Wills and Legacies


Wills and Legacieswills-some-things-worth-knowingYou may choose to include a legacy to Cancer Relief UK at the time you make your will or, if you have already made it, b adding a codicil to provide for your request. Your bequest could take the form of a specific sum of money or a share of your residuary estate.

We realise that this is a big decision and one not to be taken lightly but leaving money to Cancer Relief UK by will is simple and can have an enormous impact on peoples lives for years to come.

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Merry Christmas

As the festive season approaches, we have been thinking about all the people we have supported throughout the year., and all the people that have supported us.

christmas tree with baublesWe hope you will continue to support us throughout the Xmas period and the New Year.  Our charity calendar will be available to purchase next week.  Please contact us on 01246 852233, we can post them out to you.  They are only minimum donation of £5.00 each with £2.80 postage.  AND of course you are more than welcome to pop into our drop in centre to collect.

All of us a Cancer Relief UK would like to wish all our supporters and friends a very Merry Xmas and a Happy healthy New Year.



The Re-making of Calendar Girls?


From left to right – Jude, Jaqui, Sharon, Pat

Four friends and supporters of Cancer Relief UK, have recently embarked on a trip to the Daily Mails offices in Kensington in a bid to raise money for us, by undertaking a tasteful nude photoshoot.


Jude and jaqui

Sharon was approached by a journalist, asking if she and her friends would take part in a feature for the Daily Mail, talking about how they felt about nudity around their friends.  Sharon quickly got her friends, Pat, Jude and Jaqui together and they decided to go for it.  During the conversation, Cancer Relief UK came up and it was decided there and then that they would use the opportunity to raise some funds for us.

They were also hoping to raise our profile by getting us mentioned in the daily newspaper.  Sadly this didn’t happen!  In spite of us talking none stop about our efforts to raise the profile and fundraise for us.  Sharon said “It’s a real shame they didn’t mention the charity, we all kept dropping it into the conversation, saying how excited we were to be raising funds through the interview and photoshoot”.  However, the girls are still positive about raising our name and getting us more noticed.   They have set up a just giving page where you can donate to them.  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Nakedgirls

AND.. not only that, but they want to take things a little further…. they want to resurrect “The Calendar Girls” by


Sharon & Pat

producing a calendar… just like the original one, with ladies taking part, being photographed in tasteful positions (as you can see from the photos here, they cover all your bits and bobs).  BUT… also, why should men not take part?  Therefore “Calendar Girls”, becomes “Calendar Ladies & Gents”

They are looking for volunteers to take part… there isn’t much time to get involved, as the calendar needs to be completed before Xmas realistically to maximise sales.

Get in touch with Sharon  by email sharon@alwaysout.co.uk, saying why you would like to take part and please enclose a recent photo.

****We also need donations for print, make up, stylist and photography please, if you know anyone that would like to help, ask them to get in touch with Sharon as soon as possible. ***

Donate to us at no extra cost to you…

Have you heard of easyfundraising?  It’s a simple way to help us to raise funds for our work, without actually costing you anything at all!


It’s as simple as ABC… we all shop online don’t we?  Well every time you shop on line you can help us raise funds by simply doing your shopping through the fundraising site at https://new.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/cancerreliefuk/ What’s more is that you can still shop at all the retailers you normally shop with.

Here’s how you do it….

1. Start at easyfundraising

Let’s say you want to buy a pair of shoes from John Lewis. Instead of going to johnlewis.com directly, you first go to easyfundraising.org.uk.

2. Make a purchase

From the easyfundraising website, click through to John Lewis to make your purchase. This tells John Lewis you came from easyfundraising. The price of the shoes is exactly the same.

3. Get a donation

After you buy your shoes, John Lewis will give you a cash reward that you can turn into a donation for your good cause. easyfundraising collect this and send it on at no extra cost.

4. Get the easyfundraising Donation Reminder

You can skip steps 1 and 2 with the easyfundraising Donation Reminder. Just click the reminder when you shop to receive any eligible donations. You’ll never forget a free donation again!



We want your old clothes please

As we are members of the Fundraising Standards Board, we thought we would share some information on charity bag donations.  Of course, you don’t need a bag to donate to us, just call in and drop your unwanted clothes off with us, have a look around our drop in centre and have a cuppa and a chat. Or you can always give us a call on 01246 852233 and we might be able to collect from you.

In the UK, charities lose an estimated £15 million each year through the theft of charity bags or by fraudulent collections. In some cases it is straight forward theft, in others fraudsters are running bogus collections themselves, claiming that donated goods will go to charities.

Remember that the majority of collections are legitimate and charities rely heavily on this for income and stock for their shops where they have them.


Many charity supporters are now understandably nervous of donating goods in this way. But this leads to an even greater loss of income for charities.

Here’s our advice to give safely using charity bags:


Legitimate charity collection bags will feature the charity’s details and registered number on the bag. For charities who are members of the FRSB, look for our distinctive ‘tick’ logo too.

If you want to check the details, you can look up UK registered charities on the Charity Commission’s website. For Scottish charities, check out the OSCR and visit the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland for charities based there.


If the charity is using a commercial organisation then the bag must have a disclosure statement on it which clearly outlines how much of the collection’s proceeds are going to the charity and how much is going to the company.


FRSB 'give with confidence' tick logoIf the charity is a member of the FRSB, their materials should include the tick logo. This means the charity has signed up to follow the highest standards in fundraising and is regulated. See which charities are members.


Try to put the bag out on the day of the collection, to discourage theft.


If you have suspicions that your charity bag was stolen or that a ‘charity’ collection bag you have received is not legitimate, here’s who to contact:

  • Theft of charity collection bags should be reported to your local police.
  • Suspected bogus collections can be reported to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
  • Report any concerns about charity clothing collections, make a complaint to us.


The police and trading standards are tackling the issue and collating intelligence to minimise this crime.

At the FRSB, we are monitoring public complaints and working with the Institute of Fundraising to make sure charities have access to best practice guidance for household collections.


Call the charity to discuss any feedback about their fundraising. They will want to hear your views.

If you are still unhappy or you want to speak to an independent body, then you can come to the Fundraising Standards Board. Call us on 0333 321 8803 or email info@frsb.org.uk.


Fantastic opportunity to support Cancer Relief UK and play snooker with the professionals

Based in Derbyshire, Cancer Relief Uk are one of the few UK charities who offer fundamental support for cancer sufferers and their families who are experiencing financial hardship. This can be in the form of cash grants to help with travel costs to hospital for treatments, to help with utility bills, clothing due to weight loss/gain, medical equipment and many other issues which arise. We can also help fund treatment and last wishes requests. In addition to this we have two respite facilities where cancer sufferers and their families can take a break from their treatment free of charge. More information about the charity and the work we do can be found on our website www.cancerreliefuk.org . We do not receive any help from outside agencies and have to raise all funding ourselves.

As part of this fundraising initiative and to help raise the profile of the charity we are pleased to announce that former world snooker champion Ken Doherty and John Virgo have agreed to take part in a snooker evening which will be held at Matlock Golf Club on Tuesday 3rd May. The evening starts at 6.30 for a meet and greet and photographs and play starts at 7.30. Ken Doherty plays 8 frames with John Virgo doing commentary and entertainment during the interval (after 4 frames). There is also a buffet included and Ken does a Q&A style talk at the end of the evening which is said to be very entertaining with stories about other players etc. Ticket prices will be £40 for a standard ticket and £80 for a VIP ticket. VIP tickets include a frame against Ken Doherty, seating with the stars and a signed photo.

We are looking for sponsorship to help with the cost of staging the event and packages start at £320. For this we can put your logo/website address on all promotional material, posters and tickets as well as a write up and link on our website, twitter (20K followers) and Facebook and an opportunity to advertise on the night. We will also provide 2 complimentary tickets and photo opportunities with the stars of the evening.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities further or to buy tickets please contact me,

phil@cancerreliefuk.org or telephone 01246 852233

Kind regards

Phil Staton

Cancer Relief UK