From 2018, we will reach even more people affected by lymphoma in the UK thanks to a £250,000 grant awarded to us by the Roger Counter Foundation to mark its 10th anniversary.
As well as helping to fund core services like our support group network and buddy scheme, the grant will help us expand our regional networks so that more people can access our information and support services locally.
The Foundation was set up in 2007 by Roger Counter, a Bournemouth property developer, before he died, having been diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma in 2006.
Richard Bagley, chair of trustees for the Foundation, said, ‘Roger fought this illness with great courage and fortitude, whether in hospital or at home. In the depths of great pain and despair, he never gave up. He never let it get him down. In that sense he has been and continues to be a great inspiration to others.’
‘Roger desperately wanted to understand lymphoma and one of our aims is to make sure that people affected get the best information and support to give them the knowledge and strength to face this complex cancer.’
Jonathan Pearce, our chief executive, said, ‘We are immensely grateful to the Roger Counter Foundation for supporting our work for many years and for this exceptional grant. We thank the trustees for their ongoing support and generosity.
‘Our services are critical in helping patients and their families cope at diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond, and when they are trying to adjust to a new normal.’*Pictured is Roger Counter, who set up the Foundation.