As I'm sure you can imagine, the situation here at the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is changing every moment. We are doing our best to keep our clients up to date with the services we can provide and our valued supporters, including those who have booked onto our wide array of events, up to date with amended arrangements.
During this time of Covid-19 crisis, cancer is still impacting the lives of countless individuals. We are battling to keep our services running despite most of our income streams slowing or drying up completely.
I am pleased to say where possible our counsellors are still keeping appointments with clients via telephone calls or online video calling and my colleagues and I have been reaching out to isolated clients unable to leave their homes to offer reassurance and a friendly ear.
Our fantastic volunteer, Maia, who facilitates our Craft Therapy Group is sharing craft ideas to do at home, again via Facebook. These will be hugely beneficial to our clients but can be shared with friends and family too.
We are planning to set up online yoga and Pilates sessions in addition to signposting to other online advice and virtual support groups.
We are determined to continue our work in helping these individuals and we can only do so with the help of voluntary donations. We receive no NHS or Government funding.
Our income for the next 12 weeks is budgeted at £160,000. Community fundraising events are being cancelled and our flagship events are being postponed.
Of course Covid-19 is at the forefront of all of our minds, but even once it has calmed down, cancer will still be there. On average 1,000 people in the UK will face a cancer diagnosis every day and 450 others will die. Please help us support them, both now during this time of unrest, and in the months and years to come.
Thank you for your generosity during this worrying time.
We hope you and your family are safe and well.
Kate Alden - CEO Helen Rollason Cancer Charity