Supporting Local Charities
We are passionate about supporting local charities, and recently I have been commissioned by GB3 to provide one day a week of consultancy, to a local charity that we are passionate about. I’ll be utilising my fundraising skills to support the great work that Cancer Help do. As a member of the GB3 team, I love overseeing HR, Events and our marketing activities, however, my primary passion has always been for local charities and I have developed a huge amount of experience as a fundraiser over the past 9 years working for and alongside charities.
I have seen too many people’s lives touched by cancer and now I get a chance, once again to make a difference! I have been going to Cancer Help now for the past few months, and have loved helping with their back office functions looking at their processes, events, website and grants. A charity of this size doesn’t have the money needed to employee a Fundraiser, and therefore they have welcomed the support that even one free day a week can bring them.
Tell us one of the highlights:
I think meeting some of the Support Groups again has been my highlight, making sure that they are still getting the support they need and it’s been great catching up over a cup of tea!
As always there is never enough time in the day to get things done, but this team is really making the most of every single minute! When the opportunity presents itself, it’s so important for us to chat and support someone in need, meeting them in their situation. We may have no idea of the impact that this will have on their lives or the tiny flicker of light we may bring to them in that moment. To me that’s what it is all about and I couldn’t be more proud of GB3 for making this possible!
Our Story – Cancer Help (Preston) Ltd
We have been a Registered Charity since 1989, offering our services free of charge. These services are available to anyone affected by cancer, including friends and family.
Support to the patient’s family is essential as they are often under a huge amount of pressure trying to keep everything together – paying the bills, supporting the patient and children etc.
This can often be an overwhelming and frightening time for the carer(s) as well as the patient.
The support offered is available from the point of diagnosis onwards, as the patient either recovers from their cancer and its treatment or as we support them into and often beyond the palliative stage. Importantly we can also be there to support the whole family unit throughout this time and ultimately in their loss, if sadly their loved one does not survive.
Over the years Cancer Help became aware that there was a lack of support for other children and young people who had been bereaved, through non-cancer related bereavement. The Charity developed its “Stride” service, whereby assistance can be offered to children and young people, along with the training and support of staff in schools and other settings.
We also act as an outreach base for St Catherine’s Hospice, enabling them to offer services North of the River Ribble, to clients who otherwise may find getting to the Hospice a challenge. These include:
• Lymphoedema service.
• Clinical Nurse Specialist Service.
• Palliative Care Consultant’s Clinic.
We endeavour to self-fund as far as we possibly can and have a spread of income streams, predominantly from our four charity shops but also from: our membership scheme; fundraising activities; donations and legacies; training activities that our Therapy Team deliver; and two small NHS contracts. We have provided our services for over 25 years and have a very small team providing the back office function, with the focus being on delivering services.
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