"To ease, through prayer, the burden of cancer on individuals, their loved ones and the community and to pray that the day will come quickly when all cancers can be prevented or cured."

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The Pause for Hope initiative has been set up with the following objectives:


  • to bring together in prayer those affected by all forms of cancer, their loved ones and carers
  • to remember dear ones lost to cancer
  • to pray for those with responsibility for providing and allocating resources required in the investigation, treatment and care of patients with cancer
  • to help those affected to understand the Christian value of suffering and that the prayers of the sick and those who look after them have great power with God
  • to help those who don't have cancer but have a great fear of the disease
  • to reach out to those who are at home or in hospital as patients or carers and unable to attend the Pause for Hope services.


Members of all religious dominations and faiths are welcome as well as those with little or no religious faith.


Press article by Ray Donnelly


Pause for hope upcoming services

Service Details

Services 2018

St Paul's Church, Cantley, Doncaster Sunday 11th February 2018 at 3pm

Cathedral Church of St Philip, Birmingham Sunday 25th February 2018 at 3pm

Chester Cathedral Sunday 3rd June 2018 at 3.30pm

St Bernadette's Church, Motherwell ML1 3PH Wednesday 6th June 2018 at 7pm

St Mirin's Cathedral, Paisley Sunday 8th July 2018 at 4pm

St Michael and St John's Church Clitheroe Sunday 14th October 2018 at 3pm

HMP Littlehey Huntington, Cambs PE28 0SR Thursday 4th October 2018

St Peter's Church, Lampeter Sunday 21st October 2018 at 2.30pm

Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool Sunday 28th October 2018 at 3pm

Renfield St Stephen's Church, Bath St, Glasgow Thursday 25th October 2018 at 7pm


Services 2019

Birmingham Sunday 22nd September

Lampeter Sunday 20th October 2019

Liverpool Sunday 27th October 2019



Prayers and Poems

Prayers and Poems

Featured Prayer:

Our featured prayer for today is Candle Lighting prayer. Our featured poem for today is From a mother to her son. See all of our prayers and poems


Pause for hope donations

Help Us

Pause for Hope is growing with services in Liverpool, Manchester, Chester, Glasgow and Birmingham and Lamoeter in Wales. We have had enquiries from Ireland, Australia and New York. The need is universal.

We want to raise £40,000 to appoint a National Development Officer whose role will be to develop Pause for Hope on a national basis.

With your help we could develop the Pause for Hope initiative into a truly national, or even international, event.

Please make a donation now to help us achieve this.

Thank you.

Messages of Hope

A message from:

"A Prayer Companion Through Cancer" by Kate Strickland.

A beautiful book of prayers for anyone coping with cancer.

Available on Amazon

Further Information

Contact Us

Professor Ray Donnelly MBE FRCS
c/o Roy Castle Centre, Cotton Exchange Building, Bixteth St., Liverpool L3 9LQ
T: 0333 323 7200
Website: www.pauseforhope.org.uk

email: pauseforhope@gmail.com