As part of our fundraising strategy, we apply to charitable trusts and foundations to help fund our services, projects and day-to-day running costs.

It is crucial for us to secure funding in this way, to help sustain the important work we do.

We are always looking for new trusts and foundations to apply to, whether local or national, which have a remit to support the type of services we provide. We are also very keen to hear from any individuals who are trustees of a charitable trust, or who know someone who sits on a board of trustees, and can give us a warm introduction to the trust.

Whether you wish your gift to be restricted to a specific project or area, or whether you allow us to use it where the need is greatest, we will keep you updated on the impact your investment has made, and welcome you to pay us a visit to see our work first-hand.

 

We have a wide range of projects that need funding across our Cancer Support Centres and other community services. Without funding, some of these projects cannot run.

Currently, fundable projects include:

The Redevelopment of our Isle of Wight Cancer Support Centre

We need to relocate and refurbish our Newport Support Centre to create a welcoming hub for local people, with bespoke areas for counselling, befriending, exercise, wellbeing and complementary therapies. Help us reach our target so we can start this project in early 2019!

 

Patient Folders

Our patient information folders give cancer patients tailored advice specific to their cancer, and a place to store all the information regarding their diagnosis and treatment. We are appealing for funds to produce new folders and increase our distribution in 2019, helping to reduce stress for many more individuals receiving a cancer diagnosis.

 

Running costs

Securing unrestricted funding towards our Support Centres and the vital services they provide, is crucial for our success and sustainability, and gives us the flexibility to adapt our services where they are most needed. For example:

  • A contribution of £5,000 could fund the cost of running our Cosham Centre for almost three weeks. Over this period, up to 76 individuals could directly benefit from free counselling, reiki, homeopathy, complementary therapy or befriending, as well as many more attending one of eight different support groups on offer.

  • A £7,000 donation could fund our Isle of Wight Centre for just over one month. In April 2018 alone, the Centre supported 150 individual clients with a range of services such as complementary therapies to help them deal with the physical and emotional side effects of their cancer treatment.

 

Nutrition Courses

Specialist nutrition courses offer bespoke nutritional information and practical advice, to help cancer patients cope with their physical symptoms, as well as improve their mental wellbeing and help towards their overall recovery. We are hoping to secure funding to run nutrition courses across our Centres in 2019.

 

Sing for Life

Singing and friendship make us feel great, so for our Sing for Life groups to stand side by side and join forces in song is excellent therapy.  The groups meet weekly and regularly perform in public to raise awareness and funds. Funding towards our Sing for Life project will help us to buy t-shirts, music sheets and pay for venue hire and equipment.

 

Children and Young people’s service

We have developed purpose-built areas in our Chandler's Ford and Bournemouth Centres where young people can meet others in a similar situation and receive specialist counselling and play therapy.

 

The Garfield Weston Foundation
In May 2019, we were delighted to receive a significant donation from The Garfield Weston Foundation, in response to our application for funding towards Wessex Cancer Trust’s running costs. The gift will help to give us the flexibility to adapt our services where they are most needed over the coming year.

 

To find out more information about our partnerships with Trusts and Foundations please get in touch with Jess:

Jessica Zubaidi
Trusts & Foundations Fundraiser
T: 023 8067 2200
E: [email protected]