Thanks to you we have improved the lives of tens of thousands of people living with cancer across our region – but there’s still much more to be done.
The money we raise is used to fund the things that the NHS is unable to, going the extra mile for people with cancer, making the experience as easy as possible for them and their families.
We fund a number of projects which have a direct impact on the lives of those living with cancer, and help them and their families to live lives as full as possible following a cancer diagnosis…
- We give over £300,000 each year to the Cancer Support Centre, which offers a drop-in facility to help people affected by cancer cope with any problem posed by the diagnosis. Last year, the centre had over 9000 visits and calls
- We spend £40,000 on community transport, run by volunteers, bringing over 12,000 patients a year from Chesterfield and Doncaster to receive treatment at the hospital. Patients are rarely well enough to drive or take a bus, and with a taxi to and from Sheffield potentially costing £50 or more, the service provides convenient transport at no charge to patients .
- £30,000 is spent on complementary therapies for over 1,100 cancer patients experiencing stress, pain or other negative consequences from chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
- Working with Age UK Sheffield, every year we support 350 older people with cancer living alone, in poverty or with poor wellbeing.
- The programme costs over £75,000 a year to deliver, and helps them claim the benefits they are entitled to, makes sure homes are appropriately adapted and provides company to people who would otherwise have to face the fight alone.
- We are currently funding 17 innovative research projects, including projects to improve treatments for breast cancer, bone cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer
Our current campaign, Beyond the Treatment is improving the ward environment and benefiting patients and their loved ones including:
- Installation of WiFi across the wards. This greatly improves entertainment and communication facilities for patients, while smart TVs also provide a wider range of entertainment and allow those using the ward to communicate with friends and family via video link.
- Circadian lighting on the inpatient wards. This mirrors natural day and night rhythms and has been shown to help sleep and rest, allowing for better rest or recovery
- Comfortable recliner chairs for visiting relatives who often spend long periods of time at a patient’s bedside. These can also be used by patients so they can sit comfortably out of bed
- Enhanced decoration and artwork to improve mood and wellbeing
- Improved day room facilities to give young people and visiting children an activity area away from the ward
Our most recent Impact report gives you more details of how the charity is helping to make a difference – download a copy