A Preston based cancer support service has launched a crowdfunding campaign in a bid to save it from closure.Advertisement
Cancer Help, which has support centres at Vine House, Preston, and Croston House, Garstang, relies on funds from its four charity shops to provide therapeutic help to people affected by cancer.
But since the outbreak of coronavirus, the charity shops have been forced to close and all the Cancer Help’s program of summer fundraising events has had to be postponed.
Since the Government announced the country needed to go into lockdown to control the coronavirus outbreak, Cancer Help therapists have continued to work with patients and families in whatever way they can.
Online yoga sessions have taken place and face-to-face counselling sessions have moved to telephone and video chat.
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A spokesperson said: “CancerHelp Preston, like all other small charities at this time, is going to struggle to survive.
“We rely heavily on income from our charity shop sales to keep us going and with all shops closed and no sales being made, together with all of the fundraising events that we were planning being either postponed or cancelled, we need to look elsewhere to get support.
“For the last 30 plus years we have been helping people survive the impact of cancer or a bereavement and we are incredibly grateful to all of our supporters during this time.
“If the impact of this dreadful virus is anything like anticipated, we must be here during and after this as the NHS will be endeavouring to look after patients with the virus.
“We are already seeing the NHS make unimaginable decisions around cancelling cancer patients’ appointments and treatments being postponed, all of which will further add to everyone’s anxieties.”
To support Cancer Help visit their Just Giving page and make a donation.
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The charity has also been selected as a beneficiary of the Wyre Community Lottery charities.
People can buy a £1 ticket each Saturday and be in with a chance of winning £25,000! At the same time, 50% of all tickets sold when people select us as their chosen charity.
To take part, go to CancerHelp Preston.https://www.wyrelottery.co.uk/support/cancerhelp-preston-limited