Cancare was formed some 30 years ago after two of its founder members had undergone treatment and presented with the desire to pass on their experiences to others newly diagnosed. During their visits to patients they became aware of the lack of equipment available for patients and, although this was not their aim, fundraising began and charitable status applied for.
We have been able to support many individuals as well as hospitals, hospices and GP practices. Amongst some of our purchases over these years are: several pressure relieving mattresses and cushions, dermatoscopes (to assist with the diagnosis of skin cancers), equipment and furnishings for a hospital Quiet Room, and cool caps for a Chemotherapy Department.
Most recently we have supported two local hospices by purchasing virtual reality headsets and equipment as well as the funding of a specialist chair with the relevant supplies for a Lymphoedema Clinic.
We are a caring Committee of ten, varying in age and experience. Our leaflets with contact information can be found in the GP surgeries, local hospitals and some departments of the larger hospitals.