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Newsletter No.57 – May 2023

A warm welcome from myself (Donna) this month, I have just returned from a restful week in Zante. Something nice about turning off the laptop & TV and just relaxing. We went on a boat trip around the island and saw the head of a turtle and some dolphins. As a family we also enjoyed the pool, some cocktails and the local shops and beach. I even managed to read a whole book. It will not surprise those who know me and my love of sport that it was Ronnie O’Sullivan new book Unbreakable – I was lucky enough to pre-order a signed copy.


The charity have also been busy and whilst I was away Mary completed the new volunteer training with Rosemarie, Susan, Trina & Marina. We are very much looking forward to their input and support with the charity in variety different roles.

Please do check out the events coming up in June – Fermented Food, Pie and Pint & Blokes Brunch along with our weekly Acupuncture clinic which will be back each Monday. If you would like anymore information on any events or services please do contact myself or Mary.

In this edition 

  1. Local events in June
  2. David Gibbons Foundation & Charity of Excellence
  3. Creative Hub
  4. June Events
  5. Acupuncture Clinic
  6. ALCS Support Group
  7. Drop in Sessions
  8. Recommended Reading
  9. Online Shop
  10. Ways to support and connect with ALCS
  11. Beach Hut
  12. 2023 Events June – September

1. ALCS at Uplyme Fete & Axe Vale Show

This month ALCS has stalls at both Uplyme Fete on Saturday 10th June and Axe Vale Show on Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th June both are great events to meet people and let them know we are here for support.

We will be selling our cards and recipe books as well as some seasonal items. Do pop along and say hello if you are in attendance and fingers crossed for good weather.
2. David Gibbons Foundation

Thank you so much for the grant received from the David Gibbons Foundation.  We are very grateful for their support which will make a huge difference to our clients and enable us to continue to provide the support they need.

2. Charity Excellence

We are delighted to have been awarded the Charity of Excellence quality mark once again.  The quality mark provides demonstrable evidence to stakeholders and funders, of our commitment to excellence, reassurance for trustees that our charity is well run and recognition for staff and volunteers for what we are achieving.

3. Acrylic Art Workshops  – With Trudi Ochiltree

Learn how to paint in acrylics and be inspired by a variety of subjects and techniques. Acrylics are a popular medium as they are versatile and forgiving. In each workshop we will paint a particular subject, working from a choice of images. Your tutor Trudi will offer demonstrations and help along the way. There are 3 one off specials taking place

All the workshops will be from 9.30am -12noon

  1. Wed 14 June
  2. Thursday 13 July
  3. Tuesday 8 August.

at Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall, Wootton Fitzpaine, Bridport, Dorset DT6 6ND

Free parking at back of hall.
Wheelchair access.

No prior experience is required and all materials will be provided, however if you have some materials you would like to bring please do. Tea/coffee will be available.

Any queries please let us know.

Please note –  Information about the workshop/course will be sent out a week before the event.

Confirmation of the course will happen shortly after booking.

Please register your interest by clicking here

3. Creative Hub – Making A Mark Special with Christine Allison.

For all those who have participated in the Making A Mark course with Christine.

The special workshop will take place on Wednesday 28th June 10.00-12.30

Please note this is now at Lyme Regis Football Club and the time has been extended to allow for more participants. 

3. Creative Writing – One off workshops

Each will run via zoom for about 2 hours, no experience necessary. Information will be sent out prior to the workshop.

5th July Mid Summer Workshop. 11am

These are with Ninette Hartley

To register your interest please click here

3. Next Steps with Sharon Thomas
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 – Wednesday 10.00-12.00  6th/13th/20th/27th September 4th & 11th October.

To register your interest please click here

3. A  six week course for clients, Making A Mark with Christine Allison.

The course will run on the following dates – Wednesday 10-12pm location TBC

Wednesday 18th, 25th October

Wednesday 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd November

To register your interest please click here

Please note –  Information about the workshop/course will be sent out a week before the event.

Confirmation of the course will happen shortly after booking.

3. “Create a Hand Painted Leather Keyring” with Jools Woodhouse. -19th October 9.30am -12.30pm – Location TBC

In this 3 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”

To register your interest please click here
Another is also organised for 9th November please click here for further information.

Please note –  Information about the workshop/course will be sent out a week before the event.

Confirmation of the course will happen shortly after booking.

4. Kombucha Fermented Food Workshop – Monday 12th June 11.30 – 1.30pm
The benefits are well reported across the medical press now although this style of food has been used in many of cultures for 1000’s of years.
Numbers are limited so please register if you would like to attend
There is no cost to this event, as it is funded by the charity but donations are always appreciated.

Please bring an apron to wear – This will be held at the Lyme Regis Football Club.

Please click here to register your interest

(other food and drink available)
An opportunity to talk to other men affected by cancer and to ask any questions about the support we offer.

Tuesday 14th June
Location: The George Hotel – Axminster
Click here to register your interest

4.Blokes Brunch with Guest Speaker Dr Nick Hodges

An opportunity for men to learn and discuss cancer whilst enjoying a breakfast provided.

Registration required and please do notify of any dietary requirements.

Saturday 17th June
Location: The George Hotel – Axminster
Please click here to register your interest

5. Acupuncture Clinic

Weekly acupuncture clinic on Mondays 4.00 – 5.00pm 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.
Monday 5th June
Monday 12th June
Monday 19th June
Monday 26th June

Please click here to book

6. ALCS Support Group for those going through treatment.

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 Ady 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 19th June – If you would like to join us for a cuppa and a chat do please drop by.

If you wish to attend please do let us know on 07512 279663 or

For more information on Jenny and the services she offers please click here.

7. Drop-in sessions for JUNE

Monday 5th – Axminster Hospital Scott Rowe 2-4pm 
Monday 12th –  Lyme Regis Football Club 2-4pm
Monday 19th – Axminster Hospital Scott Rowe 2-4pm 
Monday 26th –  Lyme Regis Football Club 2-4pm


8. Recommended Reading – Ronnie O’Sullivan Unbreakable.

As mentioned above, I read this book in 5 days whilst on holiday. Excellent read if you are into snooker, running or just curious about what he might really be like. He gives off a confident persona on the snooker table but he has had a tough upbringing and suffered with both depression/anxiety and actually lacks confidence in his own ability, he has been lucky to be able to work on himself and his game to find a balance in life.

One thing that surprised me was that he buys his clothes in M&S and drives a smart car which people do not expect when they do a double take at the traffic lights. He is also a big fan of scones, cream and Jam – its his daily routine when taking part in the world championship in Sheffield which he has participated in for the past 31 years.

9. 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.

10. 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
Instagram & Facebook

11. Beach Hut – Last Minute Dates

Do look out for beach hut last minute dates on Facebook and the ALCS WhatsApp group going forward. Please send a text or WhatsApp to 07512 279663 to be added if you are an existing client.

The new booking system has been designed to give priority to those going through treatment or recently finished. The confirmation and information is sent within the Eventbrite ticket. You can also manage your booking by cancelling any dates you are no longer able to use.

Health and Nature Dorset (HAND) has received funding, from Natural England, to gather insights into the barriers people have in accessing nature for their wellbeing, with a focus on people with long term health needs.  We have developed a short survey to accompany some focus groups and art-based workshops that have been running over the last couple of months.

Connecting and engaging with natural spaces benefits physical and mental wellbeing, but not everyone has equal access to Dorset’s greenspaces.  HAND want to better understand how people are accessing, engaging and connecting with nature to support wellbeing and if there are any barriers that may stop you from engaging.

Sharing your (or those you support) experiences of connecting with nature or the barriers you face will help us to identify possible solutions to better support people to access and connect with nature for their health and wellbeing.  Contributions will be used anonymously to develop a report that will be shared with Natural England and partner organisations in Dorset. None of the information provided will be identifiable to individuals.

The survey should take about 8 minutes to complete – but the more you share the better, to help inform local solutions.  Please complete the survey by end 4 June 2023.

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