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Cancer charity’s income falls in 2017/18 after ‘challenging year’

Cancer charity’s income falls in 2017/18 after ‘challenging year’

One of Northern Ireland’s leading cancer charities has seen a significant fall in income last year in what it described as a ‘challenging year.’

Action Cancer’s income in the financial year 2017/18 was £3.7 million, down from £4.3 million the year before. The main income source, donations and legacies, fell from £2.7 million to £2.2 million.

‘Fundraising income remained challenging while legacy income fell well short of the average amount achieved in prior years,’ the accounts state.

Action Cancer has a number of prominent corporate relationships and last year Marks & Spencer’s staff and customers came together across the country to raise over £100,000 to support the charity’s therapeutic services.

The charity’s Bra Walk last year was sponsored by Supervalu and raised £85,000 for Action Cancer’s breast screening service. SuperValu stores have now raised over £1.5 million for the Big Bus, the mobile unit which travels to locations throughout Northern Ireland.

In 2017/18 overseas challenge participants travelled to Cuba and Peru’s Inca trail and raised over £138,000. Marathons participants taking part in runs in New York, London, Manchester and Boston raised £74,000.

Action Cancer has 16 charity shops which raised £1.3 million last year, just below the figure the year before. Retail costs were £960,000.

The charity’s 21 volunteer fundraising groups raised over £205,000 through various fundraising activity such as street collections, bag packs and coffee mornings.

The donations figure includes £350,000 in in-kind donations from outdoor advertiser Clear Channel.

Total fundraising costs last year were £1.5 million.



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