Who we are Mission and vision Our Story FACT (Fighting All Cancers Together) is a North East cancer charity who help and support anyone who has been affected by cancer in any way. FACT's life began in 2008, only three years after its founder, Joanne Smith, was diagnosed with cancer. Initially its aim was to build partnerships with health professionals, support groups and other charities to help strengthen the current support network. This remains a key area of FACT's work, however, when Joanne could not find the support services that people were looking for, she started to fill the gaps herself, either as a one off for an individual, or by developing a programme of regularly accessible support. And so, FACT's direct support to those diagnosed with cancer, their family, carers and friends began. Joanne became very aware that she had been looked after extremely well by local medical teams and services, however, once she stepped outside the hospital environment, there was no practical or emotional support for either herself, or more importantly, for her family; especially her young children. She wanted to make sure that everyone affected by cancer, either as the person diagnosed, or their family, carers, friends or colleagues, could find help easily, in good time and free of charge. FACT is unique and is currently the only local cancer organisation offering support in a non-clinical setting away from hospital grounds. In 2017 and 2018 FACT was awarded 'Highly Commended' in the North East Charity of the Year Awards. FACT has grown significantly since its humble beginnings because of the vast demand of its service users. This has meant that FACT has outgrown premises on two occasions. At present it occupies Denise Robertson House in Swalwell, where there is lots of space to deliver sessions and events, as well as 5 satellite hubs located in the region. Over the past 10 years we have been providing free help and support to adults and children who have been affected by cancer, whether that be the person themselves, a family member, a friend, a colleague, in fact anyone who is in their network of support. Since inception we have undertaken significant research and engaged with beneficiaries, local communities, stakeholders, statutory providers and health care professionals to ascertain their views and are encouraged by the response which we have received. FACT has grown from strength to strength and continues to deliver more and more support sessions and services year on year.