Facefax Support Group
The Facefax Support Group was originally formed in 1999 by
former cancer patients Carol Dunstone and Valerie Johal,
with the help of their Maxillofacial Consultant Surgeon and
the Maxillofacial Clinical Nurse Specialist at that time. The
group was formally established within the Northampton
General Hospital in 2001.
The Support Group was formed to aid others who, like Carol
and Valerie, were recovering from head, neck or mouth
cancer. As the group quickly grew in numbers it became
increasingly apparent that the Trustees of Facefax should
formally apply for Charitable status, and this was duly
formed and registered in 2006. The charity's aim is to offer
support and help for patients, their families and carers
affected by cancer of the face, head, neck and mouth.
Facefax aims to increase the public and medical awareness
of this type of cancer in order to obtain early diagnosis which
is so essential for the recovery from this little publicised
condition. Thankfully both doctors and dentists have been
made increasingly aware of this condition and, because of
early recognition of symptoms, can greatly increase
patients' chances of a good recovery.
The Facefax charity has also undertaken to raise funds for
much needed and vital diagnostic equipment for the
Maxillofacial Unit at the Northampton General Hospital and
is committed to continue to do so when any need arises. In
addition to organising fund raising events, Carol Dunstone
and Ann Bennett have jointly written their two books,
"Trilogy - How to help the Mind,
Body and Spirit survive Mouth, Neck
and Head Cancer" and "No Time for Cancer". All proceeds
from the books are donated to Facefax.
Facefax is also there to help patients with some of the main
problems which may occur after surgery and radiotherapy. Some
post operative situations can sometimes be very difficult to
manage: a temporary loss of speech, difficulties with eating and
swallowing and perhaps even a breakdown in self confidence.
These situations are not at all unusual, but Facefax has been
formed to address these issues by combining all of our
experiences from former patients, coupled with the indispensable
help and guidance from helpful medical staff.
Various meetings were held within Northampton General Hospital
and eventually a structure was formed which resulted in Mr.
Gordon Chandler becoming Secretary of the newly formed
Facefax Support Group. Gordon undertook to establish Facefax
as a registered charity. Anne Hicks, our new Clinical Nurse
Specialist, became Chairman of Facefax. This had a profound
effect not only upon the direction that the charity should
immediately pursue, but of the nature of its overall remit for the
Having formed Facefax, Ann Bennett and Carol Dunstone
became increasingly aware that we desperately needed a
permanent room ideally based near the Northampton General
Hospital. This was achieved on 16th October 2009 when the
Dunstone Bennett Complementary Centre was initially
established within the Cripps Centre in the Northampton General
Hospital. In May 2011 we moved to new premises at The
Basement Suite, 38 Billing Road, Northampton, NN1 5DQ.
Our current Secretary is Julie Lenton.
The DB Centre, supported by Facefax, has been running very
successfully since October 2009.
The Facefax Association Registered Charity Number - 1111412