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The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity, which supports patients at the North Middlesex Hospital, has issued an urgent appeal for funding. The Covid-19 crisis threatens its charity shops, community fundraising efforts and its own fundraising events.

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Message from Helen Rollason Cancer Charity CEO Kate Alden.

As I'm sure you can imagine, the situation here at the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is changing every moment. We are doing our best to keep our clients up to date with the services we can provide and our valued supporters, including those who have booked onto our wide array of events, up to date with amended arrangements.

During this time of Covid-19 crisis, cancer is still impacting the lives of countless individuals. We are battling to keep our services running despite most of our income streams slowing or drying up completely.

Therefore I am asking you, our fantastic supporters to help us get through these unprecedented times. We have launched a new online fundraising campaign which you can find by visiting www.justgiving.com/campaign/covid-19-helpHRCC. Alternatively you can call me on my mobile and donate over the phone: 07730 209442.

In the past few days we have adapted our methods to bring them in line with the social distancing Government guidelines by making counselling sessions available via telephone calls or online video calling. Our therapists have been reaching out to isolated clients unable to leave their homes to attend their regular appointments.

This Thursday evening, 26th March at 8.00pm, there will be a 30 minute online Guided Relaxation session being streamed live via the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Facebook page. Our fantastic volunteer, Maia, who facilitates our Craft Therapy Group is sharing craft ideas to do at home, again via Facebook. These will be hugely beneficial to our clients but can be shared with friends and family too. We are also planning to set up online yoga and pilates sessions in addition to signposting to other online advice and virtual support groups.

We are determined to continue our work in helping these individuals and we can only do so with the help of voluntary donations. Our income for the next 12 weeks is budgeted at £160,000, yet we receive no NHS or government funding. Community fundraising events are being cancelled and our flagship events are being postponed.

Of course Covid-19 is at the forefront of all of our minds, but even once it has calmed down, cancer will still be there. On average 1,000 people in the UK will face a cancer diagnosis every day and 450 others will die. Please help us support them, both now during this time of unrest, and in the months and years to come.

Thank you for your generosity during this worrying time. We hope you and your family are safe and well.

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