Statement In Response to News Of Olive Cooke’s Death

on Wednesday, 17 June 2015.

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As members of the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) self-regulatory scheme, CancerCare supports the review of the Code and guidance following the tragic death of Olive Cooke, who felt bombarded by requests for support from multiple charities. 

Our loyal supporters know that CancerCare is a unique local charity supporting the communities of North Lancashire and South Lakeland.  However, because of our name, some people do mistake us for a national charity.

We rely absolutely on donations from our supporters which allow us to offer counselling and complementary therapies free of charge to anyone affected by cancer or other life limiting conditions.  7,000 of our donors choose to  play the CancerCare Lottery and that support raises over £200,000 every year for us.  Because we are small, our Lottery is managed for us by a company called Starvale, who also adhere to strict fundraising standards.  They are currently calling a small number of our Lottery players to ask them to consider increasing their support.  In addition, their canvasser, Debbie, is calling on local homes to invite new players to join.   

If you receive a call and have any concerns at all, please do not hesitate to contact us in the CancerCare fundraising office on 01524 381820 or emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively, if you would like to talk to us about supporting CancerCare in a different way, we would be pleased to talk to you.

Alistair Mclean, from the Fundraising Standards Board has since added:

"Getting out there and asking  supporters to give feedback about your fundraising practices by telephone or door to door lottery canvassing is absolutely the right approach. CancerCare have shown  real leadership and  a genuine commitment to best practice and real accountability to their  supporters."