If you have cancer or you’re close to someone who has, it can be frightening and stressful. We can help.
Our vision is a future where fewer people get cancer, and those that do have equal access to the best treatment and support.
To bring practical advice, emotional support and treatment to where it matters most; the heart of the community. We help people with cancer and their loved ones cope, and through our vital research, we offer hope.
We have five strategic aims for the organisation for the next five years.
Aim 1 To provide support and treatment to people with cancer and their loved ones, closer to home in unique ways.
Aim 2 To represent the needs of people with cancer and their loved ones.
Aim 3 To conduct and fund research to improve cancer outcomes and experiences.
Aim 4 To work with communities to develop healthy lifestyle programmes raising awareness of how to prevent cancer.
Aim 5 To develop a committed and engaged team that manage their resources effectively to support our work.
Our achievements 2018/19
2018/19 was a wonderful year of achievements as we celebrated our 75th Birthday, our incredible history of life-saving research, and our innovative support services. By working together we funded over £500,000 of cancer research, launched new services and expanded others, helping us support more than 6,500 people affected by cancer. Of course, none of this would be possible without our amazing people. As well as working hard to achieve our aims, our supporters, volunteers and staff helped us raise an incredible £9.57 million. Find out more about our impact in our annual Supporter Review.
In 1943, Tenovus was founded by ten businessmen, D.R. Edwards, C.Harris, G. Brinn, C.E. Rolfe, D.Curitz, G.T. Addis, T.J.E. Price, H. Thomas, H.E. Gosling and T.Curitz. Initially, the charity funded a wide range of projects in the local area.
These ranged from building the Sunshine House for Blind Babies just outside Cardiff, to donating a washing machine to a widow with seven children who had lost an arm.
In the 1960s, Tenovus embarked on a project which was to influence our work for the next 40 years. We built the Tenovus Institute for Cancer Research in Cardiff which carried out vital research into the causes of cancer. Since then, we have concentrated our efforts on cancer and are now recognised for our pioneering work.
Our scientists developed the use of Tamoxifen, now used worldwide to treat breast cancer, and Zoladex which treats prostate cancer.
Alongside our ground-breaking research, we have developed a system of cancer support services to help cancer patients and their families, when they need it most, including our free Support Line (0808 808 1010), which is open 365 days a year.
In 2009, we developed further innovations to the support we offer cancer patients and their families with our Mobile Support Unit. The Unit was launched at the Celtic Manor in February 2009 and brings cancer care to the heart of the patient’s community. In 2013 we launched our second Unit in which is dedicated to the treatment, support and care of lymphoedema, a condition often caused by cancer treatment. In 2018 and 2019 we launched our third and fourth Units respectively.
In 2011, we conducted research into the benefits of singing for cancer patients and their families. The results of that study were so positive that we applied for funding to set up more choirs. We were awarded a £1m Big Lottery Grant to set up 15 Sing with Us choirs across Wales.
Following this success, in 2012 we were asked to put together a very special choir, for a Channel 4 documentary ‘Sing for your Life’. The documentary featured a choir of cancer patients, created by us, and followed their journey from the very first rehearsal in Cardiff, all the way to the Royal Albert Hall.
2012 also saw the launch of Tenovus Cancer Callback; a world-first service which offers newly diagnosed cancer patients a series of regular calls from an experienced nurse.
In 2014 we worked in partnership with Prostate Cancer UK and Movember to launch the ManVan. The ManVan brought support to men affected by prostate and testicular cancer in Wales. In 2014 we also launched our 15th Sing with Us choir in Wales, as well as our first in England!
At the end of 2014, following lots of research and work, we launched a refreshed brand and a new name; Tenovus Cancer Care. Our aim is for more people to know who we are and what we do, so we can support even more people affected by cancer.
In 2015 we celebrated 50 years of cancer research as well as the end of our Big Lottery choir funding. We held a huge choir celebration where all 16 of our Sing with Us choirs performed.
We also undertook a research study with the Royal College of Music in London to see if singing in one of our choirs has biological effects. The results of this study were fantastic and we announced our ‘More than Singing‘ research in 2016. The next step of this study was to launch two new choirs in London to help investigate the positive effects of choirs for people with cancer further, and we’ve recently received the exciting results.
In 2018 we celebrated our 75th birthday and our incredible history of life-saving research and innovative support services. In all those years we’ve never lost the values established by our founders in 1943, and continue to embrace a sense of community in everything we do.