Uniting to face cancer is important
Uniting to face cancer is important: one in two of us will develop cancer – it will affect every one of us, directly or indirectly at some point.
Weston Park Cancer Charity and Nenna Kind, two local cancer charities, have announced that they plan to become one organisation in 2020.
In a joint statement, Weston Park CEO Samantha Dixon alongside Barbara and David Wallace of Nenna Kind said; “We have worked very closely for a number of years and the decision to become one organisation is based on a desire to continue the legacy of Nenna Kind which was originally founded to give hope, help and encouragement to all who are affected by cancer. United by our shared ambition to provide support, the takeover will enable the continuation and growth of this unique service to benefit cancer patients in Chesterfield.”
The safety of clients, staff and volunteers is of paramount importance to both charities and therefore the merger, which was originally due to take place in Spring 2020 is delayed due to the current coronavirus outbreak. In the meantime, both charities are working closely behind the scenes with the intention to become one organisation later in the year.
Due to the current pandemic, the Nenna Kind centre in Chesterfield is closed. If you or someone you know is affected by cancer and needs support at this time please visit westonpark.org.uk or call 0114 553 3330.
It is envisaged that a small number of new roles will be introduced, including a healthcare professional, which will enable Barbara to retire, after an initial handover period, to enjoy more time with her family.
A team of valued volunteers will continue to play an integral role in the charity, which offers a range of services and activities for cancer patients and those caring for them. The team, which will be led by the newly appointed healthcare professional, which will offer a blend of practical, financial and emotional support to the people of Chesterfield.
David added: “I’m delighted that the transport service, provided by a team of volunteers including myself, will continue. We understand how stressful travelling to hospital can be, so we help ease that by taking patients to and from their appointments at Weston Park in Sheffield.”
Samantha Dixon, added “Over the last nine years, Barbara and David have worked tirelessly to support local cancer patients in Chesterfield, so it will be a great honour to continue their legacy in memory of their daughter. Running a service, such as this, is a serious joint effort, made possible by the dedicated team of volunteers, fundraisers, donors and supporters – I am full of admiration for everything that has been achieved by the Nenna Kind team.
For one in two of us, cancer will become a reality. By merging, we promise to be there at every step, for anyone who needs us.”