Andy and Fiona Coldron are the Founding Directors of ‘Something To Look Forward To’.
In April 2007 Fiona, who at the time was a single Mother of two was made redundant, but was lucky enough to find a new job by June of that year. However, only a week after being offered the job, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and was only eligible for statutory sick pay with her new employer, which was not sufficient to support her family. The thought of having to work in a new job during surgery and treatment was extremely daunting. As a single mother of two teenagers she presumed that there would be financial support for her out there somewhere. She was however shocked to discover that this was not the case and was therefore placed in the position of having to work to support her family whilst going through a very traumatic time.
During and following surgery and treatment including chemotherapy and radiotherapy Andy and Fiona found that small treats such as a meal out, a night in a hotel or a day out with the family was something that gave them both ‘Something To Look Forward To’. It provided some brief respite from the relentless slog of the hospital environment. They came to realise that experiences with loved ones was what was the most important thing and gave a great sense of wellbeing and helped in the recovery process for both of them. It was during this period that they had the idea of starting a charity to support others affected by cancer and in particular cancer poverty. However, after the completion of all the treatment, life seemed to get in the way again and the idea of ‘Something To Look Forward To’ was put on the ‘back burner’.
By 2010, Andy and Fiona had set up home together, but then in the summer of 2013 Fiona was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer which had spread elsewhere. Another course of chemotherapy began which reduced the cancer cells and was followed by maintenance treatment. Fiona now receives ongoing treatment for this incurable but treatable condition.
Again, during this period Andy and Fiona found the little treats in life gave them ‘Something To Look Forward To’ in the darker and more difficult periods of their life together. However, they had also come to realise how often people are affected financially by cancer and could not afford these sort of things at a time when they were most needed.
In 2015 they took the decision to start the process of launching ‘Something To Look Forward To’ as a registered charity and not for profit company limited by guarantee.