Age UK is the country's largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. The over-60s is the fastest-growing group in society and there are more of us than ever before. Ageing is not an illness, but it can be challenging. At Age UK we provide services and support at a national and local level to inspire, enable and support older people. We stand up and speak for all those who have reached later life, and also protect the long-term interests of future generations. Our vision is a world where everyone can love later life. Our vision is ambitious. It won’t be easy to get there, and it won’t be a quick journey, but we believe it’s how things should be for older people and we work every day to achieve this. The Age UK network comprises around 170 local Age UKs reaching most of England.
Cancer Research UK began operating on 4 February 2002 as the result of the merger of Cancer Research Campaign and The Imperial Cancer Research Fund. The new vision 'Together We Will Beat Cancer' was launched in 2006. Its purpose and statements spell out how they are working to achieve this: they carry out world-class research to improve our understanding of cancer and find out how to prevent, diagnose and treat different kinds of cancer; they ensure that our findings are used to improve the lives of all cancer patients; they help people to understand cancer, the progress we are making and the choices each person can make; they work in partnership with others to achieve the greatest impact in the global fight against cancer
The Mulberry Centre is a walk-in cancer information and support centre based on the grounds of West Middlesex Hospital in Isleworth. We are an independent charity and raise around £400,000 a year. These funds enable us to provide all our support and services free of charge. Our aim is to deliver a range of information and support services to all people affected by a diagnosis of cancer: to the cancer patient, friends and family, carers, and those bereaved by cancer. Our services include counselling sessions, support groups, complementary and relaxation therapies, ongoing one to one support on a drop-in basis, a well-stocked library, information on relevant welfare and benefits, plus a wide range of workshops. Support is also provided via email and telephone.