Lucky, honoured, humbled, proud…there are endless superlatives one could use to describe how I’ve felt over the last few weeks, visiting and presenting cheques to a number of local and regional causes we have been able to support.
Challenge Cancer UK wants to recognise and support not only the larger national charities, which do some incredibly important work, but those smaller and regional charities…those who do equally important work, but are often overlooked when it comes to financial support.
Within the last month I have had the absolute pleasure of visiting Liverpool Sunflowers, and the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Both very different, but uniquely amazing places who do vital work in supporting those affected by cancer.
Liverpool Sunflowers – an amazing charity, run by CEO Emma Squibb and her team. They offer a confidential and free advice and guidance services, counselling, alternative therapies and group support sessions in a welcoming and safe environment. This week, for example, they are offering yoga, crafts, art therapy, tai chi, textiles, pilates, singing, and on Saturday, owl therapy! Their visitors are able to discuss their experiences with others, and it is just a warm, happy, delightful place, filled with lovely friendly people. They are doing so much good, and we’re proud to support them.
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital – As the father of a 2 year old child, my visit to this truly amazing place, filled with truly amazing people – patients and staff – reinforced to me why we do what we do. Of course people’s daily struggles are relative, but to anyone who feels they’re having a tough day, I would challenge them to spend little more than half an hour at the RMCH without feeling inspired, humbled, and quite frankly shamed into putting their own problems into a new perspective. A very emotional, but inspiring afternoon. Again, so incredibly proud to be able to support their work in some small way.
Out of interest, our financial contribution to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital will go towards a Bone Marrow Transplant Isolation Unit, which looks after some of the hospitals most poorly children. As a great deal of time is spent in isolation, the work on the unit is to make each cubicle as much of a home from home as possible for the children. It’s a fantastic project, and one that we wholeheartedly support.
Since the beginning of July, we have also supported Pancreatic Cancer Action, based in Hampshire – have a cheque being handed over to Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer today, in Birmingham – and have one of our supporters presenting a cheque to Tenovus Cancer Care, based in Cardiff on the 14th October. All incredible charities, doing amazing work.
Whilst it’s not always easy to demonstrate exactly what somebody’s £1 does, one thing is for certain, your money helps some incredibly brave and often quite poorly people, as well as educate others around the signs, symptoms, and likely causes of certain cancers. Equally certain is that we can’t do what we do without your support, and we hope you are as proud of yourselves as we are of you. Thank you, and please keep supporting us in whatever way you can.