SHINING A LIGHT ON – SIMPAL
Unfortunately, in the UK the instances of people being impacted by ‘cancer poverty’ are rapidly rising. As we are all aware, a mobile phone is no longer a luxury, but a necessity – particularly when you are dealing with a cancer diagnosis. SimPal, a young and innovative charity, is providing mobile phones and pre-paid sim-cards for people affected by cancer. Currently there is no other service like this in the world.
SHINING A LIGHT ON – TREKSTOCK
Every day in the UK 34 young adults are told the life shattering words ‘you have cancer’, stopping them in their tracks. Trekstock is working hard to be here for each and every one of them.
Shining a light on – Samaritans
For more than 60 years, Samaritans volunteers have been there for anyone who is struggling. During December 2017, Samaritans responded to more than 400,000 calls for help by phone, email and text throughout the UK and Ireland. Despite the festivities, more than 11,000 of those calls for help and emotional support came in on Christmas Day, with a third dealing with loneliness and isolation.
Samaritans volunteers will be making sure there’s a listening ear day and night again this year for anyone who’s feeling overwhelmed and needs to talk, throughout the festive period.
Shining a light on – BOOBS!
CoppaFeel! is an education charity on a mission to educate young people on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, encourage them to get to know their boobs/pecs and empower them to visit their GP if they spot something abnormal.
Shining a Light on – Pancreatic Cancer Action
Pancreatic cancer is the 5th biggest cause of cancer death in the UK. However, it is set to become the 4th biggest by 2026 as other cancers’ survival rates continue to improve. The survival statistics for pancreatic cancer have not changed significantly in nearly 50 years, with less than 7% surviving 5 years. Pancreatic Cancer Action is the only UK charity that specifically focuses on early diagnosis of the disease.
Shining a Light – The Brain Tumour Charity
Every day, 31 people in the UK are diagnosed with a brain, spinal or other intracranial tumour. The Brain Tumour Charity provides a variety of services online, over the phone and face-to-face to support as many people as possible.