It’s a topic that will affect each and every one of us in one way or another, but alas this shall not be a saddening post… quite the opposite. Cancer is unfortunately all around us, but today’s research means that we are twice as likely to overcome it than we were a mere 40 years ago. Thanks to the continuing support of individuals all around the globe, not to mention social media phenomenons like the #nomakeupselfie we are increasing the survival chances of every single individual diagnosed, and the best part- We all have the power within us to help.
And that, dear readers, is why this post will be devoted to one of the most fiercely dedicated independent charities that is situated right on our doorstep- Cavendish Cancer Care. Often known as “Sheffield’s best kept secret” (though trying hard to change this!) the charity is funded almost entirely through fundraising and donations, and offers free of charge counselling and therapies to cancer patients and those affected by cancer in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire. They are constantly striving to embody their belief that “No one should face cancer alone”.
Now fundraising for any charity is a hard job. There’s so many ideas and events that have been done time and time again- it’s hard to establish any form of originality that people will find interest in. Similarly, as the state of the economy has deteriorated throughout recent years we’ve all had to become even more careful with how we spend our money, and the sad reality is that charity donations, events and other things are often some of the first to be cut back on.
With this in mind, it makes Cavendish’s latest fundraising venture all the more genius. Easy, simple & accessible, they’re holding a Cake Break throughout the whole of April. “What’s a cake break?” I hear your inner monologue ask. A cake break consists of getting together with loved ones, neighbors, even colleagues at work, sticking the kettle on and sharing some tasty baked or bought cakes in exchange for a small donation. What’s not to love?
It’s clear that despite the simplicity of the idea a lot of thought has gone into the event, with a downloadable fundraising pack including invitations, bunting, and even a cute cake doily emblazoned with the green and blue of the Cavendish logo available at the click of a button. All that’s left now is to get involved!
I for one love baking but I’ll admit I hardly ever make the time to dig out my scales and buy some ingredients. It is for this reason I’m using the cake break to host a vintage themed tea-party with friends, and catch up over what I hope to be many tasty (and hopefully edible!) treats.
Independent charities face as much of a challenge as independent businesses, so wherever possible it’s really important to try and do our bit, no matter how big or small. It’s very easy to feel small and insignificant when it comes to tackling bigger issues, but in my view it’s as simple as making the conscious decision to change. Once you’ve done that, you’re already half way towards making a difference.
For more information on how to get involved visit their website at www.cavcare.org.uk/cakebreak or follow them on Twitter @cavcakebreak or Facebook (although maybe not if you’re hungry, there’s some seriously delicious looking cakes in their gallery!)
I hope everyone’s having a great week so far, I for one have got that Friday feeling something silly! I’ve almost reached an incredible 800 followers on Twitter, and for that I can’t thank you enough. It’s an over-used saying but your continuing support really does mean the absolute world. Keep it up Sheffielders!
Until next time,
© The Sheffielder 2014