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Working locally to support anyone affected by cancer

Take a virtual tour of our Support and Information Centre

At FORCE Cancer Charity we believe that anyone diagnosed with cancer deserves the best possible treatment and professional support, face to face and close to home.

We have a Cancer Support and Information Centre in Exeter for patients and their loved ones who need physical, emotional, psychological and practical support.

We also offer support and information and fund the delivery of chemotherapy once a week in Okehampton, Tiverton and Honiton.

All our services are free.

Our Exeter Centre is on the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital Wonford site. It is temporarily closed, along with our community outreach centres, but will reopen later this year every weekday, except Bank Holidays, 9:30-4:30.

We also fund local research and buy equipment to improve patient care.

Coronavirus updates

Great advice about eating well

22nd May 2020

Trying to find reliable online resources to help can sometimes be confusing when there is so much information on the internet. The World Cancer Research Fund provides some really helpful advice on keeping active and looking after your well-being if you are self-isolating and staying at home. FORCE Information Manager Annie Kerr said: “There’s lots of [...]


Nello goes virtual for 2020

20th May 2020

FORCE Cancer Charity’s flagship fundraising event is going virtual for 2020. Ongoing restrictions around the Coronavirus pandemic and mass gatherings mean that FORCE’s annual Nello cycle ride cannot go ahead as planned this summer. Instead, cyclists will be offered the chance to take part in three different challenges that they can do independently. There will [...]


Keep calm, stay wise, be kind

15th May 2020

This Coping Calendar from the charity Action for Happiness was recently shared with those working at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. It caught the eye of our lead Information Nurse Annie Kerr. “Some of the suggestions can be really helpful whilst trying to get through the lockdown,” she explained. “Not all of them are possible [...]


Moving Forward group reconnects

15th May 2020

  Keeping connected @FORCE  took a step forward today with a catch-up group session for members of the Moving Forward programme delivered in September last year.  The magic of the internet allowed group members to reconnect and explore what life is like during  social isolation and how life has been in the last few months. [...]


Local business offers support for FORCE

14th May 2020

A big thank you to those lovely people at Dart Fresh for supporting FORCE via their online shopping service. They are kindly donating 50p from every sale of their popular Sliced Gammon Ham packs to FORCE. “FORCE is a fantastic charity and we always do whatever we can to support local businesses and communities,” said Jamie [...]


Understanding and managing grief

14th May 2020

FORCE has produced a book to help people dealing with the loss of a loved one and it may be especially valuable at a time when our charity is unable to offer its usual face to face support. UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING GRIEF  has been put together specifically for those who have experienced bereavement after a [...]


Lucy to have her head shaved in aid of FORCE

13th May 2020

Our thanks to Alan Quick at the Crediton Courier for this great article about another fantastic fundraising initiative for FORCE. A local woman who has been diagnosed with breast cancer will this week have her head shaved in aid of the FORCE Outreach Service at Okehampton. Lucy Wilson, formerly of Coldridge and now from Lapford, [...]


Mouff makes brushing your teeth cool for kids

12th May 2020

A dental nurse from Exeter has written a new children’s book with eye-catching characters to encourage kids to brush their teeth. Shelley Poole created Mouff to make it easy for children to understand just how important it is to keep their teeth clean. Mouff and the monsters who live among his molars deliver a colourful [...]


Exercise so important ahead of cancer surgery

6th May 2020

  In this unprecedented time of COVID-19 with social distancing and isolation, a cancer diagnosis and the prospect of surgery or other treatment can be more worrying than ever. There has never been a more important time to look after your health and wellbeing than after a cancer diagnosis. Keeping yourself active – even in [...]


Kathryn’s 2.6 Challenge is a picture

6th May 2020

FORCE supporter Kathryn Hulland has come up with a picture perfect way of taking part in the 2.6 Challenge to raise funds for our charity. While others have been running, walking, cycling, climbing or taking part in other sponsored physical trials to help fill the funding gap faced by charities during the COVID-19 crisis, that [...]


Please help us to help others

5th May 2020

We know there are people out there dealing with cancer that we could be helping TODAY. But they may not know that FORCE can offer emotional, psychological and practical support during a time when we are all doing our bit to protect the NHS by staying safe at home and saving lives. That’s where you [...]


Team Oncology raises more than £7,000 for FORCE

4th May 2020

  A team of cancer specialists from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has raised more than £7,000 for charity by doing laps of the Wonford site. Eighty-six people took part in the challenge to run or walk two-kilometre circuits around the perimeter of the RD&E campus last week, before and after work and during [...]


Final push for Team Oncology

1st May 2020

                                  Good luck to Team Oncology for the final few hours of their challenge to complete sponsored laps of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital’s Wonford site in aid of FORCE. They started on Monday at 7am and plan [...]


Online support for breast cancer survivors

1st May 2020

FORCE Information Manager Annie Kerr has passed on details of a new group for breast cancer survivors. This online gathering is run by two women with considerable expertise in caring for cancer patients. Beverley Longhurst is a breast care Clinical Nurse Specialist and clinical hypnotherapist with a good deal of experience in the breast cancer [...]


Don’t let COVID-19 put you off seeing a doctor

30th April 2020

  Doctors in Devon are worried that people with cancer symptoms are not coming forward because of the coronavirus pandemic, reports the Western Morning News. New findings suggest four in 10 people are too concerned about being a burden on the NHS to seek help from their GP. NHS chief executive Simon Stevens has warned [...]


FORCE plans virtual cancer support group

30th April 2020

At FORCE we know how important it is to stay connected with others, so we are looking to launch a virtual cancer support group.  It will offer the chance to share experiences, feel less isolated and gain tips and advice on how to cope with cancer. The group will run via the free Zoom online [...]


Team Oncology to join the Clap for Carers

30th April 2020

The team of cancer specialists doing laps of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital site for charity will extend today’s challenge to join in a Clap for Carers at their Wonford base. During their breaks, doctors, nurses, radiographers and other healthcare professionals from the hospital’s oncology department are walking or running around the perimeter of [...]


Five grand reasons to cheer on Team Oncology

29th April 2020

    The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital Oncology Team reached the half way point at lunchtime today in their challenge to raise money for FORCE. Doctors, nurses, radiographers and other healthcare professionals from the hospital’s oncology department are doing laps of the Wonford site during their breaks. A team of 65 runners and walkers [...]


Ideas that can brighten your day

28th April 2020

                    The weather is a little gloomier this week – although the rain is welcome for gardeners – but one of our supporters has some suggestions for brightening your day. They watched the film made by our Oncology Support Specialist Emma Ellis and got in touch [...]


The difference FORCE can make

27th April 2020

  Living with cancer can have a massive impact on every aspect of your life, including your finances. We are proud to be able to offer support and advice to help with the extra costs that a cancer diagnosis can bring. Here at FORCE we recognise that a diagnosis can bring many challenges alongside the [...]


Silver anniversary for our sensational shop

24th April 2020

                    For a quarter of a century the FORCE shop has been delivering sterling service to bargain hunters in Heavitree. Today marks 25 years since it opened in Fore Street, Heavitree and in that time it has achieved a turnover of £5.2 million with an amazing [...]


Olivia and Peter send pennies from heaven

23rd April 2020

                FORCE supporters are coming up with inventive ways of supporting us during a time when so much of our fundraising is on hold. When Olivia was given a home-based charity challenge by her school, she sprang into action by gathering up all the pennies she could find. [...]


Lou’s Lockdown Lovelies find a way to stay connected

23rd April 2020

    During this unprecedented time of social distancing and isolating, FORCE Cancer Charity’s Heavitree exercise group has found a way to stay connected. The group, run by FORCE Oncology Physiotherapist Louise Ballagher, has managed to keep together by forming a WhatsApp group. Louise has also delivered exercise circuit sessions via Zoom, the web-based video conferencing [...]


Exeter cancer team takes on Captain Tom style challenge

22nd April 2020

  National hero Captain Tom Moore has inspired cancer specialists from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital to take on their own fundraising challenge. Staff from the Oncology Department at the RD&E are planning to complete laps of the hospital in aid of FORCE Cancer Charity. The plan is for doctors, nurses, radiographers and other [...]


Special delivery for Honiton chemo team

21st April 2020

            Chemotherapy patients and nurses at Honiton Hospital have received a special delivery. The local branch of a national snack chain donated a hamper full of goodies including nutritious bars, biscuits, popcorn, crisps and chocolate. The generous gift came from Bobby’s Foods of Bromsgrove, which has a depot in Exeter. [...]


If you need us, get in touch

20th April 2020

                As we enter another new week of social distancing measures to help us stay safe, protect the NHS and save lives, we want to remind everyone that FORCE is still here to help. We may not be able to see people affected by cancer face to face [...]


Learning to live through lockdown

17th April 2020

                  The Government’s decision to extend the period of lockdown for a further three weeks was not unexpected but may still present challenges to all of us. Annie Kerr from the FORCE Support Team has put together some ideas for dealing with this extended period of time [...]


Our first virtual cheque presentation

17th April 2020

As we get to grips with trying to think of news ways to fundraise and maintain our support services while doing everything we can to stay safe and protect the NHS, we received a lovely boost this week. Our friends at The Family Law Company handed over the £1,600 they  raised for FORCE in memory [...]


One day at a time

15th April 2020

                          ‘How do you do it?’ said night ‘How do you wake and shine?’ ‘I keep it simple’ said light ‘One day at a time’ by Lemn Sissay Annie Kerr, FORCE Cancer Charity’s Information Manager and an experienced nurse, is at the forefront [...]


Help us protect the future of FORCE

9th April 2020

To ensure that FORCE survives beyond the Coronavirus pandemic, our chief executive Meriel Fishwick has called on the communities that the charity serves for their support. This is her message to everyone who cares about FORCE: “We are thankful for the Government’s announcement of support for charities, particularly those like FORCE who are still providing [...]


Great ideas for keeping busy

6th April 2020

We asked you to stay connected with FORCE and share your ideas on how to get through these unprecedented times. Straight away someone we support at FORCE got in touch with a fantastic list of resources to access online. There are some lovely ideas for ways to look after your mind and body and we are [...]


Stay connected with the FORCE family

6th April 2020

FORCE has launched a new online community to stay connected with our supporters and the people using our services at this difficult time. Our main support centre in Exeter and our weekly outreach programmes in Okehampton, Tiverton and Honiton are temporarily closed. So, we think it‘s important now more than ever before to keep in [...]


Keeping active is especially important now

6th April 2020

FORCE’s specialist Oncology Physiotherapist Louise Ballagher has some important advice for keeping active during the period when we have to stay safe at home. She explained: “During this COVID-19 crisis and the quarantine mandates we have to follow, there are big changes to our daily routine. “But exercise is especially important now because it boosts [...]


Relaxation is a powerful tool

3rd April 2020

Learning how to relax can be a valuable aid to coping with a cancer diagnosis.  Relaxation can: Relieve tiredness and stress Help manage anxiety Enhance your ability to cope Contribute to a sense of wellbeing and peace Sadly FORCE cannot offer our usual courses in Relaxation and Anxiety Management but we still have resources available [...]


New children’s book to explain Coronavirus

2nd April 2020

A medical student at the University of Exeter has created cute characters and a rhyming story to explain COVID-19 to children. FORCE Cancer Charity Information Manager Annie Kerr spotted the new book by Annis Watts online and reckons it could be useful for families with young children. Annis, from Nottinghamshire, was inspired by the lack [...]


Live cooking with Ryan Riley

1st April 2020

Maintaining a well balanced diet is important at any time but it can be particularly difficult in the current environment and is often challenging for people going through cancer treatment. Talented chef Ryan Riley is an expert at creating dishes designed to stimulate taste and appetite for people whose enjoyment of food has been diminished by [...]


Just a phone call away

27th March 2020

Members of FORCE’s support team may not be able to work from our centres in Exeter, Okehampton, Tiverton and Honiton at the moment but they are an incredibly adaptable group. Via the wonders of technology and good old fashioned telephones, they are keeping in touch with those that need our support, perhaps now more than [...]


We’re still here

23rd March 2020

A reminder that although our Support Centre is temporarily closed, we’re still here to help. Our staff are working 9:30am to 4:30pm every weekday, answering calls and offering support. Whether you need information after a cancer diagnosis, advice on claiming benefits, suggestions about the sort of exercise you can do or simply some reassurance in [...]


A message from our oncology support specialists

20th March 2020

Hello and welcome to our website, which will be instrumental in communicating how we aim to support and keep in contact with you for the foreseeable future. FORCE is very aware of the heightened feelings of uncertainty and changes that are happening around us all.  Our priority is to keep supporting you the best way [...]


Call us for support

19th March 2020

Our support centres may be closed but there are still plenty of FORCE services you can access. Our staff are still working to help local people affected by cancer and we encourage you to call us for advice and support. Experts are on the end of a telephone to offer advice on claiming benefits, accessing [...]



19th March 2020

  FORCE Cancer Charity has announced the temporary closure of our Support and Information Centre in Exeter. The charity will continue to offer telephone and video call support to local people affected by cancer. The decision to close our Support Centre in the grounds of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital was taken after consultation [...]


Boosting your immune system

19th March 2020

While our face-to-face support is temporarily suspended, FORCE Oncology Physiotherapist Louise Ballagher has advice on ways to keep your immune system strong during this Coronavirus/Covid19 outbreak. Exercise regularly Exercise, preferably something aerobic that gets the heart working harder, can improve the immune system. We can achieve this by walking outdoors, while always being mindful of [...]


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Offering support to anyone locally affected by cancer since 1987

FORCE Cancer Charity

Corner House, Barrack Road, Exeter EX2 5DW

FORCE nursing team, including benefits advice

01392 406151

Psychological and emotional support

01392 402086

Specialist oncology physiotherapy

01392 403094

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Temporary closure of the FORCE Cancer Support and Information Centre

It is with great regret that FORCE Cancer Charity has temporarily closed its Support and Information Centre in Exeter. We are still offering counselling, support and information on the phone and via video calling but there will be no face to face appointments or groups until further notice.
The decision was taken following the announcement of the first cases of Coronavirus/COVID-19 being treated at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and after consultation with clinical staff at the RD&E Trust. We recognise that this may cause significant upset to our users, but we feel it is the only responsible action at this time.
The FORCE Support and Information Centre is a non-clinical environment and not a priority service in times of acute pressure.  The risk of transmission of Coronavirus is too high for the group of people we support.
We have redesigned our services to offer support to those who need us. Counselling, information and advice on claiming benefits and how to exercise safely are all available on the phone or via video calls.
All support services in Okehampton, Tiverton and Honiton have also ceased but chemotherapy treatment continues in Okehampton and Honiton at the moment.
We are reviewing arrangements on a regular basis.
FORCE Cancer Charity would like to thank everyone for their understanding at this difficult time.


FORCE Cancer Nursing Team: 01392 406151;

Psychological and emotional support: 01392 406168/406169;

Oncology physiotherapist Louise Ballagher: 01392 403094;

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