York Against Cancer

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    About us




    We are a small, independent, local charity.

    Over the last three decades we have raised more than £15 million to make a difference to the lives of local people affected by cancer. We provide practical help and support for patients and their families living with cancer in York, North East and East Yorkshire and we fund vital research and education to prevent and cure cancer in the future.


    What we have achived so far;

    • Establishing the Cancer Care Centre at York Hospital in 1997 and since then paying the salaries of two staff and providing free complementary treatments.
    • Providing a free minibus service for York cancer pateints to St James Hospital in Leeds for their radiotherapy treatments, covering 16,000 miles a year.
    • Providing dermtoscopes to GP surgeries across York to help doctors detect skin cancer more quickly and easily.
    • Creating Yorkshire's first mobile chemotherapy unit, which launced in Summer 2017. It provides chemotherapy treatment to patients in the outlying areas of North and East Yorkshire, reducing the need for them to travel to chemotherapy units in the main York and Scarborough Hospitals.
    • Giving around 200 cancer patients and their famillies each year a free short break in our Whitby and Filey respite homes.
    • Setting up the Jack irch Unit in the Biollogy department at the University of York, where nationally and internationally acclaimed cancer research is undertaken.
    • Giving free sun hats to more than 2600 five year olds in 83 primary schools around York as part of our annual sun awareness campagin.

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