FORCE Cancer Charity


FORCE Cancer Charity supports North Devon residents every day. 

Cancer brings about drastic change in people’s lives and hearing that you or someone close to you has cancer is a hugely traumatic experience. A diagnosis is accompanied by a range of different emotions which can prove challenging to face alone.

Open every weekday, FORCE’s Support and Information Centre offers a relaxed and comfortable setting where you can seek information, advice and discuss your needs.  You do not need a referral, which means you can call in when it’s convenient to you.

In it’s first year the Centre received over 9,000 visits – nearly double the original projection.  Today this has risen to 15,500 and the Centre was extended during 2012 to help manage future development. 

All services within the Centre are funded by FORCE, so there is no charge to you.



FORCE (Friends of the Oncology and Radiotherapy Centre, Exeter) was first registered as a charity in 1987 when two appeals (the Selectron Appeal and Home Oncology Programme Exeter) merged.

In 1991 FORCE appointed a clinical research assistant, and it was this post which became the foundation for the highly successful clinical research programme at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital today.

FORCE grew steadily through the 1990s and in 1997 the Charity appointed its first Oncology Support Specialist.

At the turn of the millennium FORCE raised over £500,000 for the first time and the following year an appeal was launched to build a purpose built cancer support and information centre for anyone affected by cancer.

After a 3 year appeal the Centre opened in September 2004 thanks to over £900,000 raised by local people and the tireless work of our fund-raising team.

Despite many years of growth and change FORCE has never lost sight of it’s origins and the fact that anyone diagnosed with cancer deserves the best possible support and treatment close to home.



The work FORCE does relies entirely on voluntary contributions, with 1/3 of it’s income coming from events like The Smuggler. Without people like you FORCE wouldn’t exist.

FORCE now has a designated fund to continue purchasing state of the art equipment to improve cancer treatment.  A grant of £70,000 from FORCE has recently purchased Delta 4 to facilitate IMRT (intensity modulated radiotherapy) at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

The reality is that everyone knows someone affected by cancer and if they live in this area, their treatment will almost certainly have been advanced by the work of FORCE.

Please dig deep and help this truly worthwhile work continue. It is helping lives all across N Devon, as this testimonial clearly shows:

“Little did I know when I first fundraised for FORCE aged 16 that twenty years later I would be on the receiving end of the amazing support services when I was diagnosed with cancer.  I can honestly say that the FORCE centre and the wonderful people who work there have been a ‘shining light’ throughout my treatment and I really don’t know how I would have ‘come out the other side’ well and happy without FORCE’s support.  Thank you for taking care of me, giving me emotional support, making me endless cups of tea, connecting me to new ‘friends’ and providing me with a free bag of incredible beauty products.  We, in Devon, are just so lucky to have FORCE.” – Rachel Johnston.




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