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Newsletter No.67 March 2024

Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support
March 2024

March has been an incredibly busy month here at ALCS. Mary has been busy with many new clients and radio interviews! Our creative classes at Cross Keys House and the Boat Building Academy have been really well attended and the feedback is very positive, it feels like being creative really does make a difference when dealing with the impact of cancer.

Its been so lovely to see just a glimmer of spring here and there. There have been rare spottings of sunshine, very much need. Our attention turns to our fundraising activities which we hope you will fully support including our upcoming quiz (22 May) and Pop-up Charity Shop (6 April).

We wish you a very happy Easter and hope you enjoy the long weekend. Please note there is no drop-in on Easter Monday.

In this edition 

  1. ALCS April Events
  2. Thank you
  3. ALCS  May & June Events
  4. Recommended Reading/Website
  5. Beach Hut
  6. Connect with us (shop, donate, hut)
Please click on the social tiles below to be taken to the website for more information or contact us should you be unable to access.

1. April Events

2. Thank you

Thank you
Scott Rowe

Your support in 2023 raising an amazing £5,305 which will make such a huge difference to our clients.
We look forward to working with you again in 2024.

Thank you
Lyme Regis Golf Club

Lyme Regis Golf Club’s outgoing Lady Captain, Rosemary Shepherd, presented us with £1,200 donation following fundraising activities during her captaincy.  This donation is much appreciated and will go towards supporting our clients.

Thank you
The Woodroffe School

Thank you to the Student Council at
The Woodroffe School.

Through their enterprise initiative, they organised a Spring Fete to raise money for the charity.
A huge £570 was raised.

Thank you –
Our first Pop-Up Charity Shop

Thank you to those or donated or attended our first pop-up charity shop.

We raised £350.00 – this goes to fund counselling for a client.

Our next pop-up Charity Shop is
Saturday 6 April, 9-11 am

3. May and June Events

4. Recommended Reading

Essex and Suffolk hospitals introduce new therapy for cancer patients – BBC News


Cancer patients at a hospital trust have started using light therapy to help them with side effects caused by chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Head and neck cancer patients have been offered photobiomodulation treatment (PBM) at the East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT).

The initiative has been set out to prevent or treat oral mucositis, which can occur when cancer treatments have damaged the lining of their mouths.

Jenny Gale, radiotherapy sister at Colchester hospital, said: “Evidence shows patients need less pain relief when they’ve had PBM, and they generally cope with their treatment better.”

PBM has been offered to head and neck cancer patients who have had radiotherapy at Colchester and Ipswich hospitals.

The treatment is used by applying infrared light to tissue and it is able to reduce inflammation and improve healing.

Glenn Martin and Tony Bell were among the first patients to have PBM at Colchester.

Mr Bell, who has tongue cancer, receives radiotherapy once a day and chemotherapy once a week.

Regarding the light therapy, he said: “It was a breeze. I’m grateful to be able to have it.

“I’ve had a very sore mouth, so much so that I’ve been liquid feeding. The worst thing is that [treatment] cripples your taste buds.”

This is available via referal from Guy Sweetland Professional Partner more information can be found here.

5. Beach Hut

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 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.

6. Connect with us (shop, online, donate)

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.

We also have a  little shop ‘The Nook’ at Cross Keys House with a selection of good quality reasonably priced items, where all profit goes directly to support local people affected by cancer. Please bring any donations to Cross Keys House for our Nook or Pop-Up Charity Shop we have another in May.

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
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