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 there would be financial support for her out there somewhere. However, she shocked to discover that this was not the case and was therefore forced to work to support her family whilst going through a very traumatic time.
During and following surgery and treatment, 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 the most important thing. It gave a great sense of wellbeing and helped in the recovery process for them both.
By 2010, Andy and Fiona had set up home together but in 2013, Fiona was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer which had spread elsewhere. Fiona now receives ongoing treatment for this incurable but treatable condition. Again, Andy and Fiona found the little treats in life gave them ‘Something To Look Forward To’ in the darker 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 things at a time when they were needed most. This is known as ‘cancer poverty’.
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.