Celebrating 40 Years of Cancer Care

Next year Wessex Cancer Support will celebrate 40 years of cancer care, and we couldn’t be prouder of its heritage and achievements throughout the decades. The trust has adapted and evolved to ensure it focuses on the needs of its clients and never more so than in 2020 when we had to quickly develop remote support services while we temporarily shut our support centres. We can now look forward to 2021 as a year of celebration and giving thanks, whilst building on many more years of supporting the Wessex region with cancer care.

Plans are already afoot for our milestone Birthday, and Wessex Cancer Support needs you!

Sharing Memories

The Trust has touched so many lives in the Wessex region, and we are forever grateful for the fundraising support from our amazing supporters, we would love to hear about your Wessex Cancer Support memories and what the trust means to you. Maybe you held a fundraiser at school in the ’80s or remember our Wessex caravan or recall celebrating our 10th, 20th or 30th Birthdays. We would love you to share your Wessex memories and any photos you might have featuring the trust. Email us fundraising@wessexcancer.org.uk or get in touch on social media find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Why fundraise in 2021?

This year has been particularly challenging for anyone living with cancer due to Covid-19, and our remote services have been in ever-greater demand to support families. We predict next year there will be a higher need for the Trust’s services due to suspended or delayed cancer screening, routine diagnostic work deferred, and only urgent cancer patients prioritised for treatment during the pandemic. Our 40th Birthday comes at a time when Wessex needs us more than ever and here’s how you can help support that mission.

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.

Host a Summer Party

The 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 would 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 (it’s practically middle-aged!) 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.

Charity of the Year

Do you or your loved ones work for an organisation or business that raises money for charity? Many companies and their employees work together to raise funding for their ‘Charity of the Year’. What better year to support Wessex Cancer Support than our milestone birthday, with activities and publicity to support your fundraising efforts.

For more information or support contact our Fundraising and Events Team:
Email: fundraising@wessexcancer.org.uk
Telephone: 023 8067 2200

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 and asking for donations to Wessex Cancer Support via your Just Giving page. Even better if you share our 40th birthday milestone in 2021 or our official birth date of 1st July.

Challenge Yourself

Challenge yourself in 2021 and step outside your comfort zone. We’re looking for 40 challengers to take on skydives, wing walks, huge hikes across the region, or your own challenge of choice – everything you do will help people through cancer. Get in touch with fundraising@wessexcancer.org.uk to pledge your support today and take on a challenge in 2021.

Save the Date

Whilst our official birthday celebrations commence with World Cancer Day on Thursday 4th February, we have our New Year’s Day Splash for Cash which would be the perfect start to your year. A refreshing dip in the ocean to really kick start 2021 and all in the name of Wessex Cancer Support.

More events, campaigns and the official 40th Birthday Fundraising Pack will be shared in The Closer Look soon.

Official 40th Birthday Logo Revealed

Everyone loves Birthday cake, so we couldn’t resist creating some tools to help spread the word about our special birthday, look out for these logos and images on online and on our printed fundraising packs.

40 birthday logo