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Praying for the day when all cancers can be prevented or cured

Prayer is All Powerful

Our aim is to bring together in prayer:

  • those who have or have had cancer and,

  • their loved ones and,

  • those who care for them

  • doctors and nurses

  • those with special skills involved in the investigation and treatment of cancer,

  • those in authority who have responsibility for providing resources 

  • our scientists trying to find the cure.

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Our Services

Pause for Hope services are: 

  • Open. Everyone is welcome and our services are free. There is no need for a ticket and attendees can be of any faith, or none at all.

  • Ecumenical. Representatives of all denominations lead the congregation in hymns and prayers. 

  • Informative. A short address is given by an invited speaker and a poem is read.

  • Musical. A selection of music is played and choirs take part. Hymns are sung.

  • Reflective. Individual candles are lit by members of the congregation for someone with cancer or in memory of someone lost to cancer.

  • Hopeful. We pray for the day to quickly come when all cancers can be prevented or cured.

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Our Objectives

Pray that the day will quickly come when all cancers can be prevented or cured

Bring together in prayer those affected by all forms of cancer, their loved ones and carers

Remember dear ones lost to cancer

Pray for those with responsibility for providing and allocating resources required in the investigation, treatment and care of patients with cancer

Help those affected to understand the Christian value of suffering and that the prayers of the sick and those who look after them have great power with God

Help those who don't have cancer but have a great fear of the disease

Reach out to those who are at home or in hospital as patients or carers and unable to attend the Pause for Hope services

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Who We Are & What We Do

The initiative came from retired thoracic surgeon Professor Ray Donnelly, MBE FRCS, Founder and President of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. He was supported by Bro Ken Vance SJ and other cancer charities including Marie Curie Cancer Care, The Lily Centre, Alder Hey,  The Linda McCartney Centre, Macmillan Cancer Support, Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology NHS Trust, The North West Cancer Research Fund, Sunflowers and Woodlands Hospice.

The ecumenical service was first held in 1999 and since then services have been held annually in Liverpool, in either the Anglican or Roman Catholic Cathedral. Representatives of the Salvation Army and other free churches on Merseyside have taken part in all the services.

The service has proved to be very popular and and is attended by many of the civic dignitaries. In 2009 Pause for Hope began a partnership with BBC Radio Merseyside, resulting in even greater community involvement, further increased in 2010 by a new partnership with the Liverpool Echo.

Annual services are now held in various locations including Lampeter, Chester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Clitheroe and Belfast.

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Contact Us

Please get in touch with Pause For Hope to discover more about our work, how you can be involved or how to donate. We thank you for your support.

c/o Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, Cotton Exchange, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3 9LQ

0333 323 7200

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