A NEWPORT woman, who suffers from mouth cancer, came across a charity that provides free gifts, experiences, and essentials to families affected by cancer poverty.

Maxine Leeper found the charity, Something to Look Forward To, in an online advert.

Through the charity, she received a free return car ferry code.

The charity provides gifts, experiences, and essentials donated by individuals and businesses to families who are struggling financially and emotionally.

Maxine is calling for Islanders and local businesses to get involved in the initiative.

Maxine said: “The Island is usually really good at getting together on things like this.

“I wonder whether more Island businesses, like restaurants, will get involved.

"The Island has so many lovely places that could offer their services to locals, and sufferers from further afield, that would give them, as the charity's name suggests, something to look forward to."

The return ticket Maxine received was through Wightlink, Something To Look Forward To and their partnership with Sail4Cancer.

Francesca Abery, Something To Look Forward To managing director, said: “The free ferry crossings for people affected by cancer have enabled those living on the Island to visit the mainland and those from the mainland to visit the Island.

“This has empowered couples and families to create special memories together, visit loved ones and take a break from the demanding world of cancer. It even enabled one person to move house!”

A beneficiary said: “We thoroughly enjoyed our day out on the Island. My husband and our two dogs visited a farm, had a tour of the Island, and finished with fish and chips on our laps."

Stuart James, Wightlink’s marketing and innovation director, said: “Given our mutual connection with the sea, Wightlink has enjoyed a long association with Sail4Cancer that goes back nearly 20 years.

“In the past, we have taken cancer patients and their families across to the Island to join yachts and other craft so they could enjoy days out on the water.

“With our latest partnership, we are delighted to provide travel so those affected by cancer can enjoy the magic of the IW as well as Islanders looking for much-needed respite days out on the mainland.”

Find out more at www.somethingtolookforwardto.org.uk.