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Newsletter No.32 – April 2021

April has been filled with glorious sunny days, a cold wind and nature showing us there is joy to be had in the simple pleasures of seeing the blossom bursting in the hedgerow and the birds celebrating each morning.

Dawn chorus seems louder this year than ever before, but it may be me!

Many of us have had our first vaccines and some the second, it does seem to be very swiftly done in our region and for this I am sure everyone is extremely grateful.

As many of you know April was incredibly special for us as we were bowled over with happiness as we welcomed our first grandson. All the family are doing well and his first visit to the beach will be soon!

The pandemic continues to have a huge impact in our world and we are working hard to be able to continue to offer support as restrictions lift. We are aware that for many they are not ready to resume face to face events to we will be offering online support for many months yet.


In this edition – 

  • Welcome to the new therapist – Nadiya Wynn
  • Call for Photos!
  • Car Boot Sale – Thank you
  • Online Shop
  • Poem
  • Nordic Walking
  • Lockdown in Numbers
  • Ways to support and connect with ALCS
  • Bowel Cancer Awareness
  • Recommended Reading
  • Dates for your diary & future events
  • Therapist Support Meeting
  • The Hope Programme
  • Beach Hut

Nadiya Wynn, Restorative Being, Yoga and Mindfulness plus 1-2-1 Yoga Therapy – Weekly Classes – Six-Week Courses

Nadiya has taught yoga since 2012 and is passionate about sharing Therapeutic Yoga and Mindfulness to restore people’s physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Nadiya offers online and in-person weekly and monthly classes, six-week courses, and 1-2-1 Yoga Therapy sessions tailored to your specific needs, which can be ideal for:

– easing into yoga before joining a class
– focusing on personal goals or developing a home practice
– reducing stress, anxiety, depression, or chronic fatigue
– recovering from an injury or managing aches and pains

Nadiya is passionate about yoga, especially Restorative Yoga, which is a practice close to her heart. Having restored her health and wellbeing with the nourishing practice, she now enjoys sharing it so others can experience the many benefits.
Nadiya trained at the Devon School of Yoga under Duncan Hulin (2011) and has a postgraduate certificate in yoga therapy. She has completed additional courses in subjects ranging from restorative yoga, mindfulness, yoga for ME and chronic fatigue, Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs, Yoga Nidra (guided meditation), Ayurveda, and dance movement therapy.

Nadiya is registered with the Independent Yoga Network, a member of the BWY (British Wheel of Yoga) and is fully insured to teach.

Mobile: 07800 712998

Call for photos!

We are creating a 2022 ALCS calendar featuring photographs of the local area – we’d love to feature your favourite photo(s)!

All photographs need to be submitted by 30 June 2021.  A panel from the ALCS Committee will make the final selection of 12 with the help of a local professional photographer.

Submit your photo(s) to …. we can’t wait to see them!

Clients WhatsApp Group

As discussed at the last Zoom drop-in we are going to trial a WhatsApp group where people can chat away from Zoom and discuss as a group results, hospital appointments or just to check in with everyone. This is going to be set up on the Charity Mobile so please send a text or WhatsApp to be added to 07512 279663 


Car Boot Sale  – Thank you

Thank you to those who came to connect or purchase items from our recent pitch at Axminster Car Boot Sale. We raised £190 and this money goes directly to helping our clients. We will keep you updated when we pop down to do another one Sunday afternoon.


Our Online Shop

Here you can purchase beautifully illustrated blank cards, recipe books, key rings and CDs – all the money raised goes directly to help our clients.
Just add your items to the basket and go to the checkout. If you have any problems please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.

Poem – Each Moment Is Precious by Pat A. Fleming

Live in the moment,
Just take it all in.
Pay attention to everything,
Right there and right then.

Don’t let your mind wander
To what’s coming next.
Cherish this moment
And give it your best.

Don’t let tomorrow
Make you rush through today,
Or too many great moments
Will just go to waste.

And the person you’re with,
In that moment you share,
Give them all of your focus;
Be totally there.

Laugh till it hurts,
Let the tears drop.
Fill up each moment
With all that you’ve got.

Don’t miss the details;
The lesson is there.
Don’t get complacent;
Stay sharp and aware.

It can take but a moment
To change your life’s path.
And once it ticks by,
There is no going back.

In just 60 seconds,
You may make a new friend.
Find your true love,
Or see a life start or end.

You become who you are
In those moments you live.
And the growth’s not in taking
But in how much you give.

Life is just moments,
So precious and few.
Whether valued or squandered,
It’s all up to you!

Nordic Walking

We are delighted to be able to start arranging Nordic Walking again and exciting news to be able to work with two Nordic Walking Instructors!

Regular walks with Gillian If you are experienced and have walked with Gillian before and would like a block of walks please get in touch.

For taster, beginners, 1-2-1 and general walks with Lindsay Shadrach

Lockdown in Numbers

The last 12 plus months have taken our charity in a different direction. We had to change plans and try to adapt and support in different ways rather quickly.

We have held weekly guided meditations, 2 sleep workshops 3 mindfulness workshops, 4 individual breath workshops for 6 weeks and 4 creative writing workshops again 6 weeks of sessions each course.

Held 50 Zoom drop-ins, with 69 people joining us and 49 individual visits over these sessions.

We have delivered the following to 155 clients, 397 magazines, 10 surgery care packs, 29 books on loan from our library, 98 jigsaw swaps, 26 art & craft kits. 20 people are receiving 1-2-1 buddying.

We have welcomed 80 new clients, had 42 visits to our beach hut, referred 21 people for counselling, 35 for touch therapy, 7 for tripudio, 4 for physio, 1 for oxygen therapy, 2 for yoga and 14 for Nordic walking.

If we can help support you in any way please do get in touch.

Ways to support or connect with Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support

If you wish to donate online you can via a one off payment or a monthly donation. Just click the link below and follow the instructions.

How to get involved with fundraising via Easyfundraising, Amazon Smile, Co-op etc

Instagram & Facebook

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK. It’s the second biggest cancer killer. But it shouldn’t be, as it’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone survives bowel cancer if diagnosed at the earliest stage, however this drops significantly as the disease develops. Being aware of the key symptoms and visiting your GP if things don’t feel right can help increase chances of an early diagnosis, and could save your life. The symptoms of bowel cancer can include:

 Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
 A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit
 Unexplained weight loss
 Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
 A pain or lump in your tummy Most people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer.

Other health problems can cause similar symptoms, but if you have one or more of these, or if things just don’t feel right, see your GP. For more information visit

Recommended Website This was recommended by one of our therapists who is supporting someone trying to cope with a recent bereavement. It has a lot of useful, thoughtful and varied ideas as to how grief is such a personal experience for everyone and each person will go at their own pace. We are here to support and if you need help or know someone who has lost a loved one please do get in touch.

Dates for your diary

Weekly drop-in sessions – Mondays 2-3pm

We are currently holding  our weekly drop-in sessions  virtually via Zoom on Mondays 2-3pm. Please do message us for more information if you have not already joined in. Information is also posted weekly to clients. We also create an event via Facebook and you can contact us for the code direct should you wish to join us. Please make sure you use your name when logging in to zoom to allow us to recognise you and allow you onto the session.

We swap top tips, exchange some positive stories and support where we can. We also now have weekly slots to meet the therapist where they talk about the treatments they offer and how they offer it, so you have an insight and can ‘meet’ the person before you sign up.

Zoom is free to join, just download the app on any device. As with all of these platforms it is recommended to check the privacy settings and unsubscribe to advertising. This should be an option when you sign up if not at the bottom of the confirmation email.

***NO DROP IN ON MONDAY 3rd or 31st MAY***


A 10-15mins Mindfulness visualisation each week after drop-in. Below are the May dates.

Monday 10th May – 3.00pm – Zoe King
Monday 17th May- 3.00pm – Jane White
Monday 24th May- 3.00pm – Jane White

Future Events for 2021 – More details will follow for these events nearer the time and will be updated on the newsletter & website.

Fly Fishing – 3rd June or 1st July
This is only available for people who have been impacted by breast cancer
Click here to book for 3rd June

Singing Workshop – 17th July 2021
The event would include breathing work, lunch and singing
Click here to book

ALCS Open Day
Monday 26th July

Flower Arranging – Summer Flowers 
Monday 9th August
Click here to book

Annual Bottomless Tea Party
Thursday 26th August

Hills are Alive walk 
Saturday 18th September

Blokes Brunch – Axminster
Saturday 9th October

Flower Arranging  – Autumn Flowers
Monday 11th October

Auction of Promises 2021
Friday 12th November – Uplyme Village Hall

Flower Arranging  – Christmas Wreaths
Monday 6th December

Fortnightly Therapist Support Meetings.

Please find below some of the next few days confirmed

May 13th 7.30pm  Marketing support and social media impact
May 26th 7.00pm Specialist nurse -The cancer journey
June 10th 7.30pm – Coping with bereavements
June 30th 7.00pm
July 22nd 7.30pm
August 11th 7.00pm
September 2nd 7.30pm
September 23rd 7.00pm
October 13th 7.30pm
November 4th 7.00pm
November 25th 7.30pm
December 8th 7.00pm

The Hope Programme

Living with or after a cancer diagnosis? Do you want to enhance your resilience, rediscover strengths and increase your ability to cope?
Join our online self-management programme called iHOPE.

The programme focuses on topics including: Smarter goal setting, priorities and values, managing stress, coping with fatigue, living positively with fears for the future, finding things to be thankful for, character strengths, eating well, physical activity Start dates:  31st May, 6th September and 25th October 2021 The course lasts 6 weeks. We ask that you commit a minimum of 2 hours per week, at a time to suit you, and have access to the internet via smartphone, tablet or PC.

Please click this link for more information and to register

Beach Hut 

Please contact us for more information regarding the beach hut via

If you have used the beach hut please do complete this very short survey ALCS Beach Hut Survey this helps us improve and with grant applications.

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