We’ve donated £2,000 to York Against Cancer to support their incredible work and services. The grant application was submitted by Cassie Sinclair, Assistant Procurement & Supply Chain Manager, who nominated the charity after they provided amazing support for her mum, Christine.
York Against Cancer provide care and support for patients and their families in York and North Yorkshire. They fund pioneering research and provide cancer awareness, education and information. York Against Cancer are entirely reliant on donations and fundraising to help support their upkeep.
In February 2019, Cassie’s mum, Christine, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Luckily, the tumour was found early through routine checks, meaning it was only a matter of weeks before Christine began treatment, which included a lumpectomy, lymph node removal and radiotherapy, at St James’s Hospital in Leeds.
“My mum went through 3 back to back weeks of radiotherapy at St James’s. She booked late evening appointments where possible and I would take the afternoon off work when needed to drive her. My mum is a very nervous driver and often didn't feel well enough to drive during treatment, so between me and my stepdad, we helped to make sure she got there and back home.”Cassie Sinclair, Assistant Procurement & Supply Chain Manager
If, in the future, Cassie’s mum needed transport to Leeds for treatment or if she knew anyone needing help, she would not hesitate in suggesting using the York Against Cancer transport. The minibus collects patients from their homes and drops them at St James’s for their appointments. The minibus will then wait to take everyone back home again following their appointments and treatment.
As well as this invaluable minibus service, York Against Cancer offers a range of incredible support for patients and their families, including The Cancer Care Centre at York Hospital, which Christine, now visits. The centre is there to help anyone who is, or has been, affected by cancer and provides a friendly, relaxed environment for patients and families. The centre offers a wealth of advice, services and support, including counselling, welfare support and a complementary therapy service.
Additionally, York Against Cancer provide much needed breaks away at their respite holiday homes in Whitby and Filey. The holiday homes offer patients and their families a chance to get away for a three or four night stay and relax, regroup and recharge in a comfortable environment. The stays are available to every cancer patient receiving treatment from the York Hospital Trust, from diagnoses to mid and post treatment.
Our donation of £2,000 provides York Against Cancer with the opportunity to redecorate one of these fantastic properties, ensuring that patients and families, just like Christine’s, can enjoy quality and memorable time together.
“Thank you to the Pavers Foundation for helping to support York Against Cancer and their holiday homes. The charity were brilliant when helping my mum. It’s great that we’re able to give something back”.Cassie Sinclair, Assistant Procurement & Supply Chain Manager
“Our respite holidays give patients and their families valuable time away. The holiday homes are just far enough away to make a welcome change, but also offer a sense of security as people are only an hour or so away from home, if an emergency occurred. Thank you to the Pavers Foundation for continually supporting our work, this donation will make a big difference”.Julie Russell, General Manager at York Against Cancer
This is the 4th time that the Pavers Foundation have supported York Against Cancer, with total donations to the cause now totaling a fantastic £13,600!
To find out more about the amazing services and support offered by York Against Cancer, please visit www.yorkagainstcancer.org.uk.