Yorkshire cancer charity which has helped thousands in last 30 year now faces its own fight for survival

A Yorkshire cancer charity that has helped thousands of families and individuals for more than three decades is now facing its own fight for survival.

Cancer Support Yorkshire has helped thousands of people across Yorkshire in the last 30 years

Cancer Support Yorkshire, a small, independent charity founded in Bradford, is passionate about continuing its work despite the financial impact of the pandemic which has left the charity facing a shortfall of over £100,000 to date.

The charity, whose services provide care and support to people throughout Bradford and other parts of Yorkshire, is appealing for public support to keep it going.

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Proceeds from fundraising events help to fund its free services. Many of these have been cancelled which has had a huge financial impact on the charity.

Yet, despite this, the charity’s teams have continued to help local people through this difficult time.

During the pandemic Cancer Support Yorkshire, which supports more than 2,000 people a year, was forced to close its Bradford and Skipton centres to clients. The team members are working from home via telephone and online platforms such as Zoom, have helped more than 1,500 people to access welfare rights and wellbeing support.

Positive comments from those who have benefited from its services during these challenging times are testimony to the charity’s determination to continue providing such vital support.

One user, identified only as Louise, said: “With hospital appointments being put on hold, my anxiety levels have increased.

“Add to that the isolation of being alone at home.

“I’m so grateful to have the counselling sessions to look forward to each week by zoom, you’re really helping me to process things and to stay strong through this difficult time. Your support is invaluable to me.”

Another user, Phillipa, said: “Thank you for taking the time to make sure we are ok, it’s good to know you’re still there.”

And Jsmes said: “I cannot believe the changes in my anxiety levels I feel so calm and relaxed. In a few sessions I have learnt how to reconnect with my body- it’s making a difference.”

A spokesman for the charity said: “I am so grateful to be part of this venture, encouraging and helping others to relax through what I love doing in these difficult times.”

The charity said: “Since March, we have shared the message ‘We are Still Here for You’. Our services have been a lifeline for so many.

“CSY’s staff team and volunteers have pulled together and adapted our service delivery, so that we can continue to support local people who really need it.

“We are all too aware of the impact these unprecedented times are having on the physical, mental, and financial wellbeing of many people.

“I have personally seen those affected by cancer struggle even more so during this period.

“We are appealing to everyone; on behalf of those affected by cancer and their families, please help.”

Donating to the charity’s appeal will help to ensure that Cancer Support Yorkshire “is here for everyone who needs us, for many years to come”.

For details of how to contribute visit the charity website at www.cancersupportyorkshire.org.uk/make-a-donation.