Cancer Campaign in Suffolk (CCiS) is a registered local charity with no affilation to any national charity or organisation. All the money raised stays here in Suffolk for the benefit of the local community. We work in partnership with Ipswich Hospital Trust at our John Le Vay Cancer Information Centre (JLVCIC) to provides services for everyone with a cancer diagnosis.
The aim of the charity is to improve access to high quality information and support before during and after cancer. It is the only cancer charity in Suffolk where all funds raised are used to benefit people across the county.
The charity was set up following a conversation between an Ipswich Town footballer Jason Cundy, who was being treated for testicular cancer, and his Oncologist John Le Vay, about the lack of good quality accurate up-to-date information about cancer in Suffolk at the time. The founder members of the charity were aware of the generosity of patients and the public in Suffolk, but were also disappointed that a lot of the money raised locally was never used to benefit the people of Suffolk.
Led by a small group of Trustees the charity began to raise funds to support cancer services across Suffolk. It was agreed that the first major project would be a Cancer Information Centre that would become the hub of excellent cancer information and support services for the people of Suffolk.
That ambition was realised in 2004 when CCiS invested £500,000 of your money and opened the CCiS Cancer Information Centre (later renamed The John Le Vay Cancer Information Centre) at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust. We continue to fund the centre and the complementary therapist to ensure continuing support and help for people in Suffolk before during and after cancer.
Since then CCiS has also provided funding for the ablation needle project at Ipswich hospital now self funding and bringing in funds back into the hospital. We have also helped a respite holiday home for cancer patients in West Suffolk, and Nurse Amenity Funds. Other projects include Digital Imaging Equipment for Cancer Diagnosis for use with breast cancer diagnosis for the East Suffolk Breast Screening service and the refurbishment of a room for the specific use of specialists and patients following the diagnosis of cancer.
Cancer Campaign in Suffolk is supported entirely by voluntary donations, we are not affiliated to any national charity or organisations, but exist to support the local community. Every penny donated to the campaign is spent here in Suffolk.
Under the chairmanship of Jonathan Ripman, our other trustees are Peter Archer, treasurer, Barbara Hercliffe, Stuart Jarrold, John Button, Dr. Liz Sherwin, Dr Tim Cutler and Mark Sargeantson.
To continue in our quest to provide high quality cancer information and support services to the people of Suffolk we rely on the ongoing generous support from the people and local businesses in the county.