FORCE is proud to offer face-to-face support for anyone locally affected by cancer and to improve patient care by funding research and buying hi-tech equipment.
We consider it essential that all our services are available free of charge and close to home and we never lose sight of how important it is to provide the personal touch.
It is heart-warming to see how FORCE’s desire to support our community is matched by the many fantastic and selfless ways you find to support us.
It is that mutual love, respect and support which we believe makes our charity unique and so very special.
Helping now and looking to the future
FORCE has contributed more than £10 million to improving the quality of treatment and care available in Exeter for cancer patients and their loved ones.
We have funded £2 million worth of state-of-the-art equipment and anyone treated for cancer locally is likely to have benefitted from hardware purchased by FORCE.
We also continue to fund an extremely productive programme of cancer research in Exeter. The results have been published internationally and widely presented at conferences both at home and abroad.
And to provide vital training for cancer researchers of the future, we have set up research studentships at the University of Exeter Medical School.
It costs around £900,000 every year to maintain the services we provide, including everything on offer at our pioneering Support and Information Centre and an expanding outreach programme that’s dedicated to giving access to some of what is available in Exeter to the wider community of Devon.
We always listen and respond to local needs
None of that money comes from the Government or any other national source – we generate it all ourselves, principally from three major sources. Legacies, contributions in memorium, donations, grants and gift aid come under the heading of voluntary income and historically account for around one third of the charity’s revenue.
The other two main ways that FORCE raises money are through our award-winning charity shop in Heavitree and a series of highly successful fundraising events. The beauty of being a small, local charity is that we always listen and can respond to the changing needs of the people we are here to help.
We know what we do works so it’s about continuing to evolve and staying connected to our beneficiaries and supporters. We wouldn’t be here without them. The power of what we can do for people and the power of what they can do for themselves is what makes it so worthwhile. Together we make a difference.