On behalf of the Trustees, our Ambassadors and myself, I would like to wish all the friends and supporters of Dorset Cancer Care Foundation a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. 2018 has been a year of many ups, but also a few downs for the charity. Change is never easy for any organisation and we have said goodbye to some of our trustees during the year. But DCCF and its members are survivors, made of strong stuff and I for one have been very proud to see how our unbreakable core of supporters have ensured it’s been ‘business as usual’ for the charity and its work supporting the county’s cancer patients.
The nature of our awards is as diverse as the individuals requesting help, and I am immensely proud to say that this year we have almost doubled the amount of grants we made in 2017. Beneficiaries which immediately spring to mind include a mother of four with a brain tumour who could not afford to heat her house, a family desperate to spend a fun day together away from home and a mother struggling to afford to stay close to her daughter during prolonged stays at a London hospital. All of these people and many more have received help because of DCCF and its supporters.
In 2018 we reached our fifth anniversary and celebrated with a grand Ball – a truly special occasion – which not only recognised our achievements to date, but also announced our plans for DCCF to help even more people with cancer in the future. The High Five Campaign has got off to a fabulous start, raising with the help of the Ball, an incredible £50,000 in its first two months.
There is a great deal of hard work ahead to ensure we reach the goal of raising £250,000 in 12 months. But as always, DCCF’s supporters have been hard at work staging fabulous events, while myself, Eve and the other Trustees have been rolling up our sleeves to get involved and also forging new links with businesses who might support us in the future.
As we move into the New Year there will doubtless be more challenges for us all to face and although I’m not in a position to go into much detail at the moment, there will be an exciting, new partnership for the charity in 2019. So watch this space!
Merry Christmas everyone,
Chairman of Trustees
Our first DCCF event of the New Year is our Sunday Social where we will gratefully receive unwanted Christmas presents or unopened bottles to be used as Raffle Prizes – for details of other upcoming events or how you can help Dorset Cancer Care Foundation in 2019 please see our website.