Every year Princesshay supports a local charity. In 2018, we are proud to be partnering with FORCE.
FORCE Cancer Charity believes that anyone diagnosed with cancer deserves the best possible treatment and professional support close to home and face to face.
FORCE fund local research, support innovation to improve cancer care at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and offer physical, emotional, psychological and practical support for people at a difficult time in their lives.
FORCE stands for Friends of the Oncology and Radiotherapy Centre Exeter. The charity was founded in 1987 and in 2004 opened their Cancer Support and Information Centre in the grounds of the RD&E. The Centre is open every weekday from 9:30am to 4:30pm and 6:30pm on Wednesdays.
FORCE also offer support and information sessions once a week in Tiverton and Okehampton with other locations planned. All our services are free.
FORCE are there to help, whatever your cancer and wherever you are on your cancer journey. Cancer brings about change in people’s lives and hearing that you or someone close to you has cancer can be a distressing experience. A diagnosis is often accompanied by a range of different emotions which can prove challenging to face alone.
The Support Centre offers a relaxed and comfortable setting where patients, their families and friends can get information, advice and help. You don’t need a referral, which means you can call in when it’s convenient to you. You can meet other Centre users as well as talk with our professional staff and trained volunteers. There are now around 25,000 visits to our centre each year.
Among the services FORCE offers are counselling, one-to-one and group support including help for children and families, complementary therapies, benefits advice, relaxation and mindfulness sessions, exercise guidance and expertise on coping with hair loss.
FORCE work closely with hospital staff involved in the treatment of cancer patients to make sure anyone affected by cancer gets the best possible care and support.
FORCE also consider it a crucial part of our service to offer support for healthcare professionals involved in cancer care. We offer help and education for health service staff to ensure they are fully supported and offered professional development opportunities.
Anyone treated for cancer locally has likely benefitted from equipment purchased by FORCE. The charity has spent around £1.5million on cutting edge items to enhance patient care at the RD&E. Making funds available to buy the most advanced life-saving technology available for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer is one of FORCE’s key objectives.
Funding local research is at the heart of our charity. FORCE was established with a clear mission to advance cancer care in Exeter and beyond. Co-founder Dr Chris Rowland was involved in pioneering work in home-based chemotherapy and individualised radiotherapy and his studies established Exeter on the global cancer research map. We now fund clinical research at the RD&E and a team of researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School.
All services are paid for with funds generated entirely by FORCE with no Government funding. FORCE need to raise £1.5million each year to maintain their services. None of what they do would be possible without the generous support of local people who help in so many ways – with donations, by taking part in fundraising events, organising their own fundraisers or giving time as a volunteer.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
Could you take part or be a volunteer at our events this year?
Have fun and do something special for your community.
We need your help at the following events:
SUNDAY JUNE 24 – The Nello Cycle Ride (Topsham)
THURSDAY JULY 12 – Cream Teas for Cancer (Exeter)
SUNDAY OCTOBER 14 – The Great West Run (Exeter)
If you have what it takes to make a difference, please get in touch
THE FORCE FUNDRAISING TEAM
Phone: 01392 402875
“Do you still have your red sofa in the entrance/waiting area of the FORCE centre? I’ve been meaning to write to you for over five years to say THANK YOU. My husband bravely battled cancer in 2011 and was admitted for a long stay in the Yarty ward when he contracted an infection in the middle of his chemotherapy. He went on to get better and was released from isolation. We got the go-ahead to go for a walk around the hospital grounds and we walked (slowly) over to the FORCE centre. We were greeted with a warm welcome and given a hot drink. After not being able to properly sit next to each other for what seemed like forever, stuck with uncomfy hospital chairs and beds, we sat side by side on that red sofa, holding hands, and drinking tea. It was like a little sanctuary. Thanks FORCE! It’s the little things that matter 🙂 I’m glad to update that he’s fully in remission and fighting fit. And when our two miracle babies are tucked up in bed, we still sit together on the sofa, holding hands.” A FORCE SUPPORTER