North Cyprus Cancer Charity Trust
Registered Charity Number: F2-671850
The North Cyprus Cancer Charity Trust (NCCCT) was formed in 1988 at a time when there were very few charities on the island. Its founder members were the late Revd Canon Arthur Rider, who served at St Andrew’s Church in Girne, Sonia Halliday and Laura Lushington.
Over the years, the NCCCT has continued to flourish and has provided much‑needed medical equipment specifically to help cancer patients in Girne State Hospital and Lefkoşa State Hospital. However, other patients can also benefit from some of the equipment purchased by the NCCCT. An example of this is the cardiac equipment; cancer patients are given priority but it remains available for everyone’s use.
In 2013 the NCCCT were particularly pleased to present Girne State Hospital with a digital dermatoscopy system, namely a MoleMax, which is an essential tool for attempting early diagnosis of melanoma. Other purchases include eye and surgical equipment, endoscopes, laparoscopic instruments, physiotherapy ultrasound devices and a blood centrifuge machine. In 2016 the NCCCT presented equipment worth just over 88,000 lira to the hospital.
Regular fundraising events are held by the NCCCT. These include a monthly coffee morning, usually held at a well‑known hotel or restaurant. Premises are used free of charge and often the venue will provide tea/coffee and cakes, for which the NCCCT is always grateful. A bingo session is held at The Lodge in Ҫatalköy. It takes place every Tuesday in the summer and every Sunday in the winter.
The NCCCT’s second‑hand shops in Girne sell clothes, books, bric‑a‑brac and household items. Heartbeat, situated in the old Girne hospital, is open on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10am until 2pm and also on Friday from 9.30am to 12.30pm. The Hut, located behind Girne Post Office, is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9.30am until 12.30pm. Heartbeat and The Hut are both staffed by volunteers and the NCCCT rely on the generosity of the general public for providing donations.
All members of the NCCCT committee are volunteers and no expenses are taken, meaning that every lira raised can be used to buy vital equipment. The hospital will request a specific piece of equipment and the purchase is subsequently dealt with directly through the supplier and the NCCCT’s bank.
The NCCCT acknowledges that without the kindness and generosity of the general public, and the dedication of its team of volunteers, it would be unable to contribute to the health and welfare of the people of this country.
To learn more about the work of the NCCCT, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.