Breast Cancer Haven in Titchfield launches urgent appeal as it faces £900,000 shortfall

A CHARITY supporting cancer patients in Titchfield is facing a massive shortfall in donations due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Friday, 27th March 2020, 1:00 pm
Updated Friday, 27th March 2020, 7:03 pm
Members of a support group at Breast Cancer Haven, in The Square, Titchfield.

Breast Cancer Haven, in The Square, Titchfield, is continuing to work remotely in order to provide support for women and their families going through cancer treatment.

But the charity has had to launch an urgent appeal for donations - as the coronavirus crisis left it cancelling all its upcoming fundraising events.

Sally Hall, the CEO of the organisation, said: ‘With the postponement of all our fundraising events, we are looking at a shortfall of £200,000.

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‘On top of that, the wider current economic climate puts much more of our fundraising at risk. We estimate this figure to be around £900,000 over the next three months.

‘As the NHS faces extraordinary pressure from Covid-19, we are an imperative resource for people that underpins the NHS breast cancer care.’

It comes as the Stubbington Green Runners have donated £5,220, after more than 2,000 people from 30 running clubs took part in two races in June and January.

Club chairman Kevin Ashman said: ‘We are delighted to support Breast Cancer Haven and the Rowans Hospice this year with donations from our Stubbington 10k Road Race and Cheriton trail race.

‘Both charities need support now more than ever to continue their vital work during this unsettling period and it is a great feeling to know that we have helped with our donation.’

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Breast Cancer Haven in Tichfield is part of a network of five centres around the UK, offering breast cancer patients ten free hours of supportive therapy time, as well as two hours with a specialist nurse.

Ellie Hughes, community fundraiser at Breast Cancer Haven, said: ‘We are always incredibly grateful for all donations we receive, but especially in these uncertain times, this amazing amount from Stubbington Green Runners will help to ensure that we can continue to have someone at the end of the phone whenever our visitors need them, and provide remote counselling and hypnotherapy services to give peace of mind and a good night’s sleep.’

The charity is offering daily online support sessions with a doctor throughout the lockdown.