As part of our new newsletter format, Cornwall VSF plans to post details of forthcoming commemorations, remembrances, and awareness events for the coming week, every Friday.

The point of this is to help link local organisations with national campaigns, raising awareness of important causes (covering the whole of the voluntary sector). Scan through these dates and occasions, and see if any can be applicable to your organisation, then get involved on social media.

This post will cover occasions for week commencing 7 September, with a backtrack to whole-month events for September.

7-13 September

Organ Donation Week

Find out more on the Organ Donation website, including details of campaigns for specific ethnic groups, and details of how the organ donation system changed recently, to an opt-in arrangement.

Remember a Charity week

Remember a Charity encourages people to leave money to a charity in their wills, and the organisation is using the Wombles this year to front a campaign. Their film will be launching on 7 September, here.

Know your Numbers! – blood pressure week

Knowing your numbers, being aware of high blood pressure, is the focus of the Blood Pressure UK campaign, every September. You can find out more here.

Having high blood pressure is a risk factor for stroke and heart attack, but many people who have it are not aware of it.

10 September

World Suicide Prevention Day

Truro Cathedral  will be open from 10am to 3pm on World Suicide Prevention Day, for quite reflection, or to light a candle in memory of someone who has died.

Due to COVID restrictions, it is not possible to hold the usual service for people affected by suicide, but the Cathedral will be open to those who would like a moment of quiet reflection. Cathedral chaplains, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s chaplaincy team, and the Suicide Liaison Service will also be available throughout the day.

All are welcome, of all faiths, or none.  For those not able to visit in person, you can light a virtual candle online on the Cathedral’s website.

Other events are taking place throughout the week – see the Cornwall Council website for details.

Whole of September

Urology Awareness Month, organised by the Urology Foundation to raise awareness of urological disease and raise funds for research & training.

It is estimated that 1 in 2 of us will be affected by a urology condition in our lifetime. Our urology health is vital to our quality of life. But diseases and cancers of the kidneys, bladder, prostate and the male reproductive system are becoming more prevalent and devastating the lives of millions of men, women and children in the UK.

Find out more on their website.

Vascular disease awareness month, with a campaign around ‘step it up’ raising awareness, and fundraising, but also encouraging people to ‘step it up’ around exercise, healthy eating and stopping smoking.

See the Circulation Foundation website for details.

Blood cancer awareness month, looking at raising awareness of lymphoma, the most common form of blood cancer.

See the Lymphoma Action website for more details.