Ski 4 Cancer is a specialist respite charity that was set up by a group of keen skiers and snowboarders who had all lost a close relative or friend to cancer. Ski 4 Cancer is part of the 4 Cancer Group.
The charity's founders discovered what they collectively call "the power of the holiday". Day trips away or longer holidays gave each family something to look forward to after the family member with cancer had an operation or a course of treatment. They also provided precious memories if the person later went on to die.
"We believe in the power of the holiday."
Such periods of respite, proved to be of huge value for all concerned. The '4 Cancer' concept hatched from these basic principles. In 2001, the charity's founders decided to set up a charity in the hope that other families would benefit in the same way.
Our main objective today is to organise days out and short breaks for families affected by cancer. This is what we call "respite".
Since 2001, we have been slowly evolving the range of day trips and short breaks that we offer. Many of our trips now have an alpine focus due to the emerging research that altitude helps to lower the incidence of cancer.
As of 1 January 2019, we have sent over 5,000 people on a respite break and provided over 24,000 respite days! Our respite trips create memories for families affected by cancer and give them something to look forward to during the most difficult of times.
We believe that ‘time’ is our most precious commodity. Time spent with the people we love, away from the stresses of everyday life at home, can make all the difference. We bring families together in wonderful locations and enable them to create memories which last a lifetime.
Spending time at altitude has many health benefits and is proven to lower the incidence of certain forms of cancer. We passionately believe in the therapeutic powers of the alpine environment.
The 4 Cancer Group
As its name suggests, the 'group' is made up of a number of subsidiaries, mostly focused on a sport or activity. Not only do these sporting subsidiaries encourage people to keep fit and healthy, they provide the funds which make it possible to help up to 1,000 people in the UK every year. So if you are planning to sail, ski, run, trek or cycle in the coming year, why not do it 4 Cancer!