FORCE Cancer Charity


FORCE Cancer Charity works across Devon to support anyone affected by cancer.

The charity believes that anyone diagnosed with the disease deserves the best possible treatment and professional support, close to home and face to face.

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

It has a Support and Information Centre in Exeter and offers support and information once a week in Okehampton, Tiverton and Honiton. FORCE also funds the delivery of chemotherapy in all three towns and pays for exercise programmes across the county.

The Exeter Centre is open every weekday for people needing physical, emotional, psychological and practical support at a difficult time in their lives. It 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.

Among the services FORCE offers are counselling, one-to-one and group support, complementary therapies, benefits advice, relaxation and mindfulness sessions, exercise guidance and expertise on coping with hair loss.

The Centre receives around 25,000 visits every year from cancer patients and their loved ones.

All of the services at its Exeter Centre and in the wider community are funded by FORCE so there is no charge to you.


FORCE became a registered charity in 1987 and since then it has contributed more than £10 million to improve the quality of treatment and care available for cancer patients and their loved ones.

FORCE has funded more than £1 million worth of state-of-the-art equipment and anyone treated for cancer at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital is likely to have benefitted from hardware purchased by the charity.

FORCE also provides funding for clinical research at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital and has been responsible for training researchers of the future through a programme at the University of Exeter Medical School.

Its trustees are always open to requests for funding and continue to welcome applications for resources that will promote the well-being of local cancer patients and the wider community.

All the services provided by FORCE’s team of highly experienced and professional staff are available free of charge and the charity has never lost sight of how important it is to provide the personal touch.



The work FORCE does relies entirely on voluntary contributions, with a third of its income coming from events like The Smuggler. Without people like you FORCE wouldn’t exist.

It costs £1.7 million every year to maintain the services FORCE provides across Devon. None of that money comes from the NHS, Government or any other national source – it’s generated from three major sources.

Voluntary income – legacies, contributions in memoriam, donations, grants and Gift Aid – historically accounts for around one third of the charity’s revenue. The rest comes from an award-winning charity shop and a series of highly successful fundraising events.

None of what FORCE does would be possible without the huge amount of support it receives from the community, including from an army of volunteers.

FORCE’s desire to support our community is matched by the many fantastic and selfless ways people find to support them, including cycling through some of the most glorious countryside Britain has to offer.

FORCE is able to support so many people because so many of you support them.

Please dig deep and help this truly worthwhile work continue. It is helping lives all across 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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