Setting the record straight on charity

WE would like to correct a number of factual inaccuracies recently reported in the local press regarding the Seahouses Cancer Car.

The Seahouses and District Cancer Research and Relief Fund is a local registered charity which has been running for over 30 years and has a committee of volunteers who donate much of their valuable time to help raise money for the Fund.

They do this through a variety of means, such as coffee mornings and sponsored local social events, as well as receiving donations and money from sponsorship, for example from the Great North Run.

The charity supports a number of national, as well as local, cancer-related causes including HospiceCare North Northumberland and the Berwick Infirmary Chemotherapy Unit.

Funds are also used locally to provide items of equipment or carers for patients in need, as well as helping to fund transport costs for patients travelling to hospital for cancer related treatments.

The Seahouses Cancer Car, as it was erroneously labelled, does not exist as such.

It is a local taxi service frequently requested by the committee for taxiing patients for these hospital trips and which receives payment, and not just petrol money, for providing this service.

If you would like to know more about this local charity or feel you might be able to help in any way, then please contact  Joan 01665 721208 or Iris 01668 213482.

The Seahouses Cancer Fund  Management Committee

l Editor’s comment: The information regarding the Seahouses Cancer Car was provided to the Northumberland Gazette as part of the Pride of Northumberland Awards nomination process.