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2017 Charity Award – We have a winner!

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This year we’ve let you decide which charity receives the £5,000 2017 Charity Award!

Earlier this year we asked for nominations from our members and the general public, staff and Committee members then shortlisted down to the final 10 and they were put to the public vote. The final 10 were as follows: Be Child Cancer Aware, Cavendish Cancer Care, Foxhill Forum, Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre (South Yorkshire), Neuro Support Group (Rotherham), Rain Rescue, Sheffield Mencap & Gateway, Cavendish Cancer CareSurvivors of Depression in Transition, The Osbourne Trust and finally Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Voting closed on the 31st July 2017. After a very close vote throughout, Cavendish Cancer Care stormed into the lead in the last few days eventually winning by 300 votes!

Tony Burdin – CEO, Sheffield Mutual said,

“This is the first time we’ve held a public vote and I’m delighted with the response. What matters most is that it produced a very worthwhile winner.”

Jonny Cole – Fundraiser, Cavendish Cancer Care said,

“All at Cavendish Cancer Care were delighted to receive the news we had come out top in the public vote for the Sheffield Mutual Charity Award. At Cavendish we believe in putting the person back at the centre of their care and support. Our clients tell us this means so much to them and makes a massive difference to their feeling of wellbeing and ability to cope with their cancer journey.  This is reflected in the level of support we have received in this vote, we saw so many people who care passionately about the charity sharing our posts on Facebook and Twitter asking their friends and family to vote for us. We are overwhelmed by the final result but most importantly the donation means we can offer almost 200 extra hours of therapeutic care and support.”

Cavendish Cancer Care is a Sheffield based charity who first opened its doors in 1991 to people across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire, they recognise that cancer affects every aspect of a person’s life and that the impact of this life-changing diagnosis extends far beyond the patient. Cavendish care is available at all stages of the cancer journey from diagnosis, through remission and recurrence, to end of life care and bereavement.

They offer free-of-charge support in the form of counselling and complementary therapies to whole families including reiki, shiatsu, massage, aromatherapy massage, hypnotherapy, reflexology and art therapy, they see clients within 5 days of initial contact.

They have a specialist Children’s and Young Person’s Service (providing play therapy, counselling etc.) and Bereavement Services; they support the whole family, not only the cancer patient and help at a time where people need it most.

They provide a place where people can share feelings and thoughts without guilt or the fear of upsetting anyone, they help people feel more in control, more confident and more able to cope.

They need £600k per annum to provide their services which need to be generated, in the largest part, through fundraising activities.

They currently support around 1,500 families each year and in their 25th anniversary year saw their 20,000th client, but they know that there is so much more they could be doing if they had more funding. There are 65,000 people already living with and living on after cancer in our region, and in South Yorkshire alone another 8,900 will be diagnosed this year, which equates to one person every hour. Many thousands more will be affected by their diagnoses and they want every single one of them to know that they can count on their support. They are not an NHS charity and receive enough NHS funding to keep their doors open for only 3 weeks, relying on the generosity of local people to make sure they are here to support cancer patients and their families for future years to come.

Visit their website to find out more:- https://cavcare.org.uk/

 

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