We all know that when we’re facing challenges in life, support means everything. Having it can make a big difference to our quality of life, and it can be equally rewarding to know you’ve helped someone else. 


We’re often afraid of saying the wrong thing to someone going through a hard time, but if you’re open, honest and show concern you can be a great support. Here are some tips that might help:

  • Say if you feel awkward – it acknowledges the situation rather than pretending it’s not happening

  • Ring them up, send a card, note or text to say you’re thinking of them

  • Let them know that if they want to talk you’ll be there to listen

  • Respect their need for privacy

  • Share a joke or laugh with them if this seems appropriate

  • Unless they’ve specifically asked you to, staying away is rarely helpful 

  • Try not to tell them to be ‘strong’ or ‘positive’ or offer advice they haven’t asked for. It puts pressure on them to behave a certain way

  • Avoid offering advice they haven’t asked for or compare their situation to someone else you know


It feels good to help, and imagine how rewarding it would be to know you’re passing on a legacy to help many others in their time of need. If you leave a lasting gift to Wessex Cancer Trust in your will you can do just that. We exist to provide free and local support to anyone living with cancer when they need it most.  More and more people are living with cancer and for longer, and demand for our services is at its highest level. Our five cancer support centres throughout Hampshire, Dorset and Isle of Wight provide a range of services including counselling, therapies, children’s services, information, exercise classes and support groups.


Leave a Gift in Your Will 

Wessex Cancer Trust has been at the heart of local communities since it was established in 1981, providing support to thousands of local families affected by cancer when they need it the most.

If the time is ever right for you to remember a charity in your Will, please consider Wessex Cancer Trust.  Every gift – however large or small – makes a huge difference. Even 1% (so those closest to you inherit 99%) or a modest sum of money will leave a lasting legacy.

We would advise all donors to obtain advice from a solicitor prior to making a legacy pledge or gift.  You will need the following information in order to make a gift to Wessex Cancer Trust in your Will:

Charity Name: Wessex Cancer Trust

Address: 91 - 95 Winchester Road, Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh SO53 2GG

Registered Charity Number: 1110216


Please tell us about your gift 

If you are thinking about leaving a gift to Wessex Cancer Trust, please consider letting us know. We would be delighted to work with you to share our vision for developing the Trust and discuss the impact your legacy will have.