We've launched an appeal to ensure we can continue to be there for thousands of local people living with cancer in Hampshire, Dorset and Isle of Wight during the coronavirus pandemic and into the future. You can donate here        

The £50,000 target will ensure we can continue to support local people throughout the outbreak. We've set up a dedicated phone line and phone counselling service along with an online support group and resources. 

Sheila, who lives in Thornhill, Southampton, lost her husband, Mike, to cancer and was due to start immunotherapy for secondary cancer at Southampton General Hospital within the next few weeks.

She’s been visiting our Chandler’s Ford support centre since 2017. Because the coronavirus has forced us to close our centres, Sheila has been using Zoom to take part in sound therapy and has arranged to talk to one of our trained counsellors over the telephone.

She says it is a particularly anxious time for her:

I really feel like I am stuck between a rock and a hard place. Because of the coronavirus I agreed with my consultant that it would be too risky for me to proceed with my treatment and that we should delay it, but all the time I know that the cancer is growing. Wessex Cancer Trust has been really supportive and it’s comforting to know they’re still there even though I can’t go to the centre at the moment.

Our CEO, Cait Allen, said:

We exist to support thousands of local people at a time in their lives they most need support. Now, they need us more than ever. All of us are adjusting to a new way of living, but cancer doesn’t stop and you may be feeling particularly anxious and isolated if you have it. You might also be worried that your treatment is being delayed or that you are at a higher risk of infection.

Because we’ve had to temporarily close our support centres we’re busy evolving our services to provide telephone and online support and develop helpful resources during the pandemic, but as a charity we’re in a vulnerable position. Almost all of our planned fundraising and events have been postponed or cancelled, our corporate friends are not at work to support our fundraising and we’ve closed our charity shops for the foreseeable future.

These are worrying times for all of us but we desperately want to continue to be here for local people during the pandemic and into the future. Please donate if you can.  

Research consultancy nfpSynergy recently conducted a poll* of 1000 people on public attitudes to charities and the coronavirus. They asked respondents to what extent they were concerned about the impact of the current coronavirus on a number of groups. 81% of people said they were extremely or very concerned about the impact on people with underlying health conditions, with 76% extremely or very concerned particularly about those living with cancer. Furthermore, they asked respondents whether they would consider donating to charities working in a range of different sectors over the coming months. 66% of respondents said they would consider donating to a charity responding to the outbreak with cancer at the top of their list of their favourite causes.

*Research source - nfpSynergy poll March 2020. Base: Total Sample|Sample Size: 1000 respondents. The poll was carried out between 22nd and 24 March with 97% of responses given before the announcement of the lockdown on the evening of 23 March. For the full survey click here