Action Cancer a reputable charity which has made the correct decision in locating to new premises
I feel very sad at the recent attacks on Action Cancer (News, July 14/15). I have been volunteering at this wonderful charity for many years and have been very grateful for the services it provides.
I find it difficult to understand just where this (anonymous) volunteer, who criticised the plans to build a new treatment centre, is coming from. As volunteers, we have always been kept informed of the charity's intentions, by email, letter and newsletter, and, therefore, have had time and opportunity to have our say on various matters.
Also, by attending the AGMs, or group forums, in recent years, the lady would have been informed about the need to look for new premises and the reasons behind it.
Indeed, many of us, as volunteers, are frequently in and out of Action Cancer house. It does not take long to realise that the present building is totally inadequate and very cramped for the staff and for those providing and benefiting from the various therapies, counselling etc, which the charity offers to cancer sufferers and their families.
Over the years, there have been periods of refurbishment, but it is obvious you cannot go on spending money on patching something up; the day comes when somewhere new is needed.
Car parking is not always easy at the present Action Cancer house and we always have to remember that many people come there by public transport, which is why premises in a business park or an out-of-town location would not be convenient for them. I feel the new premises will be even more convenient than the present site for those who do not have their own transport.
As for the lady's attack on the salaries, everything in Action Cancer is open and above board and she has only to look online to see that, for example, the chief executive's salary is far below that of many other charities and all potential expenditure is very carefully considered.
In my experience, the charity is always very mindful of how it spends its donations.