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Southern Area Hospice Services based in Newry is is one of 14 recipients of funding from the Cancer Charities Support Fund. The charity received £862K, the second largest amount of funding distributed with Macmillan Cancer Support receiving £926K.

 Health Minister Robin Swann has welcomed the vital support for the cancer charities. Nearly £8M is being distributed between the organisations as part of a £24m package of funding made available in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to support carers, cancer charities and mental health organisations.

Liz Cuddy, Chief Executive of Southern Area Hospice Services said “Southern Area Hospice Services are delighted to have received this funding as part of the Cancer Charities’ Support Fund.  I would like to thank The Community Foundation Northern Ireland for considering our application and for awarding Southern Area Hospice Services this funding.  This will allow us to develop our community services for people living with a palliative cancer diagnosis and their families and deliver our services to a wider range of patients in the Southern Trust Area.”

The Cancer Charities’ Support Fund will support prevention through awareness raising, further develop palliative care, and enhance the provision of support for cancer patients and their families.

Welcoming the initial grant payments to cancer charities, amounting to £7.95M, the Minister said: “When I first announced the availability of this funding in April, I was keen that the money would provide vital support to organisations whose work makes such a difference to the lives of those living with cancer, as well as their families and communities.

Health Minister Robin Swann is joined by Roisin Wood, Chief Executive, Community Foundation, and Simon Darby and Lee Sheridan from Young People V Cancer, one of the groups receiving monies to provide a wide range of support services for cancer patients throughout Northern Ireland.
Health Minister Robin Swann is joined by Roisin Wood, Chief Executive, Community Foundation, and Simon Darby and Lee Sheridan from Young People V Cancer, one of the groups receiving monies to provide a wide range of support services for cancer patients throughout Northern Ireland.

“The pandemic has had a significant impact on cancer services. Alongside my department’s Cancer Recovery Plan and the 10 year Cancer Strategy, which has just been launched for public consultation, this grant funding will provide and expand much needed support for patients and families. 

“I am delighted to see these payments being made to charities and I will soon be announcing further grant allocations to support carers and mental health organisations.”

The Hospice Chief Executive Liz Cuddy added “The demand for palliative cancer services has never been higher and the staff of Southern Area Hospice Services continue to work tirelessly during this very difficult time and to provide the highest level of care to cancer patients and their families.”

“The pandemic has had a significant impact on cancer services. The Department of Health has launched a Cancer Recovery Plan and the 10 year Cancer Strategy, which has just been launched for public consultation and this funding will help Southern Area Hospice Services provide and expand much needed community support for palliative cancer patients and their families in the Southern Trust Area.”

The Cancer Charities Support Fund will be available for three years and is managed by the Community Foundation which initially opened the grant by asking for applications in the range £30,000 to £1m. A total of 14 applications were approved for projects including psychological support and counselling, improved access to support services, delivery of cancer rehabilitation programmes and enhanced palliative care.

Recipients

  • Southern Area Hospice Services Ltd - £862,046
  • Marie Curie - £775,379
  • Northern Ireland Hospice - £804,079
  • Foyle Hospice - £595,957
  • Cancer Research UK - £660,000
  • Cancer Focus NI - £565,020
  • The Pink Ladies Cancer Support Group - £250,000
  • Cancer Lifeline - £200,000
  • Charis Cancer Care - £198,080.88
  • Action Cancer - £499,995
  • CLIC Sargent - £357,049
  • Macmillan Cancer Support - £926,209
  • Cancer Fund for Children - £857,882
  • Action Cancer - £400,025
  • Total awarded - £7,951,722

Community Foundation Chief Executive, Roisin Wood said: “The Community Foundation is delighted with the phenomenal response to these important funds, which will provide £7.95million to organisations supporting people with cancer here.

“The funds will be available for three years, thereby making an impact over a longer period of time, which we know will create a meaningful difference in the lives of many.”

New funding for the Cancer Charities Support Fund, featuring smaller grants from £5,000 to £30,000, will open next month. Further information can be found on the Community Foundation website: COMMUNITYFOUNDATIONNI.ORG

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