Cancer charity appeals for new fund-raising challenge after success

Left to Right Chris Curtis, CEO
Left to Right Chris Curtis, CEO
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An ambitious Lancashire cancer charity is appealing to people and organisations within the NHS to set it a new fund- raising challenge.

Blackpool-based Swallows Head and Neck Cancer Support Group has just raised more than £30,000 in six months to pay for a state of the art scanner for Blackpool Royal Victoria Hospital.

But it has no plans to rest on its laurels and wants to hear from doctors, dentists and NHS organisations with ideas for its next fund raising opportunity.

Chris Curtis, chief executive (pictured), who set up the charity nearly two years ago, said: “Thanks to the hard work of our supporters we were able to raise the money for the scanner in about half the time we expected.

“Now we are ready to start again and want to hear from across the NHS in Lancashire about projects that would help adults with head and neck cancer.

“We are opened-minded about what the next challenge might be, we just want people to come forward with ideas for us to consider. We are a small charity but our friends, families and supporters are ready to help.”

Chris, himself a head and neck cancer survivor, hopes that with the help of its shop in St Annes, Swallows will be able to raise £70,000 to £80,000 this year.

It will be providing Christmas hampers for head and neck cancer patients and their families. It also helps them with birthday presents if money is tight.

Chris said: “The NHS does a superb job but sometimes cancer sufferers need to talk to people who have experienced the same issues they are facing, that is where we come in.”

The charity believes that no-one should face head and neck cancer alone and offers a 24/7 helpline on 07504 725059.

For more information or offers of help for the charity which has a shop in The Crescent, St Annes, can be obtained by ringing 01253 425078.