Project information

Holistic Therapies for Cancer Patients

A cancer diagnosis inevitably leads to an emotional and physical journey through stress, anxiety, pain, discomfort and fatigue. Will you help us bring the well known benefits of holistic therapies - reiki, aromatherapy and reflexology - to every patient who wants it in Lancashire and South Lakes?

April 2014 - March 2015

Charity information: The Rosemere Cancer Foundation

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  • Need


    The impact of a cancer diagnosis & subsequent treatment combine to present an emotional and physical ordeal for the patient. Debilitating side effects of treatment include muscle & bone pain, extreme fatigue, nausea, skin sensitivity & breakdown, hair loss, numbness, headaches, anxiety and depression. Around 9000 people every year face a cancer diagnosis in Lancashire and the South Lakes, and with the NHS tightly focused on diagnosis and treatment, there are no remaining resources to help.


    The positive effects of holistic and complimentary therapies are well documented and now accepted by the medical profession. This project brings together the benefits of holistic therapies and the complex needs of the patient. We have funded small schemes with patients, carers and clinicians all giving very positive feedback about the impact on patient well-being. Over the course of the 6 therapy sessions, feelings of care and support also develop, this aiding the recovery of the patient

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve the well - being of patients having treatment for cancer in Lancashire and the South Lakes.


    » Establish complimentary therapy sessions in each of the 4 Hospital Trusts in Lancashire and the South Lakes.
    » develop materials to promote the scheme.
    » appoint appropriately qualified therapists to deliver the sessions to a consistently high standard.

    What success will look like

    We will produce and disemminate a mid - term and a final report using qualitative and quantitative data in the form of feedback gathered from patients, carers and clinicians.

    Aim 2

    To deliver the scheme successfully, and to provide further evidence of the benefits of the scheme.


    » establish a monitoring and evaluation system, with delivery and expenditure targets so as to be able to provide progress reports to stakeholders.
    » establish a mechanism for capturing, collating and evaluating feedback from patients, so as to provide impact report on the benefits of the therapies.
    » provide a final report on the overall scheme for stakeholders, and to use as evidence for future funding.

    What success will look like

    The final report will report the success of the project in terms of delivey of targets against those set out in the project plan. This will be diemminated widely.

    Aim 3

    to provide a consistent and equitable service to patients accross Lancashire and the South Lakes.


    » establish one referral mechanism and delivery framework which ensures all 4 Trusts deliver the same service to patients in their areas.

    What success will look like

    The mid term and final reports will present evidence of standards of delivery across the whole Rosemere area, and will be widely available to stakeholders.

  • Impact


    1. improvements to the long term wellbeing and recovery of cancer patients will be an outcome. It will be difficult to evidence that this is as a result of the project, as so many factors play a part. We can, however, report the qualitative feedback from patients.
    2. The evidence of the benefits of the project on patient wellbeing and recovery from treatment will be used to: a) raise funds to continue the work in the future and, b) to try to get the work funded by the NHS in the future.


    1. Low take up by patients. We will produce materials to promote the project in patient areas & will raise awareness of the project to clinical & support staff to ensure referrals are made.
    2. High demand that outweighs available appointments. managed by having a flexible approach to appointments, offering a different location, time or therapist.
    3. Inconsistencies in delivery across the area. Policy and procedures will be developed, to be applied by all 4 Hospital Trusts.


    We will work with major donors and funders to provide the information they need on the progress of the project. Reporting mechanisms for other donors will comprise:
    - updates in our quarterly newsletter
    - website articles
    - mid - term and final evaluation report dissemination

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £170,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £157,250 delivery therapy sessions x 6,300
      £12,750 admin and promo materials, management and admin

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    fundraising £150,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project will be delivered at each of the Hospital Trust sites in our patch which are delivering cancer treatment. These are: Blackburn, Burnley, Preston, Kendal, Blackpool, Lancaster, Barrow in Furness.


    The population in our area is approximately 1,500,000, of which half will experience a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. Cancer does not discriminate between an individuals situation. However pockets of very serious deprivation exist in Lancashire and South Cumbria, meaning patients are less likely to have income to spend on therapies to assist in recovery from cancer treatment. this project will allow everyone to access the same therapies, and maximise their recovery prospects.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Rosemere Cancer Foundation is the only charity which has a sub -regional remit to support the NHS to deliver the best cancer service possible. The funds we raise are all spent on this as our charitable activity.
    We have funded complimentary therapies for chemotherapy patients in some areas as pilot schemes, and so have the experience to be able to broaden the scheme to the whole area.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sue Thompson

    Administration of project; monitoring of project delivery. To ensure consistency of management and delivery across whole of Rosemere CF area.

    Therapist Manager

    Appointment, training and supervision of qualified and experienced therapists. Maintaining consistently high standards of care.

    Helen Clements. Radiotherapy Manager, Courtney Spinks, Oncology Matron.

    Project delivery and protocol for referral of radiotherapy and chemotherapy patients.

    Consultant Oncologists X 21

    Consistent referral of patients.

cancer patients are soothed by holistic therapies

cancer patients are soothed by holistic therapies