Lymington Força charity raising funds for 'Nourish' programme
Can you or your business help to fund nutritious meals for local people receiving chemotherapy in the local community?
Força - Strength Against Cancer is a Lymington-based charity that raises funds to support local people living with or affected by cancer.
The charity was founded by a group of mums from Lymington, who came together to help a dear friend who had been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Helping every way they could, the team took it in turns to deliver nourishing meals for their friend and her young family, knowing how exhausted she would be after chemotherapy.
You may be aware of the work done by Força – Strength Against Cancer in our community, a key element of which is the 'Nourish' project based at Lymington Hospital and at Oakhaven Hospice.
Started in 2016, Nourish provides two free meals a week to anyone receiving chemotherapy treatment at Lymington Hospital, as well as to people attending the day hospice at Oakhaven.
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.
Força – Strength Against Cancer fund Oakhaven to prepare and cook a range of healthy 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 the hospital to store the meals and we also cover the running costs. Patients may take up to two meals a week for themselves and their immediate families.
"Thank you so much..."
Feedback to date indicates how much service users and their families appreciate the meals and the fact that they don't need to think about organising food for at least two nights a week.
Feedback from a chemotherapy patient: “I want to send you a huge “THANK YOU” for all the wonderful work you are putting in to supply ready-for-the-oven meals for patients having treatment at Oakhaven. We are so lucky having this facility and you are making it even better. The meals are great!”
Chemo Treatment Receptionist: “I wanted to tell you how much the meals you provide are appreciated. Our patients are clutching their meals and they are so relieved not to have to cook for the next couple of days. Very well done.”
“Thank you so much for the service you provide. I know you all realise how important it is at such times to have something to look forward to. It is inspiring what you do as força. Thank you.”
The cost of Nourish is growing as more and more patients benefit
Since its conception in 2016, over £36,000 has been raised by Forca for the Nourish project. However with growing demand, the project is getting (desperately) short of funds, and going forwards Força will need to reduce the number of meals they can offer from September unless more funds can be raised to sustain the project.
Can you help fund Nourish...by Força?
The Força team, all volunteers, are launching a summer appeal to raise funds for the Nourish programme. Can you help with a donation? Would your business consider becoming a sponsor of the Nourish programme? Just 16 donations of £1,125 will secure the Nourish project as it stands for a year.
If the Força team are able to secure business sponsorship of the Nourish programme, it will enable them to spend time fundraising to continue providing help with individual requests and new projects, such as their new 'Support' initiative (Força have just secured a donation of bras for post operative care).
How to donate
How your businesses can become a Nourish Sponsor
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!