Local Cancer Charity In Need Of Support Still Has Doubts Over Long-Term Future

Cancer Help Preston is continuing its appeal for support as they say their “struggle to survive is still very real”.

The cancer charity which has support centres in Ribbleton and Garstang say they have “survived this initial difficult period but a more significant challenge may lay ahead.”

A Justgiving campaign was launched by the charity to make up for the cancelled fundraising events due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

At the time of writing, £13,930 has been raised which is an amazing amount but still a long way to go to reach their £38,000 target.

Jonathan Gorick, Chair of Trustees, gave an update on the charity’s situation and how they are preparing to return to normal:

“A degree of normality is returning to CancerHelp as many members of staff have now returned to work, either on a full-time or part-time basis… Sadly, following Government guidance, the charity still does not feel it is able to offer Complimentary Services,

“In addition, group activities remain on hold due to the degree of risk associated with groups from varied households meeting indoors and the vulnerability of many who would attend such activities. None the less, Vine House is being readied to receive clients in a phased manner, commencing in August,

“The reception area has been reconfigured and redecorated as have a number of other spaces. Many of the rooms have been repurposed to provide a separation between the rooms used by clients and those used by staff.”

Cancer Help also heavily relies on the income of their charity shops which are in the process of re-opening:

“The CancerHelp retail team has worked extremely hard to ensure the safe re-opening of our High Street Garstang shop and already the shop is generating significant income,

“Based on that success the team has now moved on to re-open the Berry Lane Longridge shop. CancerHelp derives over 25% of its income from its shops and without them, the charity would not survive.”

The charity’s shops re-opening during COVID-19 does present them with another challenge, a large number of its volunteers are past clients who are too vulnerable to work in a shop at this time.

They have appealed for more volunteers to cover shifts in their shops, they posted on Facebook with the caption:

“At CancerHelp Preston we need volunteers for two-hour shifts in our Garstang and Longridge shops. Many of our original volunteers are vulnerable and cannot help at this time so just two hours of your time would make a huge difference to us.”

If you are interested in volunteering in the charity shops, you can contact them on 01772 793344, for any more information you can check out their Facebook page here.

If you would like to help out Cancer Help Preston, you can donate to their Justgiving page here.

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