromatherapy and meditation to help people manage the emotional and physical impact of cancer and improve wellbeing
  • Giving 20,000 passenger journeys to help people living with cancer on the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands get to essential medical appointments on the mainland
  • Running 32 different support groups, including coffee mornings, book clubs, crafting and walking
  • Welcome over 100 members to our Sing for Life groups

Cait Allen, Wessex Cancer Trust's Chief Executive, said:

By providing services in our local communities we can ensure that anyone affected by cancer has somewhere to go at a time they most need support. We're immensely proud of the impact our services are having, and it's all down to the work of our supporters, fundraisers and volunteers. We're extremely grateful for all the ways they get involved, which make a huge difference to people's lives.