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Newsletter No.70 June 2024

Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support
June  2024

Hello from Mary,

It is 6 years ago this month that ALCS started around my kitchen table. I asked a very small group to help me set up ALCS to provide support locally to those affected by any cancer. Since then we have seen over 700 people come forward for different support and raised nearly £400K.

We are blessed to have an amazing team and are settling into our premises. New ideas and ways top improve are discussed regularly, and feedback is always listened to, it drives what we do.

SO if you feel you could spare a few minutes and have accessed our support please do complete the anonymous questionnaire by following this link: 

In this edition 

  1. ALCS July Events
  2. Thank you
  3. New Professional Partner
  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. July Events

Saturday 6th July – Pop-up Shop 9am-11am – CKH
Monday 8th July – Sleep Workshop 2-4pm – Lyme Regis

Reminder our drop-in is every Monday 10am-4.00pm at Cross Keys House the above talks need to be booked on via the website or register your interest via email. Lyme Regis is once a month the July session is 8th July 2-4pm Old School Rooms. You can register your interest in any workshops on the links below also.

Click here to book online
Click here to see all ALCS events

2. Thank you

Thank you -Pop-Up Charity Shop

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

We raised £352.82 – this goes to fund counselling for a client.

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

Thank you – Upyme Fete

Thank you to those who donated, purchased items from our stall

We raised £126.96 – this goes directly to support our clients and raises awareness of what we do within the local community.

Thank you – Axe Vale Show

Thank you to Scott Rowe for hosing us, and to those who purchased items from our stall or entered our Summer Draw

We raised £357.30 – to support our clients and raises awareness of what we do within the local community.

Walk to support ALCS – Raised over £1300

Thank you to Lyme Bay Nordic Walkers who walked from ALCS headquarters in Axminster to our beach hut in Lyme Regis. The route was approximately 7 miles long and involved a climb to Trinity Hill, descent through the Pinetum in Uplyme and finished along the river Lim to the sea front.  #walktosupportALCS | Localgiving

Coffee Morning Thank you – £1,140.70

Thank you to Nicola for holding a coffee morning in aid of ALCS on Friday 14th June. A  lovely write up from the event can be found at Pulman’s Weekly

Facebook Birthday Thank you

Thank you to Steve for raising money for his birthday raising £111.00

3. New Professional Partner

Emily qualified as a Sports Massage & Deep tissue therapist 25 years ago and has been practicing massage therapies ever since.

She has gained numerous qualifications in that time, including cupping therapy, pregnancy massage and nutritional therapy.

Now Emily focuses more on the holistic approach to health and the benefits of tuning in and listening to our bodies in order to feel good.

Massage therapy has many benefits, it can help relax whilst lifting your mood, improves sleep and overall wellbeing. It also helps people cope with challenging situations and can reduce stress and anxiety, whilst alleviating headaches and pain.

Everyone is different and will benefit in different ways, however

she will always tailor a treatment to an individual.


‘I do believe my shoulder knots feel lighter! Such a good massage Emily’ ~ Greta

‘You’re a diamond! Slept like a baby and feel MUCH better, thank you, thank you’ ~ Andy

‘Not known for my great use of words I thought it was important to thank ultimately Emily for the awesome job she has done at bossing and keeping my back I check over the last year or so. Emily has simply been an awesome therapist and ambassador for you’ ~ Chris G

Emily lives in Lyme Regis with her 2 young children. Her passions are sea swimming, breath work, fitness, the outdoors and adventures with her little people.

You can contact Emily on – 07701 302711, email: or via her Instagram @south_coast_therapies

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

4. Recommended Reading

Yoga for Cancer by Vicky Fox

Thank you to Professional Partner Nadiya Wynn for kindly donating the book for our library.

Victoria (Vicky) Fox, BSc is a Senior Yoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer (Yoga Alliance) and has been teaching yoga specifically to people diagnosed with cancer since 2013. She teaches at yoga, daily encountering the need for help with cancer/treatment side effects, and runs training for fellow yoga teachers to do similar. She has worked for Leaders in Oncology Care, Bowel Cancer UK, Paul’s Cancer Support Centre, Future Dreams, Ovarian Cancer, Perci Health, Royal Marsden, Lymphoedema Network and also teaches one-to-one. In addition, she teaches anatomy on various teacher training courses.

‘Vicky’s positivity and absolutely fabulous classes have been a godsend to me. I thought it was medication and supplements that would help me on my healing journey, but actually it has been the mind body connection that has been the most powerful.’ A 2021 cancer patient

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 one a month.

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 or you could consider a donation to one of our supporters fundraisers. Just click the link below and follow the instructions.

How to get involved with fundraising via Easyfundraising
Instagram & Facebook

Prospect House Open Gardens
Sunday 14th July 2pm-5pm – Live Jazz – Sarah Randle, Pimms & plant stalls, cream teas £6.00 entrance – in aid of Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support.

Come join us for a lovely morning supporting two amazing charities, Breast Cancer Now & Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support .
Cuppa coffee or tea & cake for £2 (savoury options, & GF).
We have a fabulous raffle, £1 a ticket.

Swimming the channel for ALCS
4 ordinary ladies, some of whom have delt with major health issues, are taking on the challenge of a lifetime. We will be swimming the channel at the end of July 2024 to raise money for our chosen charities. I have chosen Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support because, when my daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 21 last year, they not only provided support for her, but also for the family. It is devesatating to be told that you, or someone you love has cancer, and the support that I was given was invaluable. The swimming team decided on the name “The Dorset Full Monties” because, like the film, we don’t have much of a clue about what we’re doing, but WE WILL DO IT anyway! With our regular meeting and training we are becoming stronger and more determined all the time. It has proved to be a huge learning curve with all the organisation involved, but we were ready and willing to learn to achieve our dream. Swimming the channel for ALCS | Localgiving or Justgiving.

Axe Valley Bike & Trike Nights in Matt’s Memory
Calling all crafters. At this years Axe Valley Bike and Trike Nights. In Matts Memory. 2024 Bike show on Sunday 25th August at The Old Inn, Kilmington we are hopefully holding a craft show/fair in the skittle alley.
Tables will be £10 each with monies going to the two designated charities Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support and Arc.
Please let me know if you are interested

Donate Now
Summer Draw – Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support

1st Prize – One week in pretty holiday cottage.
One week holiday at Fernbank Cottage – a charming and characterful 1750’s, three bedroom cottage in the heart of Felpham Village, West Sussex, which sits within a short walk to the beach.
Full property details

2nd Prize – Stylish Brompton folding bicycle
Nearly new and fully serviced Brompton folding bicycle. With the Brompton 3-part fold system, effortlessly collapse the bike in just 20 seconds, turning it into a compact, easy-to-carry accessory.

3rd Prize – a day at the Beach Hut
Enjoy a day at our lovely beach hut on Marine Parade, Lyme Regis.

  • Tickets are £5 each – all proceeds go towards supporting our clients
  • To participate, purchase your ticket here or purchase a physical draw ticket from Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support volunteers/supporters.
  • Employees of Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support are not eligible to enter the draw.
  • Draw will be made at the Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support Open Day & AGM at 6.30pm, 4 September 2024 at Uplyme Village Hall. The winners will be selected at random and winners notified by telephone or email.

Good luck and thank you for your support!

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