The Mouth Cancer Foundation has presented three awards in its annual Mouth Cancer Foundation Support Group Awards.
BrushUpUK, a charity based in Gloucestershire, won a £2,000 grant. They believe that everyone should have the knowledge, skills and access to maintain a good standard of oral health.
BrushUpUK’s Founder Megan Thomas said: “BrushUpUK is very grateful to be honoured with such a prestigious award. This generous donation of £2,000 from the Mouth Cancer Foundation will enable us to provide patients with a toolkit necessary to help deal with debilitating symptoms of cancer treatment and to continue contributing towards free oral health advice to patients who have completed their initial Head & Neck cancer treatment enabling their transition back in to general practice.”
Preston and Chorley Laryngectomee Association received a £1,000 grant to continue to help serve patients who have had a laryngectomy operation in the Lancashire, South Cumbria and Fylde Coast areas. Group Leader Kim Winterton says “Preston and Chorley Laryngectomee Association is very grateful to be honoured with such a prestigious award. This generous donation of £1,000 from the Mouth Cancer Foundation will enable us to help integrate patients back into society after life a changing operation, and also provide boogie boards.”
The £500 bronze award went to Blackpool-based Swallows Head and Neck Cancer Charity. This award was sponsored by Irwin Mitchell. The Swallows Head and Neck Cancer Charity is known as such because a lot of the difficulty a lot of people have with swallowing. The organisation is designed to provide 24/7 helpline support to patients and carers. Founder Chris Curtis says “We are very grateful to be honoured with such a prestigious award. This generous donation of £500 from the Mouth Cancer Foundation will enable us to create a unique 24/7 patient / carer support line.”
The Mouth Cancer Foundation Support Group Awards are designed to reward the incredible work that support groups across the country carry out on a daily basis. The Awards recognise the support group leaders and healthcare professionals, who give up their spare time to support and work closely with people affected by head and neck cancers.
Support groups have become a lifeline mouth cancer patients. They are often a place where they can share their experiences, and ask questions in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It is also a place where carers, relatives and friends can go for help and advice. The Mouth Cancer Foundation recognises the impact that the support groups have and how they can help improve a patient’s quality of life. In order to show their appreciation, the charity is rewarding organisations with innovative and unique support services with a variety of grant amounts.
Dentist and President of the Mouth Cancer Foundation Dr Philip Lewis says “To be able to recognise and reward these organisations and the work that they do, caring and supporting people with head and neck cancer is incredibly important. The judges were looking for evidence that the support group offers the opportunity to communicate experiences, improves patient services and tackles the consequences of head and neck cancer treatments. We felt that BrushUpUK embodied all of these qualities and therefore decided to award them a grant.”
Four shortlisted organisations each received £100 grants. For more information on the Mouth Cancer Foundation Support Group Awards visit www.mouthcancerfoundation.org.