Walk the Walk grants £167,000 to North East of England cancer support charity FACT

This grant is more crucial than ever in helping FACT survive as an organisation

We’re delighted to announce that Walk the Walk has made another grant to the wonderful cancer support charity FACT (Fighting All Cancers Together) in the North East of England.

Thanks to our fantastic supporters, Walk the Walk has awarded £167,000, which means FACT can continue providing emotional and physical support, as well as much needed counselling for local people living with cancer. 

Joanne Smith, Founder and Chief Executive of FACT said:

"The funding we’ve received over the years from Walk the Walk has enabled FACT to meet the real needs of real people - we offer food parcels, support groups, counselling, complementary therapies, wigs, mastectomy wear, bereavement support, nutritional advice, fitness sessions and much, much more! Following on from the pandemic, and amidst the current tough economic climate, this latest grant of £167,000 is even more crucial than ever in helping FACT to survive as an organisation and to continue to provide our much needed services. We are a small charity with a huge workload and we really couldn’t do what we do without the continued funding support from Walk the Walk."

Joanne founded FACT after her own breast cancer diagnosis in 2005. Although she was well looked after medically, she felt there wasn’t much emotional and practical support for her family, including two very young children.

Joanne set up FACT to fill a huge gap in cancer support across the North East and the charity now delivers 20,000 support sessions every year. Walk the Walk first made a grant to FACT in 2010, and including the latest funding, has now awarded a total of £830,000.

Nina Barough CBE, Founder and Chief Executive of breast cancer charity Walk the Walk said:

“The work which Joanne and FACT do across the North East to support people living with cancer is nothing short of remarkable. I never cease to be inspired by Joanne’s incredible enthusiasm and her commitment to help those who are in so much need. Walk the Walk is delighted to make another grant to this wonderful charity, especially at this time, with the increased impact of so many people being diagnosed late with secondary cancers, because of the pandemic. The crucial support of charities like FACT is needed now, more than ever”.

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