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Newsletter No. 3 – November 2018

As we have been running our drop-in sessions for 2 months now, we thought we would give you an update on progress so far. The word is spreading and the numbers of people attending our drop-in sessions is growing. We’re pleased to see some regular faces at each session and have now referred 9 people for therapy or activity sessions which, through our ongoing fundraising efforts, we have been able to financially support to the value of £1500. We do need to continue our programme of events and grant funding applications to ensure we can continue this vital work – we’re happy to report the results of our latest fundraiser  below.

We  have now recruited a group of kind, compassionate volunteers and held our first training day on Monday 19th November. 6 volunteers attended this session, designed to ensure they have appropriate information and guidance to be comfortable and confident in their role.

Quiz Night Fundraiser – the results are in!

Our first Quiz Night was held up at Uplyme Scout Hall on Friday 16th November. We had a bar selling refreshments, cheese boards and home made cakes and our raffle was very well supported. 8 teams took part and with much fun and banter along the way, we raised £534.42 !

Recommended Reading
We are currently building a library which is available to anyone attending our drop-in sessions. The library contains books on a variety of topics, all of which are aimed at helping people living with and beyond cancer. “If you want a reason to get up in the morning and smile at the world, then read The Cancer Whisperer” says Maggie Pagano, a journalist who writes for the Independent and the International Business Times.
The book is available in our library, or can be found on Amazon
Activity / Therapy Spotlight
We’ve been working very closely with our therapists and activity instructors and would now like to give a little extra information on each topic. This month our focus is on Nordic Walking. It’s a great way to get outdoors, enjoy the amazing countryside which surrounds us and maybe even make new friends along the way. Gillian Butcher is an experienced instructor and is offering a new taster group session starting in January. In case you missed our recent email, please click below to see full details about why Nordic Walking could benefit you and how to sign up for a taster

Supplier Of The Month
It’s been a very busy first three months, with much effort by our commitee members and volunteers to get things up and running. We have also been extremely touched by the generosity of local businesses who have offered their goods or services to support us. This month would like to say an official thank you to Stephen Banks of Watershed PR. Stephen not only designed and built our website free of charge, but he has also trained our team to maintain the site ourselves and been on hand to answer our queries – all of this at zero charge to the charity. We are delighted to be able to recommend the professional service Watershed provide and have had some excellent comments as to how user friendly our new website is . Stephen’s  website is or you can email or call Stephen on 01308 420785.

Dates for your diary :

November 1st to 30th
Each year, Movember is responsible for thousands of mustaches on men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of Movember is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.
November 1st to 30th
It’s also Pancreatic Cancer awareness month. You may have seen fundraisers in purple – the campaign is all about raising awareness, and campaigning for faster treatments, with Pancreatic Cancer UK asking people to “Wear Purple for Pan Can!”
Drop-in Sessions – extra dates!
From 7th January 2019, we’re delighted to announce that our sessions will now be weekly. We will move to our new Lyme Regis venue, The Football Club, from Monday 7th January. The next session will be in Axminster on 14th January, and will alternate between Lyme and Axminster weekly thereafter. But don’t forget, you can still drop in for a cuppa and a chat before Christmas – at Axminster Hospital Scott Rowe Room on Monday 26th November 2pm – 4pm and the Pop Up Kitchen in Lyme on Tuesday 11th December 2.30pm – 4.30pm.
Dates for Next Year
We already have two fundraising events in the diary for 2019 – our Auction Of Promises on 30th March and Afternoon Tea Party on 29th August. Do please add them to your diary!

We look forward to seeing you at one of our future events or drop-in sessions. Thanks again for your continued support.

Kind Regards

Mary Kahn


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