WHY VOLUNTEER FOR A CANCER CHARITY IN LONDON?
Most people have been affected by cancer in one way or another, whether it's personally or through someone they know. According to Cancer Research UK, every two minutes, someone somewhere in the country is diagnosed with a form of cancer.
Cancer charities play an important part in treating and preventing this life-altering illness. Many of these organisations help to increase awareness and focus on particular types of cancer, so more people can get the support they need, exactly when they need it.
As the largest city in the UK, it's not surprising that London has among the highest proportion of cancer patients. By playing People's Postcode Lottery, you'll be helping raise money for hundreds of organisations, including those that specifically dedicate money, time and resources to supporting people with cancer.
If you want to show your support by volunteering in London directly many cancer charities are doing incredible work.
CANCER CHARITIES IN LONDON THAT NEED YOUR SUPPORT
LIFE AFTER CANCER
This small yet incredible organisation is based in the Walthamstow area of East London. It was started by Steph Davies, a cancer survivor, to help those who have finished their treatment take care of their wellbeing and mental health.
Life After Cancer has helped hundreds of people in the city get their lives back on track thanks to free support groups and programmes run by ICF-qualified coaches. If you're a qualified coach or are thinking of becoming one, you could volunteer your time to help run a support group or assist in organising their Life After Cancer Programmes.
Another way to show your support for Life After Cancer is to simply spread the word by following its social media pages and sharing their posts. We're incredibly proud that our players have been able to raise £1,990 for the organisation so far.
PAUL'S CANCER SUPPORT CENTRE
Another local cancer charity in London is Paul's Cancer Support Centre, a friendly and supportive community organisation based on York Road in Battersea. It was renamed in 2008 after a long-standing member of the centre, Paul D'Auria, sadly passed away from cancer. As well as providing therapy, counselling and other support services, the centre also helps the families of those afflicted cope with very difficult situations.
Paul's Cancer Support Centre also runs a Home Visiting Service, so those who are too ill to leave their home can still receive counselling, touch therapy and socialisation. Volunteering your time through this service is just one of many ways you can help. The organisation is always on the lookout for qualified yoga teachers, art therapists and massage therapists who are able to help run classes or conduct home visits.
The centre in Battersea relies on volunteers to greet visitors and answer phone calls or you could even join the fundraising team and help raise awareness or organise events.
People's Postcode Lottery players have raised £18,763 for this deserving cause to date.
In 2005, two charities, Sargent Cancer Care for Children and Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood, merged to become CLIC Sargent. CLIC Sargent is a national organisation that aids young people going through cancer diagnosis, treatment or recovery. Like many other cancer charities, it's able to provide valuable support services as well as help fund care, treatments and travel costs for patients and their families.
Having cancer as a young person can be an earth-shattering experience, so CLIC Sargent works to make it as comfortable an experience as possible, for both patients and their families. The organisation tirelessly backs campaigns to change government policy that may be hindering a child or young adult's support.
People's Postcode Lottery players have been able to raise a whopping £6.7 Million for CLIC Sargent to date. In addition to playing, you could also do your bit by becoming a fundraising volunteer, working in the charity's London office or by simply showing your support at a campaigning event.
BREAST CANCER CARET
This national charity has been running for decades, providing support and raising awareness around one of the most common cancers in the world. In 2019, the organisation is set to join forces with Breast Cancer Now to become the biggest charity in the UK solely dedicated to aiding breast cancer patients and survivors.
Breast Cancer Care has its head offices in London, although it operates across the UK, with meet ups and fundraising events taking place from Bristol to Aberdeen. Players of People's Postcode Lottery have so far raised over £1 Million for the organisation, which has not only gone towards funding support services for patients, but also campaigns promoting early detection.
As well as playing People's Postcode Lottery, there are numerous ways to volunteer with Breast Cancer Care in London. Why not organise your own Big Pink Party to help raise money, or take part in a charity sports challenge? You could also join Breast Cancer Care's vast campaign network, become an Information Point volunteer or get involved with running their Moving Forward courses that provide support to those recuperating after treatment.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
While playing People's Postcode Lottery is a great way to support some fantastic organisations, there are plenty of opportunities to provide hands-on support in your area. See what's happening nearby by using our Local Causes directory.