Connect: CANDU

CANDU (Dundee Cancer Support Network) have been short-listed to become the latest recipients of funding from Scotmid’s Community Connect – potentially being awarded up to £15,000 by members to fund a key project.

Launched in 2017, Community Connect enables Scotmid members to award good cause groups in their local area with a share of £25,000, generated via the sale of single use carrier bags.

In Scotmid’s North Member Region – encompassing Dundee, Perth, Aberdeen and Inverness –CANDU (Dundee Cancer Support Network), Burghead Community Hall  and Glenurquhart Care Project are the good cause groups, who have been short-listed by a Scotmid member selection panel to receive funding of either the top award £15,000 or two runners-up awards of £5,000.

Scotmid members collect votes by swiping their Community Connect card after every in-store purchase and then cast their votes for their preferred good cause group either in-store or at Scotmid’s North Region Annual General Meeting in Aberdeen in April 2020.

Based in Dundee, CANDU are a group of friends who have all experienced life with cancer and it is their wish to work together to ensure that other people living with cancer in the local community are able to live the best life possible with a cancer diagnosis.  They are determined to make sure that everyone in the city, who wishes to, can benefit from the Living Well With Cancer services which include social events, complementary therapies, counselling, mindfulness and lived experience activities.

Community Connect funding will help them to reach out to people in Dundee who wouldn’t normally be able to meet the costs of these activities or who might be socially isolated or restricted by cultural barriers.

CANDU (Dundee Cancer Support Network) Founder & Trustee Julie Wardrop said: “We are truly thrilled and grateful to be shortlisted for Scotmid Community Connect funding. CANDU are a group of friends who have all experienced life with cancer.

“This shared experience has led us to a shared wish to help others live the best life possible with a cancer diagnosis. We are seeking funding to help establish an inclusive support and outreach wellbeing programme offering complimentary therapies, counselling and social activities for the most isolated and disadvantaged people in our community who are living with cancer.”

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