A charity which helps local people through the financial pressures of cancer is inviting people to become its ‘ambassadors’.
Dorset Cancer Care Foundation (DCCF) celebrates its fifth anniversary this month (June) and plans to recruit a network of voluntary ambassadors so it can help even more people in the county.
Co-Founder Eve Went, explained: “DCCF set out with the aim of helping Dorset people with cancer cope with the financial pressures caused by the disease.
“Having cancer can leave people unable to work, with mounting bills and also facing extra costs, such as transport to and from hospital.
“The money raised by DCCF and its supporters goes directly as grants to those who need it most, often within days of them applying for help.
“Our plan is to grow the charity in the next five years and for that we need to raise awareness as well as funds and this is what our ambassadors will do.”
DCCF is looking for people of any age or background who would be willing to become an ambassador for their own tiny patch of the county.
Eve continued: “An ambassador might distribute some collecting tins in local shops and empty them regularly for us. They might also spread the word about what we do, encourage people they know to fundraise for us and maybe even fundraise for us themselves, in any capacity they can.”
An ambassadors information meeting in Poole earlier this month (May) attracted around 10 volunteers.
Amongst them was Ali Campbell from Shillingstone.
Ali said: “I want to help spread the word about DCCF because the charity was there for me when I needed it, during my own cancer treatment.
“Other potential ambassadors I have met have lost ones to cancer. Or just want to do something worthwhile for people who live here in Dorset.
“DCCF isn’t looking for us to commit huge amounts of time, it just wants us to help in any way we can and I’m looking forward to organising some coffee mornings and other events in the village where I live.”
Picture caption: Dorset Cancer Care Foundation (DCCF) celebrates its fifth anniversary this month (June) and plans to recruit a network of voluntary ambassadors so it can help even more people in the county. Around 10 potential ambassadors attended a meeting in Poole this month.
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DCCF was set up in Poole in 2012 to help cancer patients living in the county. The charity and its supporters hold events to fund grants to help families meet the cost of everything from transport to and from hospital, to household bills and much needed short breaks.
The charity prides itself on being easily accessed when people need it – Often within days of applying for help.
Dorset residents facing financial hardship because of cancer to ask their GP surgery to refer them to DCCF and fill on the online form at: www.dccf.co.uk
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