Get your school or college Involved!

Whether you’re a teacher in school, a youth group, at university or an early years setting, we have everything you need to raise funds and awareness for Wessex Cancer Support. Find information and fundraising ideas to make supporting Wessex Cancer Support as your charity, educational and fun.

Counselling in schools

In 2020 we were delighted to be awarded £6,000 from the Isle of Wight Foundation to introduce a new counselling service for young people in Island schools. Our trained counsellors are now working with children aged between 11 and 16 at Cowes Enterprise College and Christ the King schools.

Once a week for an hour, children come together in small groups for specially-designed sessions which encourage them to talk about their feelings and give them skills to cope with their situation. They also have the opportunity to meet others who might be going through the same thing, which can ease feelings of loneliness.

We hope that our children’s counselling service will soon be extended to all five Island high schools and mainland schools.


You could simply organise a dress down day asking pupils and teachers to pay money to dress in normal clothes, pyjamas or even fancy dress. Or if you’re looking for something a bit bigger why not organise an event. Here are a few ideas:

  • Hold a talent show or a quiz and sell tickets in advance
  • Sponsored silence
  • Hold a bake sale or bake-off challenge
  • Take part in Move it May, our annual move more campaign
Hold a bucket collection

You may already hold events throughout the year such as a Summer Fete or Christmas Carol Concert. Adding a bucket collection to your event is the perfect opportunity to raise money for Wessex Cancer Support and we can provide balloons, buckets and banners to help.

Why fundraise for us?

Every year over 20,000 people are diagnosed with cancer across the Wessex region, with approximately 1,600 child cases each year in the UK. This can be a shock and have a huge impact on the entire family. Here are just a few of the ways we help children and young adults affected by cancer:

  • We provide up to 1,500 hours of counselling each year to local children and families, through 3 specialist counsellors who have experience working with both children and parents
  • We provide family and group therapy. This helps to support parents in talking to their children about cancer and pointing them to appropriate resources to share together if they find themselves in the difficult position of explaining a diagnosis to their child
  • We provide support for parents, grandparents and siblings of children who have been diagnosed, as particularly tough emotional issues emerge for them also
  • Our Centres are the only place to provide essential cancer support away from the stresses and strains of a busy hospital setting. We provide a supportive environment away from this clinical setting offers a real haven for all of our clients, and particularly for children.
Contact us

For more information or support contact our Fundraising and Event’s Team
Telephone: 023 8067 2200