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Why your support matters

It’s not a new thing for a charity to say that it’s reliant on support from the public to carry out its work. We all know how important it is to remember good causes, and are well used to hearing charities talk about their need to fundraise.

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Nicky Thompson, Chair of The Dianne Oxberry Trust

But, as a small local charity raising awareness of ovarian cancer to women in the North West, we know the power of community support perhaps more than most.

With one hundred percent of our work being funded by generous donations from our kind supporters, we simply wouldn’t exist without it.

We set up The Dianne Oxberry Trust after the death of my good friend Dianne. We’d been completely overwhelmed by the incredible outpouring of grief and support after she died, and Ian – Dianne’s husband – was committed to ensuring that this could be channelled into positive action in her name.
We’re still a relatively small charity, but have big ambitions.

We know how cruel ovarian cancer can be, and how without a speedy diagnosis it can take away valuable years that women could have spent with their loved ones. It is often spotted really late, when the disease has already reached a point when it is more difficult to treat, so raising awareness of the signs to look out for is incredibly important.

We spend time talking at events, reaching out to women in the North West to educate and inform them; to help them understand, to dispel myths, and to encourage them to seek advice from their GP if they experience any symptoms they’re unsure of.

But as a charity that is run almost entirely by volunteers, we can only continue our work thanks to the amazing support of local people. We’re hugely grateful to everyone who helps us spread the word, who follows us on social media and encourages others to do the same, and who makes a donation – however large or small.

That people think of us, especially during a time like this, is something we never take for granted and are always so grateful for.

Huge thanks on behalf of Dianne’s family and friends, to everyone who has supported us already, or who plans to help us in the future. We couldn’t do what we do without you, and it really does make a difference to the lives of women in the North West.

© Dianne Oxberry Trust 2024
Registered with Charities Commission: 1182127