Força - strength against cancer is a registered charity which was founded as the unincorporated association 'força 14' in 2011 by a group of mums from Lymington who were inspired after one of their friends (who is originally from Portugal) was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.
Força means ‘strength’ in Portuguese. What started as a group of 14 friends rallying round to help look after children and cook meals whilst the exhaustion of chemotherapy took its toll, soon grew to be much more.
Força 14 were delighted to become a UK Registered Charity in 2014, becoming Força - Strength Against Cancer.
The objective of Força - Strength Against Cancer is to promote the physical and mental health of people living with or affected by cancer in Hampshire and Dorset through the provision of financial assistance, support, education and practical advice.
The Força team are all volunteers, with the desire to improve the services provided locally to people receiving cancer treatment and to raise awareness of how lifestyle and diet can help and support local young adults living with cancer.
Money raised so far has been re-invested locally, with donations to individuals and organisations, such as the Southampton General Hospital’s Outreach Programme at Oakhaven Hospice and local networking groups, including Shine New Forest and LYLAC (Live Your Life After Cancer).
The team has also organised and run events to give information and advice on nutrition for people living with cancer.
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