FACT during the Covid-19 outbreak and restrictions.
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Fighting Against Cancer Tenerife provides support to cancer sufferers and their carers in Tenerife.
FACT is a registered charity in Spain. The committee that runs FACT is entirely voluntary and takes no payment for their time and skills. FACT provides goods and services to those affected by cancer and does not give grants of money.
Funds are raised from events and donations. 100% of funds received by FACT are spent on helping those affected by cancer with a connection to Tenerife. FACT does not make grants to research.
The types of help FACT gives are listed below. It is not an exhaustive list, and each situation is assessed and a suitable help package offered. If the help you need is not listed below do not hesitate to contact us and talk through what you need.
- Transport to hospital or clinic by our own volunteers or by paying for public transport
- Translation services at hospitals, doctors or local authority appointments
- Home visits/friendly chats
- Getting the shopping in (and in some cases covering costs)
- Providing equipment such as hoists, beds, wheelchairs
- Arranging home help, both medical and domestic
Some services are provided by third parties, others by people contracted to FACT, and others by our volunteers.
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FACT was originally formed by Moira Dixon six and a half years ago. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer and was having treatment in Candelaria hospital in Santa Cruz, feeling very alone with no one to help her through this.
She thought that there might be other people feeling the same, so she put a post on Facebook to see if anyone was going through the same as herself and a small group of us responded & subsequently got together at Cozy Cafe in San Eugenio.
We never thought it would be as big as this and so quickly! We had our first fundraiser in June that year and it blew our minds with the amount we raised - over 5000 euros. The funds we raise are to help sufferers going through this disease. FACT help them to get to hospital, supply interpreters, any paperwork needed, assistance with Social Services, top up their phones, food parcels, if they need any wheelchairs or any aids and much much more.
Many clients are short of money as they've been unable to work due to their illness and FACT's help gives them peace of mind, along with this financial aid and emotional support which is greatly needed. As things have developed and clients' needs vary, we also have developed close links with other local charitable organisations, the British Consulate and Local Authorities here in Tenerife.
It is very important that we keep getting funds in. This happens in a variety of ways. Each year many of the bars on the island have helped and organised fundraisers for us. FACT also ask anyone if they have spare change in their house which we count and, as we say. every penny mounts up. This has been very successful raising over 1500 euros this way in the last two years. All this along with private donations, our FACT Collection Tins and sales of the FACT merchandise goes towards raising the money needed to continue doing what we do.
All the volunteers work so hard for FACT giving their time and support to help others. We are always looking for additional help and welcome anyone who wishes to find out more about what we do and come along join the FACT team as a volunteer.
FACT are proud of our Asociación status, registered under Moira Dixon Y Amigos Contra El Cáncer. We keep the running costs of the Asociación to a bare minimum with no real overheads or admin charges apart from bank charges. So nearly all of each Euro donated goes to help our clients. It is really important that we continue to receive the support of others and the donations coming in.
If you need support or know someone who does or wish to donate please watch out for events and meetings.
Facebook: Fighting Against Cancer Tenerife
FACT Mobile +34 604 18 67 16
Moira has now gone back to live in Scotland now, but we are all proud to carry on and keep her FACT going,
On behalf of FACT we would like to thank each and every bar, entertainers and to all the generous people who have donated over the years and long may it continue. Sending all our love out to those we support and to anyone affected by cancer.
FACT - Fighting Against Cancer Tenerife
Moira Dixon Y Amigos Contra El Cáncer
Asociación No G1/S1/23010-17/TF
FACT: Fighting Against Cancer Tenerife
FACT has a range of branded merchandise so you can show your support for us whenever you want to. It is generally available at all FACT events, or you can visit our ONLINE STORE to buy for home delivery.
For other ways of helping FACT to help cancer sufferers, see our SUPPORT Page.
This is the most boring, dry bit of the site, but as a registered Association, FACT has to have this stuff. Believe us, we would much rather be out there helping people or raising the funds that will allow us to continue!.