Exeter-based charity FORCE (Friends of the Oncology and Radiotherapy Centre, Exeter) has been helping local people affected by cancer since 1987. FORCE works locally to provide:
You can get in touch with FORCE on 01392 300 078
It has a Support and Information Centre in the grounds of the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital and also takes its services into the community with weekly visits to Okehampton and Tiverton.
All of FORCE’s services are available free of charge. The charity receives no Government funding and needs to raise around £900,000 every year.
The Support Centre opens five days a week and has had more than 120,000 visits in the past decade.
It helps cancer patients, their families, friends and carers as well as healthcare professionals with a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere that offers a haven from the clinical environment of the hospital.
One-to-one counselling, complementary therapies, relaxation classes, exercise sessions, support groups, benefits advice and an extensive library are among the services available.
“We believe that anyone diagnosed with cancer deserves the best possible treatment and professional support close to home,” said the charity’s chief executive Meriel Fishwick. “Cancer can bring about change in people's lives. Hearing that you or someone close to you has cancer can be a distressing experience. And it can be tough to face that alone. The FORCE Cancer Support Centre is here to help. Our experienced staff can guide you through this difficult time in so many different ways.”
Sarah Daniels, Head of Fundraising added ‘we are so pleased to have been chosen as Charity of the Year by thebestof Exeter – this is going to provide so many opportunities to spread the word about the work we do in the local community and amongst local businesses and hopefully encourage some more fundraising for such a great cause. Thank you to Colin and Dave for giving us a great start to 2015’.
For more information visit the website or call them on 01392 300 078
So friendly and inviting, there's just a feel of positivity and good well-being. The staff listen and care and are helpful in guidance and advice. A lovely atmosphere throughout!
A cancer diagnosis is a scary thing but the “extras” that FORCE provide have made a huge difference not just to my recovery but has been a source of comfort for my husband. Thank you.
The Force Cancer Charity, is very important to many people with cancer. I myself have used the centre for over three years. They offered hope and support, which I needed at the time, despite having such...
Fantastic charity with incredible achievement's and progression in supporting many people and their families. The shop located in Heavitree is superb. I cannot recommend visiting enough. Helpful & happy...
FORCE is the best! They put on the most fantastic ride ever. Best food stops, personalities and volunteers. Absolutely fabulous!