Sheffield cancer centre’s festive kindness

Telegraph campaign to help raise �200k to help Cavendish Cancer Care to move to a new buiding. Mike Sawkins, Fundraiser, is pictured outside the new building. Picture: Chris Etchells

Telegraph campaign to help raise �200k to help Cavendish Cancer Care to move to a new buiding. Mike Sawkins, Fundraiser, is pictured outside the new building. Picture: Chris Etchells

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Christmas is near – bringing with it many ways Sheffield Telegraph readers can support a campaign in aid of Cavendish Cancer Care.

The Telegraph is backing an appeal to collect £193,000 to help the city charity move to a new base near to its existing home on Wilkinson Street in Broomhall.

The charity saw nearly 100 new patients and carers last December, indicating that people are particularly in need of support over the festive season.

Cavendish offers cancer patients and their families a chance to talk in confidence and offer complementary therapies to support their recovery.

More than half of the funds have been raised so far.

Ann Hetherington, head of therapy, said: “Christmas is often seen as the happiest time of the year, but for some people it can be a very difficult time. Worrying about a cancer diagnosis can make it very difficult for people, as can treatment, operations and caring for loved ones. We also see people who are facing Christmas without their family members and find it a very upsetting time.”

Each initial face-to-face assessment costs around £40, and a full course of therapy is around £380, she said. As well as simply donating money, Christmas cards – £4 for a pack of 10 – are being sold with a range of Sheffield-themed designs, the charity’s annual festive raffle is taking place.

l Visit www.next25.co.uk to donate.