Health firm’s coffee morning raises cash for Dorset cancer charity

A COFFEE morning held by a firm that helps people recover from injury and illness gave a county cancer charity a boost.

Oxygen Wellbeing, based at West Down Farm in Corton Denham, 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.

The firm, owned by Juliet and Steve Thornton from Wincanton, was set up after retired Metropolitan Police firearms officer Steve worked with people from emergency services and military backgrounds suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Oxygen Wellbeing specialises in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy – HBOT – which 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 to relieve pain and reduce inflammation in conditions such as arthritis, Long Covid and multiple sclerosis.

“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,” said Juliet.

The DCCF helps people in the county and their families 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.

Since 2010, the DCCF has given more than £663,000 to 760 individuals and organisations, funded solely through donations and fundraisers.

Oxygen Wellbeing chipped in with a coffee morning, raising more than £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 about the charity to our visitors.

“We also had a raffle which was kindly supported with some great prizes from 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, including Sherborne and its surrounding areas.

“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 by phone on 07593 890879, email to, or online via Contact Oxygen Wellbeing on 01962 34996, or via

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