Older People Living with Cancer

Peer advocates supporting older people affected by cancer

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OPAAL’s Patron sends her congratulations

Her Grace, the Duchess of Northumberland, Patron of OPAAL has sent her warmest congratulations to OPAAL and all partners involved in the Cancer, Older People and Advocacy project. The news that OPAAL was successful in our £1 Million application to BIG Lottery’s Silver Dreams Flagship funding has delighted the Duchess who has watched our work with interest. 

“I am so very pleased for everyone involved in what is a fabulous service. This £1 Million funding from BIG Lottery gives OPAAL and its partners the opportunity to develop new cancer advocacy services for older people in completely new areas of England. With additional funding from Macmillan Cancer Support enabling services to be developed in Wales for the first time these really are exciting times. It is so encouraging to think that many more older people affected by cancer will get the advocacy support they so desperately need. We all know someone who has had cancer and no matter how much family support you have around you it must make a world of difference to be able to speak to someone who has been through the same thing and who therefore understands.”

OPAAL's  Patron

OPAAL’s Patron




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Support from Beth Johnson Foundation

On behalf of the Beth Johnson Foundation I would like to congratulate OPAAL on the Silver Dreams Flagship Application and wish you all the best for a successful outcome. The Beth Johnson Foundation has been one of the original pilot sites for the peer advocacy for older people affected by cancer project and we have enjoyed working with both OPAAL and Macmillan Cancer Support.

The pilot has been successful in North Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent supporting 35 clients over the last 12 months. We have learnt from the process and this has enabled us to be successful in securing funding to upscale the project to cover the whole of Staffordshire. The model used during the pilot will continue with invaluable support and local knowledge from our Local Cancer Champions Board.


The Foundation looks forward to being a strategic partner with OPAAL through the National Cancer Champions Board (NCCB) in the future.

Once again congratulations on the bid and best wishes for a successful outcome

Betty Machin, Advocacy Manager