Your views are important to us!
We’ve partnered with a local social enterprise, called Viewpoint, to help us capture the thoughts and opinions of those facing cancer, those who support them and the people who make our work possible.
The Covid-19 outbreak has disrupted so much of the treatment and support that cancer patients and families rely on. With less people visiting GPs there has been a significant drop in cancer referrals, so we know that patients and families need our help and support now more than ever.
Since the first lockdown we’ve adapted quickly; moving services online, introducing new services like hardship grants and running our telephone helpline. But now, as we emerge from lockdown we’re looking to the months and years ahead, at the changes we’ll need to make and how we can help cancer services recover, so that we can continue to be there at every step for people affected by cancer.
Emma Clarke, director of services and grant-giving at Weston Park Cancer Charity tells us more; “Covid-19 has had a huge impact on cancer diagnosis and treatment; we’re particularly concerned about people being diagnosed with a later-stage cancer as they did not contact their GP during the pandemic, despite being worried about signs and symptoms of cancer.
“We want to ensure we focus our efforts and resources on what matters most to people affected by cancer, so we’ll be asking a range of our existing clients and supporters what is most important to them and how we can best support them, every step of the way. We would however also like to hear from people affected by cancer and their loved ones who haven’t used our services to better understand why and what we need to do differently to best reach more people with our support.”
Today, one in two of us will develop cancer – it will affect every one of us, directly or indirectly, at some point. So we really need your help.