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Funding support for cancer support group

21st July 2020

3 minutes

We have made a generous donation of £3,055.06 to Widnes & Runcorn Cancer Support Group through our Helping Hands initiative.

The independent group provides emotional and psychological support for local people who have been affected by cancer.

They offer a range of services which provide time, space and various interventions to alleviate the impact and effects of a cancer diagnosis within a family. These include counselling, holistic therapies, day trips, respite breaks, art therapy, gentle exercise, peer support groups and a drop-in listening service.

Back in May, the group celebrated 25 years of supporting the local community.

In September 2019, Cancer Research reported around 750 new cancer cases per year in Halton, which is in addition to those already living with and beyond cancer and its effects. Around 360 people per year die from cancer in Halton.

Last year, the group registered 174 new people with their service and provided 7477 interventions/utilisations of the service to those new and already existing service users.

The extra funding from Helping Hands will go towards running costs for the group’s children and young people’s counselling service. In 2018-2019, the services provided 72 therapeutic hours for children and young people when someone close to them has been diagnosed with cancer across seven schools in Halton.

The group has been operating differently over the last few months due to the coronavirus crisis and has not been able to provide the face to face sessions in schools.

The young people’s counsellor has been keeping in touch with the families so some of the funds have gone towards additional printing and postage, and changes to its website to include webchat. They are also working on wellbeing packs for the families who are engaging with the services of the group.

We have had a longstanding relationship with the group. Back in 2015, Halton provided some much-needed improvements works to the group’s facilities including a new kitchen area. Halton Housing’s staff also make referrals to the group regularly.

Halton Housing Customer Engagement Officer, Debbie Jameson said: “We are delighted to be working with the group once again to provide funding support. There are many people in the Borough who are affected by cancer. Providing this funding will go some way to help support people living with and dealing with cancer”.

Widnes & Runcorn Cancer Support Centre Operations Manager, Nicola Donoghue said: “We are delighted once again, to be in receipt of such generosity from Halton Housing Trust. Our project to support Children & Young People whose families are affected by cancer has grown. As a result of this help, we are able to support more young people in dealing with the impact cancer has had on their lives and on their emotional wellbeing.  We are very grateful to Halton Housing trust for this, and for all they do in our local community”.

If you or someone you know run a community-based project that could benefit from the support of Halton Housing’s Helping Hands initiative, whether it’s a refurb of a scout hut, a kitchen makeover in a community centre, or a hospice garden in need of some TLC, get in touch today for an application form. Simply email or visit the Helping Hands website page for further information.

Find out more about Widnes & Runcorn Cancer Support Group at

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