Movember – Dealing With Cancer

Our trustee Pete will once again be undertaking Movember through out this month, only this year has more significance for Pete who lost his father earlier in the year to prostate cancer. From the outset we want you to be aware that Pete’s story does not come with a happy ending and is a very honest account. Sadly, this is all to familiar and it is crucial that the message about checking yourself is passed along:

Fraser and Buddy Macintosh enjoying Legoland

Macintosh Family Trip to Legoland

Recently we arranged a trip to Legoland for the Macintosh family. We had previously been contacted by Kerry-Anne who had been diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer back in December. Kerry-Anne wanted to arrange day out for her little boy to enjoy especially after spending 3 weeks of the school holidays undergoing radiotherapy. After reading Kerry-Anne’s story and knowing the toll that undergoing cancer treatment must have taken on the whole family, we decided they were more than deserving of a special trip away.


Wear it Pink

Today sees people across Britain adorn their finest pink clothing and head out to work, school or the community all in aid of “Wear It Pink”.
Some will hold huge fundraisers to raise money for the event, some might just change the colour of their socks, but it’s all in aid of a really amazing cause.


Gift Aid Awareness Day

Today is Gift Aid Awareness Day! So, what does that actually mean?
Well, according to estimates in the UK an approximate £560m of potential Gift Aid goes unclaimed each year; which is a staggering figure. For a small charity like ours, which is totally reliant on donations, this can make a huge difference. As an example, gift aid on our recent World Record Attempt meant we generated an additional £2,000+ from people ticking the box on the donations; which will allow us to help 4-5 more families. A massive impact!


Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a worldwide annual campaign involving thousands of organisations, to highlight the importance of breast cancer awareness, education and research.


Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Report

Recently the first ever dedicated report into charitable giving in Wales was published by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).

The report is useful to us, because here at Kicking Off Against Cancer we like to remain up to date with current issues that affect our industry.
This means we can stay ahead of any regulation changes, adapt our internal processes and effectively deliver on our ‘Charitable Purpose’.

The family enjoying some quality time in the hot tub in their lodge at the Forest of Dean

Family Break in the Forest of Dean

A short while back we were contacted by Natalie who had been diagnosed with Breast Cancer earlier this year. The past few months had been tough on Natalie and her family after undergoing surgery and going through chemotherapy. There was no doubt in the minds of the trustees at KOAC that a well-deserved break with her family was in order.

The family at Legoland

A Double Trip to Legoland

A while back we were contacted by Kirsty who wanted to treat her children and parents to a trip to Legoland to thank them for everything they had done throughout her diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer.

We were delighted to be able to offer to help and after hearing this good news, Kirsty decided to also nominate her brother Leighton and his family for a treat because of how amazing he has done throughout his battle with testicular cancer

Colby and his dad receive a signed Paul Pogba shirt from United Legend Dennis Irwin

Manchester United Experience

We were recently contacted by a family who introduced us to an 8 year old boy and his father that we could not wait to help. At 8 years old Colby had already watched his sister battle and thankfully beat cancer, and now had found out that his father had stage 3 bowel cancer. His mother Dawn shared with us how tough it had been and how confusing a time it was for Colby.