What we do

We are a small, independent, local charity. Over the last three decades we have raised more than £14 million to make a difference to the lives of local people affected by cancer.

We provide practical help and support for patients and their families living with Cancer in York and North Yorkshire and we fund vital research and education to prevent and cure cancer in the future.

We are supported by businesses, organisations, groups, schools and individuals and together we really do make a difference to the lives of local people. 

Our work includes:

  • Establishing the Cancer Care Centre at York Hospital in 1997 and since then paying the salaries of two staff and providing free complementary treatments.
  • Providing a free minibus service for York cancer patients to St James Hospital in Leeds for their radiotherapy treatments, covering 16,000 miles per year.
  • Providing 37 dermatoscopes to GP surgeries across York to help doctors detect skin cancer more quickly and easily
  • Commissioning a £700,000 mobile chemotherapy unit to be delivered in summer 2017. It will be the only one of its kind in the local region and will provide chemotherapy treatment to patients in the outlying areas of north-east Yorkshire, reducing the need for them to travel to chemotherapy units in the main York and Scarborough Hospitals.
  • Giving around 200 cancer patients and their families each year a free  short break in our Whitby and Filey respite homes.
  • Setting up the Jack Birch Unit in the Biology department at the University of York where nationally and internationally acclaimed cancer research is undertaken.
  • Giving free sun hats to more than 2,600 five-year-olds in 83 primary schools around York as part of our annual sun awareness campaign.