força - strength against cancer
força - strength against cancer is a registered charity which was founded as the unincorporated association 'força 14' in 2011 by a group of mums from Lymington who were inspired after one of their friends (who is originally from Portugal) was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.
Força means ‘strength’ in Portuguese. What started as a group of 14 friends rallying round to help look after children and cook meals whilst the exhaustion of chemotherapy took its toll, soon grew to be much more.
força 14 were delighted to become a UK Registered Charity in 2014, becoming força - strength against cancer.
The objective of força - strength against cancer is to promote the physical and mental health of people living with or affected by cancer in Hampshire and Dorset through the provision of financial assistance, support, education and practical advice.
The força - strength against cancer team are all volunteers and we mainly operate as a fundraising team to provide funding for our projects, Nourish and Support and to help local families affected by cancer who may need financial assistance.
Nourish is our flagship project, run in conjunction with Oakhaven Hospice. We wanted to go back to our roots and to be able to provide healthy, nutritious meals for people who are undergoing chemotherapy so that a) they don’t need to think about cooking and what to eat when they are having treatment and b) to give them and their families some practical support.
People having chemotherapy at Lymington Hospital, together with Day Centre users at Oakhaven Hospice, can take away two frozen meals per week for them and their immediate family, cooked by Oakhaven and funded by força. At any one time we are helping around 80 people and providing over 400 meals per month
Support is a new project for 2019, funding and supplying post-surgery support bras for women who have had a mastectomy.
The team has also organised and run events to give information and advice on nutrition for people living with cancer, paid for the running costs of the car which brings the chemotherapy drugs to Lymington, funded equipment for the Chemo Outreach Nurse and helped numerous local families who need extra support while dealing with cancer and the effects of treatment.
We rely entirely on donations and grant funding. If you are interested in running an event to raise funds for us, making a direct donation, offering corporate support or helping us in any way, please do get in touch!