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Newsletter No.59 – July 2023

Hello, its Donna again this month, I have been so busy during July it seems to have flown past. The weather has been hit and miss but the Beach Hut has been fully booked and people are enjoying the shade or the shelter. I cannot believe that we have had the hut for 3 years now. It benefits so many clients each month especially those going through or recently finishing treatment.

Supporting you – If you would like to chat through referral options and support ALCS can offer we can arrange to meet either face to face or a telephone call. Please click here and place a booking for (31st August) and someone will be in touch to arrange a suitable date and time for you.

On Saturday 8/9th July as a family we held an afternoon tea event for our friends and families raising money for both ALCS and St Margaret’s Hospice Taunton who have also recently supported our family. A total of £282.00 has been donated to ALCS. This money has been allocated to talking therapies for our clients to access counselling, coaching, hypnotherapy etc. This is available via a referral through Mary should you wish to have more information on our professional partners a list can be found via the website. We also occasional have guest speakers during drop-in or our monthly support group for those going through treatment who can tell you more on what they do.

Mary here… popping up to say a huge thank you to Donna and her family for this wonderful fundraising event.

In this edition 

  1. Thank you 
  2. Fundraising
  3. ALCS New Therapist
  4. Creative Hub
  5. Events
  6. Acupuncture Clinic
  7. ALCS Support Group
  8. Drop in Sessions
  9. Poem
  10. Online Shop
  11. Ways to support and connect with ALCS
  12. Beach Hut
  13. 2023 Events August – November

1. Thank you

Thank you to the Michaela Ellis who was the Mayor of Lyme Regis for 2022 who during her year in chambers raised £3,000 split between ALCS and Lyme Regis Pantomime Society holding various different events. This money will be able to support clients individual needs.

2. Fundraising

ALCS will be at Honiton Show on 3rd August August: 10am – 5pm
All public car parking – Free
Free Shuttle Bus Service from Lace Walk (Honiton High Street) starting at 9.00am.
Children admitted FREE.
Disabled persons pay admission but essential carer is admitted free of charge.

3. Guy Sweetman Clinic Director, Sports Therapist Movement & Running Specialist. BSc Hons, MSST, CRTS

Guy founded East Devon Physical Therapy in 2010, launching the South West into the modern age of pain and injury treatments, since has been renown for his keen use of modern technology and implementing its uses into healthcare, alongside traditional and well established techniques.

From being the first private practice in the South West, one of only 6 in the UK at the time, to introduce the Alter-G antigravity treadmill, which has allowed the freedom of safe exercise and mobility for many people, now alongside the specialist HUR gym systems. Guy was the first UK distributer of Phits custom 3D printed orthotics, using the footscan pressure system for an accurate, dynamic and effective prescription, helping with mobility, diabetic pressure ulcers and relieving pain, to name a few! As an experienced expert with LASER therapy, photobiomodulation,

Guy has introduced the NovoTHOR system to the South West, with only 6 others available in the UK. This system helps to treat a wide range of ailments from cancer patients to improving sports performance, utilised by many elites such as Sir Mo Farah. Whilst the treatment has been well documented for decades and used worldwide, a recent NHS trial specifically for cancer treatments and fibromyalgia, it is now recommended by NICE and the NHS.

Guy’s passion is not only to work with athletes but also to improve peoples quality of life, helping with Parkinson’s, stroke, arthritic care and much more! Regular work with Exeter Chiefs, Olympic medalists and commonwealth athletes, Guy implements a range of techniques to ensure everyone receives the gold standard of treatment.

Contact Guy at or

For the novothor benefits to cancer patients please click the links below.

If you wish to have any referrals please contact Mary to discuss:

Please note that Guy will be at the ALCS support group on 18th September 12.30 – 1.30pm

4. Summer Flowers with Ali from Busy Bee
We are delighted to be able to offer flower arranging with Ali from Busy Bee

If you are interested in taking part please book as numbers are limited.
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.

To register your interest please click here

4.  Making A Mark Special with Christine Allison.

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

The special workshops will take place on Tuesday 26th September 1.00-3.30 Location TBC

Numbers are limited so please register your interest for one or both of these dates
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.

4. Next Steps with Sharon Thomas – Change of date
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 11th/18th/25th October & 1st/8th & 15th November.

To register your interest please click here

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

The course will run on the following dates – Wednesday 1.00-3.30pm 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.

4. “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.

(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.

Wednesday 16th August
Location: Wheelwright – Colyton
Click here to register your interest

5. ALCS Sun Awareness Day
On Sunday 20th August we are holding a sun safety awareness day from the ALCS beach hut, do drop by for some information, organic sun cream samples, maybe even a box of water, We will also have our ALCS banners, we do hope for good weather, so do stop by if you are free. We would love to see you.


5. Fermented Food Workshop – Monday 21st August 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.

This will be held at the Lyme Regis Football Club.

Please click here to register your interest

5. ALCS display of our work in the community & AGM

Please come and see a display of our work in the community, meet some of our volunteers and trustees, enjoy some refreshments and then stay for our AGM will which be approximately 1 hour.

Any queries please contact

Door open to view displays and data 5.30pm

AGM 7pm

At Uplyme Village Hall

5. The Hills are Alive sponsored walk

Join us for The Hills are Alive sponsored walk to raise funds for Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support.

Approximately 8 miles over 3 hills with fabulous views, expected to take around 4 hours.

£20 registration fee to include a picnic lunch and Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support walk t-shirt (pink).

If you wish to collect sponsorship – please create a localgiving fundraiser page to share with family/friends/colleagues.

Click here to sign up by 31st August.

(Please include dietary requirements and T shirt size within the additional information box when checking out)

6. 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 14th August
Monday 21st August

Please click here to book

7. 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 14th August – 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

8. Drop-in sessions for AUGUST

Monday 7th –  Lyme Regis Football Club 2-4pm
Monday 14th – Axminster Hospital Scott Rowe 2-4pm 
Monday 21st –  Lyme Regis Football Club 2-4pm
Monday 28th – Bank Holiday No Session

9. Poem – Anon

“I’m tough,” I whisper.
He nods, “I know you are.”
“I can take care of myself.”
“You have,” he says. “You still do. You
always will. I’ve just joined in, too. Now we
take care of each other.”

10. 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.

11. 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

12. 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.

If you have used the beach hut between July 2022 – July 2023 and not already completed the questionnaire we do appreciate your feedback.

The Fruit Fly Collective: ‘Parenting With Cancer’ Project – Funded by Macmillan and National Lottery, ‘Parenting With Cancer’ provides parents with a place to go to for support in the format of coaching programmes, workshops, parenting tools, coping strategies, peer to peer support, family activities and many other resources.

Everything developed has been co-designed by a team of CNSs, clinical psychologists, family therapists, cancer charity partners, parenting experts and coaches, and of course parents who have experienced a cancer diagnosis.

Visit the website.

For further information please click here to email as we have an information document

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