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“We are thrilled to award the Flyde Coast Head and Neck Cancer Support Group, aka ‘the Swallows’ a £1,500 grant to celebrate the incredible work they do.”

Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation, Dr Vinod Joshi

Today, the country’s leading Mouth Cancer Charity, the Mouth Cancer Foundation will award the Flyde Coast Head and Neck Cancer Support Group, “The Swallows”, with a grant of £1,500. The Blackpool based support group won the gold prize in the Mouth Cancer Foundation Support Group Awards.

“The Swallows” was formed by cancer patients to help and support fellow sufferers and their carers. It provides valuable information and one to one or group support to anyone who is directly or indirectly affected by head and neck cancer. Regular meetings are held covering a variety of issues enabling patients to ask questions and express their concerns in an informal environment with other patients and people working closely with head and neck cancer.

The Mouth Cancer Foundation Support Awards are designed to reward the incredible work that support groups up and down the country carry out on a daily basis. The awards recognise the support group leaders and healthcare professionals, who give up their spare time to support and work closely with people affected by head and neck cancers. 

Support groups have become a place of solitude for mouth cancer sufferers. It is a place where they can share their experiences, and ask questions in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It is also a place where carers, relatives and friends can go for help and advice. The Mouth Cancer Foundation recognises the impact that they have and how they can help improve a patient’s quality of life. In order to show their appreciation, the Mouth Cancer Foundation is rewarding organizations with innovative and unique support services by giving awards of up to £3,000*.

Chris Curtis, the Chairman of “The Swallows” says “When we received the Award we were surprised and very happy as it’s the first time someone has recognized our achievements and acknowledged the support the group gives to like-minded patients, carers and the family circle. Our intention is to create an awareness campaign around head and neck cancer. We will also be engaging with a local film company to create the start of ‘Head & Neck TV’ in which the first programme will be the journey a patient takes from the initial GP consultation and through various treatment pathways. Without this Gold Award the project would not have started for another 8 months so we want to say a massive thank you to the Mouth Cancer Foundation.”

The founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation Dr Joshi says “The level of response we received on the launch of our Support Group Awards was overwhelming. To be able to recognize and reward these organizations and the work that they do, caring and supporting people with head and neck cancer is incredibly important. The judges were looking for evidence that the support group offered the opportunity to communicate experiences, improves patient services and tackles the consequences of head and neck cancer treatments. We felt that ‘The Swallows’ embodied all of these qualities and therefore decided to award them the gold award.”

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Mouth Cancer Foundation Support Group Awards

*Prize values will be awarded as follows:

Gold Support Award - £1500

Silver Support Award - £1000

Bronze Support Award - £500

Various smaller grants available.

Terms and conditions apply.  The judge’s decision is final.

The Mouth Cancer Foundation –

The Mouth Cancer Foundation is a registered charity no. 1109298.

In the UK, nearly 8000 people are diagnosed with Mouth Cancer every year.  Cancers can occur in any part of the mouth, tongue, lips, and adjacent areas like the throat, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, sinus, and other sites in the head and neck area. In its very early stages, these Mouth Cancers can be easy to ignore.

Symptoms include:

1. An ulcer or white or red patch anywhere in the mouth that does not heal within 3 weeks

2. A lump or swelling anywhere in the mouth, jaw or neck that persists for more than 3 weeks

3. A difficulty in swallowing, chewing or moving the jaw or tongue

5. A numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth

6. A feeling that something is caught in the throat

7. A chronic sore throat or hoarseness that persists more than 6 weeks

8. An unexplained loosening of teeth with no dental cause

More information about Mouth Cancer is available at the Mouth Cancer Foundation web site or by emailing


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