Tech 4 Good initiative connects Cancer Virtual Assistant to NHS

Tech 4 Good initiative connects Cancer Virtual Assistant to NHS. ‘Ave’, Cancer Central’s virtual assistant has grown since her initial connection to the NHS back in the spring. As of today, you can now ask Ave about cancer symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, living with & prevention -

Ave will respond where information exists thanks to the tremendous efforts of the NHS Digital team who are making their information more accessible and an IBM Intern donating his time to support people affected by cancer.

A true Tech 4 Good initiative, Cancer Central is a real demonstration of a community coming together to build a much-needed resource for everyone affected by cancer. “The platform, technology, design and organisation has been solely built through pro bono. So far over 25,000 hours from 200+ individuals and 30+ organisations have been donated, with major contributions from TechFINIUM and ROQ” said Cancer Central Founder & CEO, Avril Chester.

This pioneering combination of corporate sponsorship, community support and crowdsourced innovation (called cominovation) has earned Chester a series of accolades this year.

A breast cancer survivor, Chester founded the company after facing first-hand the many challenges in finding targeted information, resources and support during her own cancer journey. Whatever the question or needs, Cancer Central aims to signpost information, businesses, services and charities - locally, nationally and online - who can offer advice and support.

Over time, Cancer Central will become the go-to place to find cancer support. Support includes but is not limited to, benefits advice, insurance products, counselling, complementary therapy, respite care, hats, wigs, lingerie, skincare, financial help, nutrition advice, local societies or communities, meals on wheels, books, blogs, forums, local hospital taxi services – all based on geographical location and cancer type.

“Managing expectations as our community grows is key. It is important to share that Ave is new and has lots to learn. I would like to encourage everyone to ask her lots of questions, this vital information will help us to shape her training.” Said Chester


Further information: To make a difference and impact, Cancer Central requires businesses, charities and communities (local, regional and national) who support those affected by cancer to register on their site, so that they can connect people to them in time of need. Cancer Central are looking for all help and support in spreading the word. Individuals and organisations can register for free here:

About Cancer Central

Avril Chester, founded the company in 2018 after surviving breast cancer. The company’s goal is to be a leader in the social impact business space with thanks to their pioneering approach, ‘cominovation’. To join the Cancer Central journey, follow on @CancerCentralUK on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and @CancerCentralTV on YouTube. #HelpisHere

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About Cancer Central

Digital Leaders HealthTech Innovation of the Year 2019. Cancer Central is a young award-winning social enterprise built on community, partnerships and a common goal to use tech for good. Created from over 40,000 donated hours by 250+ individuals & 35+ organisations with major contributions from TechFINIUM, Amido and ROQ, their vision is to become one of the leading HealthTech platforms delivering specialised online health hubs with Ask Ave, an AI Chatbot guiding people to the information they need.

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