A força for good, supporting those with cancer in Hampshire and Dorset
New Forest based charity helps individuals living with cancer - find out how you can help 'força - strength against cancer' this Christmas.
There is a charity based in the New Forest that was born eight years ago out of helpfulness and love of a dear friend. Força - strength against cancer now supports many local people living with or affected by cancer in a number of ways...
A força for good in Lymington
When fourteen Lymington mums met around a table in 2011 there was sadness in the air. One of their closest friends, a fellow mum with two adorable young children, had just been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. It was unexpected, a shock. Something that normally happens to other people, surely.
The team vowed to help their friend as much as they could, recognising how hard it can be to keep the plates of 'normal life' spinning whilst undergoing the immense physical and psychological burden of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. They took turns to cook for their friend, nourishing family meals that they often left on the doorstep. They helped out with childcare. They thought of all the added stresses that fly in left, right and centre and helped to take care of them. They were a powerful 'force' of support.
They raised funds - initially in case their dear friend needed additional treatment. Baking cakes, organising fundraising parties. They participated in numerous events to raise awareness and others in the local community started to help them raise funds too. Soon awareness grew and they realised they had raised sufficient funds to start helping other people living with cancer too.
Already registered as an unincorporated association, Força 14, the team were delighted to become a UK Registered Charity in 2014, becoming força - strength against cancer. Their mission 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.
Helping people living with or affected by cancer in Hampshire and Dorset
Six years later, força - strength against cancer is proud to have supported a huge number of local people affected by cancer and are thankful to the many individuals, organisations and businesses who have supported them on their journey so far.
The força team, all busy working mums who selflessly volunteer their time, recognise that there are many people living with cancer in our communities who need helpfulness and support - and for whom força - strength against cancer can be a helpful 'force.'
Individual força assistance
Força - strength against cancer has provided individual financial support, for example, towards childcare (easing the burden of looking after young children whilst unable to work and undergoing cancer treatment), towards improving living conditions and towards recommended treatment not covered on the NHS. Importantly, força has helped a number of families to create cherished memories before the death of a parent, providing financial support for special days out and towards memorable holidays.
If you know someone who might benefit from individual força assistance, please complete and send this online form.
Força has also helped to fund important local services for those living with cancer, including donations to Southampton General Hospital’s Outreach Programme which provides chemotherapy services in Lymington, the running costs of the chemotherapy support vehicle run by Hope for Tomorrow and to help set up Shine UK's network in the New Forest.
Support - for local women post surgery
This summer força introduced a new project that directly assists women who have undergone a mastectomy, offering special post-surgery support bras free of charge to anyone going through mastectomy surgery at Southampton Hospital. The support bras have been kindly donated to força by Macom for the project.
Nourish - for local people undergoing cancer treatment
In 2016, força - strength against cancer started their Nourish...by força programme, which reflects the team's original objective of offering practical help to their dear friend.
The charity funds the Oakhaven Kitchen to prepare and cook a range of healthy, nourishing meals, which are then frozen and offered to chemotherapy patients so that they don’t need to spend time and energy on cooking while they are undergoing what is often a gruelling treatment. Força has funded two freezers at Oakhaven and at Lymington New Forest Hospital to store the meals and also fund the running costs.
Nourish has been enormously successful in the three years since it started, and has been expanded twice. Most recently the team have doubled the number of dinners provided when the chemotherapy unit moved from Oakhaven to Lymington Hospital in 2018.
Your business can now sponsor Nourish
Since its conception, over £40,000 has been raised for the Nourish project and it is now possible for businesses, organisations and individuals to sponsor Nourish.
Business sponsorship of a local, well organised and well-regarded charitable programme like Nourish can be highly beneficial to business. If your business would like to become a Nourish Sponsor, the team have a range of options available and would love to hear from you!
Give the gift of Nourish this Christmas
This Christmas the team have introduced their 'Nourish Gift' where you can give four Nourish meals. Your entire £10 will be donated to the charity's Nourish project and you'll receive a special postcard and envelope to give to the receipient. A wonderful 'feel-good' gift for any time of the year, including Christmas.
How to donate to força - strength against cancer
If you would like to donate to força - strength against cancer, you can do so in one of the following ways:
- As a regular or one-off donation via CAF: donate here
- Whenever you shop online with Easyfundraising: find out how here
- Whenever you shop online with Amazon (search Forca 14): find out how here
Find out more about força - strength against cancer on their website: https://www.forcaagainstcancer.org.uk/ and follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forcastrengthagainstcancer/