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Newsletter No.48 – August 2022

August, a month of two halves, we have gone from a searing heat wave to grey and misty all in a few weeks.

This month for me has been about  remembering my dear friend Dot Wood, many of you will have known Dot as she played a huge part in our community and brought a joy of the world with her. I knew Dot through many areas of our Lyme community but the most laughs and fun had were when we swam together, starting the day swimming towards the sunrise laughing and discussing our lives was wonderful and I feel blessed to have had that time with her. My thoughts, along with all those who knew her are with her husband, sons, family and friends.

Dot’s art is currently exhibited at Symondsbury, it reflects her love of the sea, flowers, nature and life, the exhibition is running until 4th September. Click here for more information

We also welcome Julia Johnston to our ALCS volunteer team after her training this month.

Thank you to everyone who volunteers in various ways, we could not do it without you.

We are looking for more volunteers for drop-in and events so please do let us know if you are interested or do pass it onto friends or family. It is suggested that you are a year out of treatment.

In this edition 

  • The Hills are Alive
  • Thank you
  • Stanley Studios
  • AGM
  • Stepping into Nature Conference
  • Meet the Therapist
  • Acupuncture Clinic
  • Active Treatment Drop-in
  • Drop in Sessions 
  • Poem
  • Recommended Website/Blog
  • Macmillan
  • Online Shop
  • Ways to support and connect with ALCS
  • Beach Hut
  • Dates for your diary and future events

The Hills are Alive Walk – Saturday 17th September 9.30am

Starting in Symondsbury, taking in three hills and finishing at The Anchor Inn, Seatown. More details to follow.
Sign up is £10.00 suggested minimum donation and includes a t-shirt for the walk.
Please sign up by 7th September by clicking here.

Lyme Regis Golf Club presents Cancer Support Charity with £5,000

Ladies and Men’s Captains present cheque as part of their fund raising for the year.

 Lyme Regis Golf Club have generously presented a cheque for £5,000 to Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support through the fund raising by both the Men’s and Ladies Captains.
On Saturday August 20th, Steve Hames, the Club Captain and Mary Minter, Ladies Captain presented the cheque to Mary Kahn. Both Captains have chosen Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support as their nominated charity for this year.
Mary Minter said: “We have a wonderful course here at Lyme and are pleased that the money raised has come from visitors to the club as well as our members”.
Steve Hames added: “Both Captains have chosen to support our local charity and appreciate the work and services they provide to those affected by Cancer in the area.”
“We have more events planned through the rest of our time as Captains of the Golf Club”, he added.
“We are so grateful to Lyme Regis Golf Club, its members, guests and all that have contributed to the fund raising”, said Mary Kahn, founder of the charity.
“We support anyone affected by any cancer in our area and this will help us to continue to provide needed help and care to many in our community”.
The If anyone wants to access support or contribute directly, they can find many of the details of services offered and how to contact the charity on its website.

Making Your Mark with Christine Allison

Six sessions of creative mixed-media drawing in which you will make your own personal ‘keepsake book’ full of interesting marks, experimentation and joyous inspiration.

Suitable for everyone from novices to more experienced artists. All materials provided. This will start on Wednesday 21st September 10am-12noon and run for 6 weeks .

This will be at Stanley Studios, Kilmington and light refreshments will be available.

If you would like to book a place please contact


Our next AGM is on Wednesday 7th September via Zoom at 7.30pm

Please email for the zoom link

Any questions please feel free to ask Mary or Donna


Stepping into Nature Conference – Save the Date!

All day on Tuesday 1st November 2022 at Kingston Maurwood

We will celebrate the projects achievements, showcase the nature based wellbeing offer and provide plenty of networking time with health, environment and community organisations.

More details to follow. Sign up to our newsletter to keep updated:

Meet the Therapist – Dana Haydon

Dana Haydon – Pilates Health Coach, Pilates Instructor, Advanced Health & Fitness Instructor, Boxercise Personal Trainer, Aquafit Instructor, Make up, Colour & Skincare Consultant, Holistic Therapist, Sleep Consultant.

Dana is a Health & Fitness coach with over 20 years of experience, working with children, adults, older adults including disabled and dementia care patients.  She is an advanced level instructor and Personal trainer with many disciplines both in and out of the water.  Having trained as a Gym, Exercise to Music, GP referral instructor and Personal Trainer at level 3 in Anatomy & physiology & Nutrition for exercise.  Adding a multitude of other disciplines to makes her a fully rounded instructor from Fitness Yoga to Aquafit, Circuits, Boxercise & Bootcamp to Pilates.

Having overcome cancer, surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy herself, she has an understanding of the mental and physical affects that this has on the mind and body.  Using a combination of diet, movement, mindfulness, exercise, good sleep, gut health and positive attitude she nurtures her clients to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

Pilates – Helps to strengthen the body, improves balance, flexibility, core, posture and is relaxing and mindful.

Aqua movement – Water supports the joints, reducing or eliminating impact and allows the body to move freely and safely.

Health & Fitness – Working to improve all areas of health and fitness with a holistic approach taking diet, mind, body, gut health and sleep into the equation for positive and balancing results

Make up, Colour & Skincare – Once taught the basics and simple tricks, make up can make a huge difference to confidence and can look natural.  Wearing the right colour can change appearance dramatically, boosting confidence, giving the illusion of balance.  The right skincare routine can be easily learned with instant results in how the skin feels and looks.  Dana has trained with Max Factor, Lancome, Chanel, Jane Iredale, Neals Yard, Oriflame, Artistry and Colour me Beautiful in addition to Professional make up courses.

Holistic Therapist – Aromatherapy facials, Accupressure facials, Non surgical facelift facials, Indian Head Massage, Manicure, Pedicure, Accupressure head, back & Arm Massage.

Dana said “I have always had to work hard at staying in shape, I have experienced yoyo dieting of most types and substantial weigh gain after fertility treatment, chemotherapy, hormone treatment and chemotherapy induced menopause.  I understand how you feel, what you are trying to achieve and how to look and feel great with a positive mindset as part of your everyday lifestyle.  I’m not a size 0, 18 year old, I’m a real person who can walk the walk with you”

Dana Haydon – Look Great Feel Good – Tel. 07709 524437

Acupuncture Clinic

Weekly acupuncture clinic on Monday’s 4.00 – 5.30pm at Scott Rowe Room within Axminster Hospital.. This will be a group session and involve auricular acupuncture (around the outer ear). Hilary Sharp will be providing the acupuncture. 

Particular benefits include helping to alleviate hot flushes, anxiety, dry mouth, and fatigue. Further information can be obtained from Hilary.

This support will be offered free of charge to registered clients. We do have have a max of 15 at each session which must be booked in advance. Please bring your own water. (Drinks will not be able to be supplied) Do contact us to be added to a waiting list should the online booking system show full.

5th September
12th September
19th September
Please click here to book

Active Treatment Drop-in Sessions

We are going to hold a drop-in session for those about to start treatment, going through treatment or finished within the last 6 months. These will be run by Mary and Isabel to help support those going through cancer and make connections.

Monday 5th September – Axminster Hospital Scott Rowe 12.30-1.30pm

If you would like to join us for a cuppa and a chat do please drop by.

Drop-in sessions for SEPTEMBER

Monday 5th September – Axminster Hospital Scott Rowe 2-4pm

Monday 12th September – Lyme Regis Football Club 2-4pm 

Monday 19th September – Axminster Hospital Scott Rowe 2-4pm

Monday 26th September-  Lyme Regis Football Club 2-4pm

Wild Geese – Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees 

for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.                         

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain

are moving across the landscapes,

over the prairies and the deep trees,

the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,

are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting—

over and over announcing your place

in the family of things.

Recommended website – Big Health Macmillan

Our partnership enables cancer patients to access safe and effective always-available digital solutions for insomnia and anxiety.

Day or night, at home or in hospital, Macmillan and Big Health can provide trusted mental health support, immediately accessible with no waiting lists.

Together, we are making clinically proven treatments for poor sleep and anxiety available for anyone diagnosed with cancer in 2022 in the UK.

In Scotland, Daylight and Sleepio are made available to the whole population via the Scottish Government.

Triple Negative Breast Cancer session on 7th September at 4pm

The CNS at Dorchester hospital have kindly agreed to run a session on Triple Negative Breast Cancer, this will be a one hour virtual session open to support group members who have this Breast Cancer type or care for someone, as well as support group leads who may have members or clients with Triple Negative Breast Cancer.  The aim of the session is to help to explore issues and concerns, treatments and long term side effects.

The session will be held on the 7th September at 4pm to finish by 5pm and be via Microsoft Teams or Zoom, to be confirmed.

Please could you let me know potential numbers interested in attending, and ask people to think of questions they might like to ask.  To enable as many questions to be answered as possible we are asking that these be submitted in advance.  Therefore please can you ask members to either email me directly or via yourself with their question, concern, etc., by the 15th August.  This will allow time to theme everything and send to the CNS for the day.

Tracy Street

Engagement Lead Wessex

Covering Dorset & Channel Islands

Macmillan Cancer Support


Macmillan Cancer Support – Hope Programme 2022

Living with or after a cancer diagnosis?
Do you want to enhance your resilience through these difficult times, rediscover strengths and increase your ability to cope? 

Macmillan Cancer Support and Hope For the Community CIC have partnered to deliver this free online group self-management programme. The Hope Programme for people living with cancer was co-created with people living and affected by cancer and with researchers at Coventry University to make sure it is rooted in science.

Since launching the Hope Programme we have seen a great demand. You can now book on our 2022 courses.

What will it involve? 

You will be asked to enrol on a 6 week online Hope Programme. The course focuses on you and your wellbeing. 

It will take up to 2 hours to complete each weekly session, which you can complete at any time which is convenient to you. You can do the course on your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. 

Each week we will cover topics like: • smarter goal setting • priorities and values • living positively with fears for the future • character strengths • physical activity • eating well • managing stress • coping with fatigue • finding things to be thankful for

The course includes quizzes, worksheets, audio and video materials, interactive gratitude and goal setting and social networking via email and forums. Hope aims to teach you how to become more relaxed, improve your confidence in setting positive goals, learn stress and fatigue management skills and explore any worries you experience when dealing with cancer.

The course may be facilitated by trained facilitators or health professionals who themselves have an experience of living with cancer.   

What do you need to do?

You will be asked to complete few questions on sign-up, this is just so we know this course is right for you. 

Before and after the course, our partners at Coventry University might also ask you to take part in a survey to tell us how you are feeling and what you thought about the course, so we can make it better for future participants. Taking part is optional.

Next steps

Step 1 – Sign-up to the course and select a course date (answer few questions and leave us your details). Please note the course is available for UK residents only.

Step 2 – On completing the booking, you will receive a confirmation email straight away. An activation link will be sent out to you week before the course starts. Don’t worry we will keep in touch and remind you, just in case it gets caught up in your spam folder.

Step 3 – If no more places are available, please select the waiting list option. 

If you require support now

Macmillan Cancer Support latest coronavirus guidance The Macmillan Support Line can help with clinical, practical and financial information. Please call us on 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm).

Our Online Shop & Event Bookings

If you are looking for individual cards, or a bespoke gift locally made please do consider our online shop. 

Hopefully we have made it easier for you to 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 which is now using Stripe payments but Paypal is still an option. If you have any problems please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.

Cards can be purchased at drop-in and local events or collection arranged.

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 or scan the QR code.

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

Instagram & Facebook



Beach Hut Update 

The Beach Hut will open shortly for November bookings. Do also keep an eye out on dates becoming available via WhatsApp and Facebook/Instagram.

If you know you have a date booked that you cannot make please let us know ASAP.

Please note if you book the beach hut you will get an email with the booking, the system also sends a reminder and a member of the team will email you with the booking code. If you do not get these the booking has not been completed correctly. If you have any issues or wish for us to check any bookings you think you may have please email

More information about the beach hut can be found via

Future Events for 2022 – More details will follow for these events nearer the time and will be updated on the newsletter and website.

ALCS AGM 7.30pm
Wednesday 7th September
Via Zoom

ALCS @ Kilmington Show
Saturday 10th September
1pm – 5pm

Fermented Food Workshop 11.30 – 1.30pm
Monday 12th September
Lyme Regis Football Club
Click here to book

Sleep Workshop 2.30 – 3.30pm
Monday 12th September
Lyme Regis Football Club

An Introduction to Creative Writing Wednesday 14th September 11.00am – 12.30pm 
A face to face event where you can meet Ninette Hartley prior to the next 6 weeks course
Lyme Regis Football Club
Article to read here
Click here to book

The Hills are Alive Walk 9.30am
Saturday 17th September  start in Symondsbury taking in three hills and finishing at The Anchor Inn Seaton. 
More details to follow in the website.
Click here to book

Pie & Pint 6.30 – 8.30pm
Tuesday 20th September
The George Axminster
Click here to book

Stanley Studios – Christine Allison Making a Mark Course 10-12pm
Wednesday 21st September
Stanley Studios – Kilmington
Contact Mary to book a place

Autumn Flower Workshop 2-4pm
Monday 10th October
Lyme Regis Football Club
Click here to book

4 year Anniversary Wellbeing Day Retreat Penny Brohn
Tuesday 11th October
More information to follow

Blokes Brunch 9.30 -11.00am
Saturday 15th October
Location TBC
Click here to book

Managing Worries with Jo Little 2.30 – 3.30pm
Monday 17th October
Axminster Hospital Scott Rowe Room

Mindfulness Workshop 2.30 – 3.30pm
Monday 24th October
Lyme Regis Football Club

Pie & Pint 6.30 – 8.30pm
Tuesday 25th October
Location TBC

Fermented Food Workshop 11.30 – 1.30pm
Monday 7th November
Lyme Regis Football Club

Art  Exhibition for ALCS
More information to follow – Uplyme Village Hall

November 7-8.30pm Viewing Friday 11
November 9.30-12.30pmthSaturday 12

Pie & Pint 6.30 – 8.30pm
Tuesday 15th November
Location TBC

ALCS Forum Meeting 11.30-1.30pm
Monday 21st November
Lyme Regis Football Club

Sleep Workshop 2.30 – 3.30pm
Monday 21st November
Lyme Regis Football Club

Christmas Wreath Workshop 2-4pm
Monday 5th December
Lyme Regis Football Club

Pie & Pint 6.30 – 8.30pm
Tuesday 6th December
Location TBC

Christmas Lunch 12.30 – 1.30pm
Monday 19th December
Lyme Regis Football Club

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