Funding a place to share fears around cancer

A Sheffield charity which is on the move to a new building has raised more than £55,300 so far as part of a charity appeal.

Cavendish Cancer Care’s campaign to collect £193,000 to revamp its new premises on Wilkinson Street, Broomhall, is being backed by the Sheffield Telegraph, and donations have come from trusts, residents and newspaper readers.

Each year Cavendish supports 1,500 families affected by cancer by offering complementary therapies and counselling.

Of these 1,500 people, around 50 of those are children and young people. This year, Mistress Cutler Dr Julie Edwards has chosen to give a percentage of her Mistress Cutler’s Challenge fund to the charity’s young people’s service.

She says: “After working for many years as a volunteer for several children’s organisations, I am thrilled to be working with two local charities that provide help and support to the youngest members of our community.

“I feel privileged to be able to work alongside the staff and volunteers of both the Cavendish Cancer Care and The Sheffield Children’s Hospital and hope that the people of South Yorkshire will feel able to get involved.”

Funds will go towards the renovation of a special children and young people’s space.

Delphine Sayre, head of therapy, said: “In our new building we aim to develop a dedicated hub for our children’s service. It will have a different feel to the rest of the building, to encourage children to feel comfortable to talk about their fears surrounding cancer and how it is affecting their life.”

n Visit www.next25.co.uk or www.mistresscutlerschallenge.co.uk for details or to donate.