A woman with ovarian cancer smiling wearing a black head scarf and a black top

Major lottery funding awarded to boost Covid-19 response

We’ve been awarded a major grant from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, so we can be there for women when they need us most.

The Covid-19 pandemic has presented enormous challenges for our community of people affected by ovarian cancer. This week we were awarded £100,000 from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund to help support them now and be there for them in the future.  

Logo for HM Government in partnership with THE NATIONAL LOTTERY COMMUNITY FUND

Thanks to the UK Government and the National Lottery Community Fund, the grant will keep crucial projects going and help even more women with ovarian cancer get the right support, in the right way, at the right time for them. 

Impact of the pandemic

At the outbreak of coronavirus, we had to revisit every single aspect of our activities. The immediate focus was limiting the harms to women with ovarian cancer who were, and continue to be, profoundly impacted by the crisis.

We were already in the midst of a digital transformation, and in March 2020 we picked up the pace with widespread digital innovation across our services. We now have in place a programme of support for everyone affected by ovarian cancer at a time when they have never needed it more, and this funding will help us seize even more opportunities to help them.

I felt really isolated, and your online sessions make me feel so much more connected to other women

Mandy, Gateshead

Annwen Jones OBE, Chief Executive of Target Ovarian Cancer, said:

Getting this strong show of support from the National Lottery Community Fund means everything to our work. With it, our unrivalled services for women with ovarian cancer will continue and reach more women than ever before, at a time when they need it most.

Our crucial work continues

This funding will help us continue our key support services and programmes for everyone affected by ovarian cancer.

Our support line

Since the start of the pandemic, our specialist nurses have seen a surge of calls from women who are worried about the effect of coronavirus on their treatment and their everyday lives. The grant will help us keep answering calls and develop new solutions to providing support and information. Contact our support line.

Our online support events

Since the pandemic started we’ve run over 50 hours of support events online – from yoga, to coping with uncertainty, to our highly-demanded Ask the Experts sessions. This funding will help us continue to expand our current services so that more people can gather digitally, and lessen the isolation felt by too many of the women with ovarian cancer we support. Join a digital support event.

We’re here

Our work to raise awareness, fund research and save lives continues. This grant will help us make sure the coronavirus pandemic does not set back recent progress in ovarian cancer and that diagnosis, treatment and support can return to pre-pandemic levels as quickly as possible. Take action on coronavirus.