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Update from our General Manager and CHP Annual Report

Cancer Help Ann Report 2020_21 FINAL

Dear Supporter 

It has been some time since I provided an update about how things are at CancerHelp so as we move into Spring and (hopefully) tentatively out of lockdown, this feels like a good time to do so. 

The outlook for many charities at the beginning of the first lockdown in March 2020 was bleak, so I am delighted to report that our Annual Accounts have been signed off for the period 01 October 2019 30 September 2020 and show a surplus of £72k. This is largely on account of the following: 

  • A legacy amounting to £70k 
  • Being able to access the various govt support schemes  – grants for the Shops and furlough 
  • A good level of success through grant funding applications – especially through the National Lottery Community Fund amounting to £86k 

This year has been challenging for many of us for lots of different reasons so I am proud of Team and the fact that we have more than survived the year, and continued providing services for people affected by cancer and bereavement throughout entire year.  

The talking therapy team members moved to online training and have now either completed their formal ‘online’ training or are nearing completion. We expect that we will continue to provide some element of online / remote counselling for the foreseeable future as this has enabled us to support people who either would not have previously been able come through to the centre as they were too ill or were caring for someone who was very ill and whom they didn’t want to leave. 

 Plans to increase the number of face-to-face sessions 

We have been providing some face-to-face (F-2-F) sessions for a number of months now (talking therapies and a limited range of complementary therapies) and hope to gradually increase the number of F-2-F sessions over the coming months but this will be dependent on a number of things: 

  • Government and relevant professional body guidance 
  • That the data being published nationally continues to improve and we see: 
  •  the cases declining / stabilising 
  •  the R number staying below 1 
  •  the local data – for me how many people are in Preston hospital with COVID is really important 
  •  that the roadmap is being followed and stays on track 
  •  The vaccine continuing to impact positively on deaths and hospitalisations 
  • Keeping the Team safe as well as clients 

 Plans for April – October 2021 

At the moment we have decided that our priority is one-to-one work. With social distancing rules, offering group work is more of a challenge – the Annexe room which has been known to hold 35 people pre-pandemic can currently hold 8 people. So again we await moving from Step 3 to Step 4 as part of the roadmap out of lockdown when social distancing measures will be reviewed. So group work is likely not to resume before September. 

We are hoping during these six months to secure funding to develop more services which will help improve the quality of life of our clients, after all that is what we do, and do well. These include:: 

  • A peripheral neuropathy clinic to help improve some of the difficult effects of chemotherapy 
  • A scar management clinic  
  • The HOPE self- management programme more as a rehabilitation programme but providing additional elements around diet & nutrition and physical activity  

Sadly we are now seeing patients who have had their surgery cancelled two or three times and this is a cause of great concern for the coming months. Consequently it is even more important that the Charity continues to raise sufficient funds to meet the expected increase in demand for services. 

Both the Annual Accounts and the Annual Report are now available on CancerHelp’s website (www.cancerhelppreston.co.uk) or hard copies are available by phoning  Vine House (01772j 793344 or emailing  info@cancerhelppreston.co.uk . If you would like to contact me directly my email is: Jeanette.smalley@cancerhelppreston.co.uk  

Thank you for your continued support.