Big Lottery Funding Boost for CancerCare

on Wednesday, 21 June 2017. Tags Barrow, cancer, cancer support, CancerCare, charity, Furness Carers, Kendal, Lancaster, The Big Lottery

CancerCare has been awarded almost £10,000 in Big Lottery Funding to help provide services to residents in Barrow and the wider Furness area.

CancerCare, who set up a new home in Barrow earlier this year, have been awarded £9,970 to support their continued expansion in the local community.

The CancerCare Team

The Big Lottery Funding will provide comfortable therapy rooms at the Trinity Church & Furness Carers Centre, for cancer patients and their families to access free services including counselling, massage and other holistic therapies, as well as essential day to day running costs such room hire, administration and staff travel expenses.

The extra funding will also help CancerCare promote their successful ‘Phoenix’ cancer Facebook group – an online support group offering local cancer patients and their loved ones the chance to connect with others facing similar experiences.

Rachel Minshull, Development Officer for CancerCare in Barrow said; 

“The Big Lottery Funding is great news for CancerCare. We only started to expand our services a few months ago and this funding is a major boost for our future plans.

Our popular Phoenix Cancer Group was first set up in Lancaster last year with over 150 members so we are very excited to now open it up to Barrow & Furness residents too.”

CancerCare was established over 30 years ago to provide non-medical care and emotional support to local cancer patients and their families, with two dedicated centres based in Lancaster & Kendal.  

The charity support around 1,500 local people affected by cancer across North Lancashire & South Lakeland every year and need to raise £1million in funding, raised almost entirely through fundraising  & donations.

To find out more about the therapies offered by CancerCare in Barrow and Ulverston, including the Phoenix Facebook Group, contact Rachel Minshull on 01229 384 084 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.

It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Last year it awarded £583 million and supported around 12,000 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.

Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.

The CancerCare staff team pictured above are: Back LTR: Therapists Stacey Smith & Fiona MacDonald, TCT Coordinator Pam McInnes. Front: Barrow Development Officer Rachel Minshull and Volunteer & Engagement Coordinator Andrea Partridge