Find out more about how the charity started.
The Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust knows how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything. Everyone knows somebody who has been touched by this terrible illness.
Team Solan is here to support you and help you take back some control in your life.
No-one should have to face cancer alone.
My name is Mark Solan and I am the CEO of the Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust. Let me tell you a bit about us and how we support adults and children impacted by cancer.
We were established in 2015, to help improve the quality of life of children and adults who have been affected by a cancer diagnosis or cancer bereavement. We are based in Spennymoor, County Durham and provide bespoke help and support covering any Emotional, Physical, Practical or Financial needs that are required.
We currently have a boutique and have recently opened a Furniture Store in Spennymoor. At our offices in Spennymoor, we provide counselling services, complimentary therapies, beauty and wig room service. In addition we have opened a new purpose-built kitchen and a drop in centre, to help with the stress, worry and any other issues that someone might experience during their cancer journey.
Everyone’s journey is unique, and we try to create a sense of calm and normality at a time when people are also dealing with the obstacles of day-to-day life.
With the help of donations and fundraising, we can assist with the things that we all take for granted, such as, buying the groceries, putting fuel in the car, buying the kids a school uniform or even a night at the cinema. We can provide the support of cleaners, tradesmen and gardeners where needed and help with arranging stairlifts and mobility equipment if necessary.
As well as the practical things, we regularly provide small treats like flowers, afternoon teas and takeaways and can also look at supporting families by providing respite with overnight stays and short breaks.
We have helped deliver various end of life wishes as well as bucket list requests. We have assisted with funeral arrangements and funeral plans to ensure every detail is taken care of, which in turn alleviates unnecessary stress on the family.
We opened our kitchen and Support Hub in September 2021 where we can facilitate support groups, exercise classes, group therapy and counselling sessions, hold craft classes and coffee mornings. These will all help us bring together our Warriors and support those feeling isolated or lonely.
In order for us to be sustainable and continue to grow our support and services, we are looking at funding opportunities, raising awareness of who we are and what we do and developing key partnerships.
We have developed working relationships with MacMillan, St Cuthberts Hospice, Spire Hospital Washington, County Durham and Darlington NHS and local GP surgeries and we are seeing increased referrals from all of these.
In 2015 I was asked if I would be interested in taking part in a white collar boxing event to raise money for Cancer Research UK. I thought it would be an opportunity to get fit and raise some money in memory of my Mother and Grandmother who both died from cancer.
My mam was 42 when she was told she was terminally ill and she passed away age 43, I was 22 at the time and was totally devastated and I still have not recovered from this loss.
I decided to set myself a fundraising target of £1000 (The national UWCB record was £10,240). By the night of my fight in July 2015 my total had reached £14,000 and I won my fight by a TKO after 85 seconds in the first round. The fight was a great release for me. I felt really positive and felt as if in a small way I was Knocking Out Cancer.
When my Just Giving Page closed.
Excited and inspired by my ability to raise that amount of money through donations, I decided I could do more to help those affected by this horrible disease.
The Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust was launched to help those touched by cancer. Our plan is to create a place which will support individuals and families in County Durham and Darlington who are affected by cancer. The Charity is all about you and how we can help you deal with your cancer journey.
What Team Solan Have Achieved So Far...