A cancer self-help group is now a registered charity, enabling it to continue helping people affected by cancer in Dorset.
Members and trustees at the Living Tree, based in Bridport, are excited about the opportunities it offers them, including fundraising.
Rita Bechervaise, a trustee of the Living Tree, said: “Becoming a registered charity raises our status in the local community and can assure the public that we are being monitored by the Charity Commission, from which we can seek advice and information.
“It raises the public’s trust in us that the money which is donated to the Living Tree can only be spent on our charitable objectives which are to serve our local community.
“We can claim gift aid on donations and some businesses and organisations will only donate to registered charities because registration raises our credibility.
“Raising funds is imperative if the Living Tree is to continue its work of supporting local people who have been affected by cancer so registration can really make a difference.”