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Newsletter No.49 – September 2022

September has been a strange month with a new prime minster and then the rather sudden decline of our Queen and then the 12 days of mourning, seeing the nation celebrate her life in various different ways.

We also sadly lost one of our original ALCS members in Sue Puddicombe who attended the very first fundraising event in the summer of 2018 and has since been a part of what makes ALCS special.

She formed close friendships with other members and it has been a pleasure to know Sue with her pink hair and funny stories. Our thoughts are with David her husband and all the family.

I saw a post recently that made me think this is exactly why I volunteer and work for ALCS to help others and make connections.

“It’s important that we share our experiences with other people.
Your story will heal you and your story will heal someone else.
When you tell your story, you free yourself and give other people permission to acknowledge their own story.” Iyanla Vanzant.

I think this went well with Tim’s poem below he wrote about ALCS and what we offer do make sure you check it out below.

In this edition 

  • The Hills are Alive
  • Tesco Community Grants
  • Nordic Walking Taster
  • Stanley Studios
  • Acupuncture Clinic
  • Active Treatment Drop-in
  • Drop in Sessions
  • Poem
  • Recommended Website/Blog
  • Online Shop
  • Ways to support and connect with ALCS
  • Beach Hut
  • Dates for your diary and future events

Thank you – The Hills are Alive Walk 

Thank you to those who took part in our first sponsored walk. The walk has raised in excess of £1400. It is not to late to donate. Please see the fundraising pages below.
Kelsey’s Page
Bruce’s Page

Heather’s Page
Sarah’s Page
Pip’s Page
John’s Page

Tesco – Community Grants

Our Tesco community grants collection goes live in October, you can donate your blue tokens when visiting Axminster or Lyme stores towards ALCS.

Nordic Walking Taster Session

The next taster is 14th October 10.00am -11.30am Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre.

Lyme Bay Nordic Walking offers professional instruction and guided group walks in the Lyme Regis and Bridport area.

Nordic Walking, recognised by ‘Public Health England’ as an ideal exercise as we age, provides numerous health benefits:

– a full body workout exercising both the upper and lower body
– the cardiovascular system is worked
– using the correct technique, 90% of the body’s muscles are activated
– burns up to 46% more calories than normal walking
– improves posture and strengthens back and abdominal muscles
– relieves neck and shoulder tension
– reduces the impact on the joints

It can be enjoyed by people of all ages and levels of fitness. If you would like further information on classes, please email Juliet or Mel via email

Click here to book

Stanley Studios Events

Thank you to Lyme Regis Rotary Club for their donation towards Creative Hub activities.

“Understanding Spices” with Mina Fountain. – Wednesday 9th November 10.00-12.00.

In this 2 hour workshop, Mina will talk to you about different spices to improve your knowledge and understanding.

To register your interest please click here

“Create a Hand Painted Leather Keyring” with Jools Woodhouse. – Wednesday 16th November 10.00-12.00.

In this 2 hour workshop, Jools will give a brief demo of how she creates a colourful beach hut keyring as sold on the ALCS shop.

Using acrylic paints and a small leather square, you will create your own to take home.

Once the design is applied, we will punch a hole and add a stainless steel keychain- your Keyring is ready to go!

If time allows, a spare kit will be available for you to create a custom design!

No experience is necessary and all materials are provided

Click here to register your interest

A journalling six week course for clients, working through a beautiful creative handbook with Sharon Thomas click here to view her website

The course will run on the following dates – Thursday 10.00-12.00  12th,19th,26th January 2nd,9th and 16th February.

To register your interest please click here

Acupuncture Clinic

Weekly acupuncture clinic on Mondays 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.

3rd October
10th October
17th October
24th October
31st October
Please click here to book

Active Treatment Drop-in Sessions

We hold monthly support group sessions 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. Each month we plan will have a different theme or speaker and if you have any suggestions please let us know.

Monday 3rd October – Axminster Hospital Scott Rowe 12.30-1.30pm with Hilary Sharp, talking about the benefits of Auricular Acupuncture.

Monday 31st October- Axminster Hospital Scott Rowe 12.30-1.30pm
Monday 28th November – Axminster Hospital Scott Rowe 12.30-1.30pm with Sharon Thomas  discussing her ‘Next Steps’ course

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

Drop-in sessions for OCTOBER

Monday 3rd October – Axminster Hospital Scott Rowe 2-4pm

Monday 10th October – Lyme Regis Football Club 2-4pm 

Monday 17th October – Axminster Hospital Scott Rowe 2-4pm

Monday 24th October –  Lyme Regis Football Club 2-4pm

Monday 31st October – Axminster Hospital Scott Rowe 2-4pm

Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support circle logoHELP IS AT HAND BY TIM (A CLIENT OF ALCS)

If cancers made your life a mess

Then contact the ALCS,

The people there are very nice

And willing to give advice.

They offer many things to do

To help to get you through.

Try your hand at Nordic walking

Or if you only feel like talking

Help is just a call away

Someone will heed just what you say

Acupuncture, Yoga or Creative writing

Plus lots more that’s so exciting

Come and join a weekly meeting

You are guaranteed a friendly greeting

We’re all in the same boat

And together we can keep afloat

You may find some new friends

And hopefully your worry ends

So now the ball is in your court


They will help you in your tiring race

And put a smile back on your face.

Recommended website – We Get It – Scars For Life

Celebrating the beautiful and the bold.

Exploring the physical and mental scars of cancer through photography and film.

For those of us who have scars from cancer – whether they are physical, mental or both – we tend not to show them or talk about them.

And yet, the scars represent visually what we have experienced, both mentally and physically. They are the scars that have enabled us to carry on living – they are our scars for life.

And this is why the Scars for Life project is so important to us; it is to show those scars and be proud of what our bodies have achieved.

We Get It has joined forces with award winning photographer Sophie Mayanne, with our We Get It photographer, Holly Webb and with James Stapleton from Jooka Video Production to create an all-immersive exhibition of photos and video illustrating our cancer stories and the scars they have left behind.

Our Online Shop & Event Bookings

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

It is not to soon to order your Christmas cards!

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. 
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
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.

Beach Hut Update 

The Beach Hut will open shortly for December 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


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