A DORSET clinic which offers Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy hosted a coffee morning to help a Dorset cancer charity.

Juliet and Steve Thornton, owners of Oxygen Wellbeing in Sherborne, reached out to help after learning of the Dorset Cancer Care Foundation’s (DCCF) wish to help more people in the north of the county.

Steve is a retired Metropolitan firearms officer and the couple set up the business largely because of Steve’s ongoing work with people from blue light and military backgrounds who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy - or HBOT - sees users breathe 95 per cent oxygen within a pressurised hyperbaric chamber. The drug-free therapy is used to help the body heal from injury or surgery and relieve pain and reduce inflammation in conditions such as arthritis, long covid and multiple sclerosis.

Juliet said: “We are also privileged to be helping some local cancer patients, so, when we heard that the DCCF was trying to publicise its work in and around Sherborne we were keen to help.”

The DCCF helps Dorset people and their families who are experiencing financial hardship because of a cancer diagnosis.

The charity’s non-refundable grants are used by recipients to pay for costs such as travel to and from their hospital treatment, household costs, childcare and respite breaks.

Funded entirely by supporters and events, since 2010 the DCCF has given over £663,000 to 760 individuals and organisations.

Oxygen Wellbeing’s DCCF Coffee Morning raised over £135.

Steve said: “We were blessed with great weather and great company and as well as raising funds for the charity, Jaz and Meryl from the DCCF were able to share valuable information with our visitors. We also had a raffle which was kindly supported by local businesses.”

Jazmine White, charity manager for the DCCF, said: “We were delighted when Juliet and Steve offered to raise money and awareness for the charity.

“The DCCF is making a real difference to the lives of people with cancer in the east of the county and we would like to help people from all over Dorset.

“We know there are many people who would benefit from our help, and perhaps would also like to fundraise for us. So, please get in touch.”

The DCCF can be contacted via phone 07593 890879, via email at hello@dccf.co.uk or online at www.dccf.co.uk

Oxygen Wellbeing can be contacted on 01962 34996, or via hello@oxygenwellbeing.com