Our History

In July, 1979, Sue Young received a call from her father to advice that her mother was seriously ill. Sue was 27 years old, with two young children under the age of three. Ten weeks later, Sue's mother passed away from advanced ovarian cancer. Two years later in November, 1981, Coping with Cancer was founded. Sue had been approached by a Voluntary Services Director from Leicester City Council to respond to a need for support by a small self-help group which had set up in Nottingham and had called itself 'Coping with Cancer...' Today, Coping with Cancer helps hundreds of people a year in the Leicestershire and Rutland area who are affected by cancer within their family. 


The first meeting involved setting up a small committee with a nominal grant of £50, in rented back room offices at the Leicester Charities Organisation, Friar Lane, Leicester. The purpose of this committee was to provide 'emotional and physical support and friendship to those people suffering from cancer and their families' - which remains the mission statement of Coping with Cancer to this day now termed as 'practical and emotional support' to clients, their families and their carers. 

Shortly thereafter, Sue went to promote the self help group she has established in Leicester on Radio Leicester. She was overwhelmed by the amazing interest of people wishing to volunteer their services and also the number of people who wish to access such services. 

Coping with Cancer then rented a small room in the Mission For Deaf building, Welford Road, Leicester and a befriending support service was now being offered, which involved formal support meetings, informal social gatherings and eventually led to befriending and meeting in peoples homes. 

Separately, in 1993, Helen Webb died of ovarian cancer aged just 29 years. Her husband pledged to raise money for her, together with her family. The Helen Webb Trust was set up in 1994 and raised of £150,000 after 6 years of fundraising. Helen Webb House at 35 Westleigh Road, Leicester was purchased in 1999 by the Trust. Initially, they rented the premises to Coping With Cancer but in 2007, the Helen Webb Trust gifted the freehold property to Coping with Cancer

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