Força – Strength Against Cancer is a Lymington-based charity that raises funds to support local people living with or affected by cancer.
Força is the chosen charity for the December New Forest LinkedIn Local Gathering on Wednesday 11th.
Força was founded in 2011 by a group of mums from Lymington, who came together to help a dear friend who had been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Helping in every way they could, the team took it in turns to deliver nourishing meals for their friend and her young family, knowing how exhausted she would be after chemotherapy.
Started in 2016, Nourish provides two free meals a week to anyone receiving chemotherapy treatment at Lymington Hospital, as well as to people attending the day hospice at Oakhaven.
Nourish has been enormously successful in the three years since it started, and has been expanded twice. Most recently the team have doubled the number of dinners provided when the chemotherapy unit moved from Oakhaven to Lymington Hospital in 2018.
Força – Strength Against Cancer fund Oakhaven to prepare and cook a range of healthy meals, which are then frozen and offered to chemotherapy patients so that they don’t need to spend time and energy on cooking while they are undergoing what is often a gruelling treatment. Força has funded two freezers at Oakhaven and at the hospital to store the meals and we also cover the running costs. Patients may take up to two meals a week for themselves and their immediate families.
Feedback to date indicates how much service users and their families appreciate the meals and the fact that they don’t need to think about organising food for at least two nights a week.
Feedback from a chemotherapy patient: “I want to send you a huge “THANK YOU” for all the wonderful work you are putting in to supply ready-for-the-oven meals for patients having treatment at Oakhaven. We are so lucky having this facility and you are making it even better. The meals are great!”
Since 2016, over £36,000 has been raised by Força for the Nourish project. However with growing demand, the project is getting (desperately) short of funds, and we are having to reduce the number of meals we can provide to one per person per week until we secure ongoing funding.
The Força team, all volunteers, has launched an appeal to raise funds for the Nourish programme.
It costs around £15,000 per year to fund Nourish – would your business consider becoming a sponsor or could we become your local “charity of the year”?
Any donation – large or small would make an immediate difference.
If the Força team are able to secure business sponsorship for Nourish, it will enable them to spend more time fundraising to continue providing tailored support for families living with cancer and also for new projects, such as our ‘Support’ initiative which is providing free post-operative bras to aid recovery.
If you would like to make a donation, please email the team on email@example.com and one of the team will be in touch.