Rowan Tree Cancer Care

Rowan Tree Cancer Care’s recently-opened premises in Pontypridd Town centre, Bridal Boutique, currently stocks more than 170 donated wedding and prom dresses and occasional wear. It also generates funds through selling donated electrical goods and bric-a-brac.

The SEWCED grant of £77,655 revenue and £25,000 capital funding contributed towards the costs of employing a member of staff, purchasing a new vehicle, marketing, volunteers’ expenses, dry cleaning and the refurbishment of the shop.

Rowan Tree Cancer Care’s charitable aim is to provide emotional and practical support to families living in Rhondda Cynon Taf whose lives are touched by cancer. Profits from its social enterprises, such as Bridal Boutique, help to sustain this much needed service. The charity currently has over 9,000 people registered and 125 volunteers.

Clients and their relatives can access a free transport service to and from their cancer-related hospital appointments, and Rowan Tree also provides free complementary therapy sessions including massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, reiki and hydrotherapy to help clients relax and de-stress.

The enterprise’s other charity shop and the main centre are in Mountain Ash, and free weekly complementary therapy is also provided weekly at Tonyrefail, Taffs Well and Ynyswbwl.

Chief Executive Rhian Dash said: “We raise funds for the main services provided by Rowan Tree Cancer Care such as free transport to hospital appointments, counselling, therapies, wig fitting, home visits and various workshops.”