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Colostomy Day – 7th October 2017

Whether it be a colostomy, Ileostomy or urostomy, the fact is stoma surgery saves and improves lives. People with stomas work, play, have children, raise families and run marathons, but still there is a stigma attached to  having one. We need to change this. Let’s celebrate how super stomas are! Click on the Colostomy Association’s logo find out more.

For our part C-Side are also supporting the Colostomy Association message by holding a “Cocktails & Mocktails” event at St. Margaret’s Cottage on the 7th October from 6.00 to 9.00 p.m. Click on the drink for more information. Please come along, all are welcome.

Sussex Peer Evaluator

Exciting New Volunteer Opportunity

Are you a person affected by cancer with good listening and communication skills? Could you use your experience to carry out interviews with your peers? You’ll be helping us to gain a better understanding of people’s needs, so that we can work together to develop the right support and information so that no one in Sussex faces cancer alone.

You need to be 18 years old or over to apply for this opportunity.

You can download the Role Description and a list of FAQ’s from here.

What we’re looking for

  • Able to observe and assess situations objectively
  • Excellent listener and clear communicator
  • Good written and summarising skills
  • Able to work independently with guidance and support
  • Patient, flexible and reliable.

What you can gain from this opportunity

  • Join an enthusiastic team of people who want to make a difference, just like you
  • Meet and work with new people in your community
  • Develop your organisational, IT and communication skills, enhancing your CV
  • Enjoy a rewarding experience making a difference to people affected by cancer
  • Receive an induction, relevant training, and support from our staff

How to apply

You can apply for this role online via the Macmillan Volunteer Village

Or contact: 

Elizabeth Stickney 
Phone: 07764503475 

Cancer and the Cost of Travel Insurance

In its own words the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is “the conduct regulator for 56,000 financial services firms and financial markets in the UK and the prudential regulator for over 18,000 of those firms”.

On 21st July this year the FCA issued a “Call for Input” paper requesting views on “the challenges firms face in providing travel insurance for consumers who have, or have had cancer, together with the rationale for pricing differentiations in quoted premiums.” The FCA are asking for input, by 15th September, note the date, from both the industry providers (i.e. insurance companies and their big-hitting lobbyist organisations) and from consumers (i.e. cancer patients and their support organisations). The industry employs the likes of the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the British Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA) to represent them. Consumers have only themselves, support organisations and charities such as Macmillan to put the case for cancer patients.

With all this in mind click on the above FCA logo or click  here to see the contents of the “Call for Input: Access to Insurance” paper.

Sometimes the document feels a little like a “template” built to serve any number of issues involving any financial institution or industry for which the FCA has a regulatory responsibility; the “consumer” could be any individual or group for which fairness and transparency of access to financial products is the major concern.  

However, there is specific mention of organisations (besides Macmillan) that seem to have long recognised that all is far from well (being neither fair nor transparent) in the travel insurance business world and in their treatment of people coping with cancer and other long-term health conditions. Mention is made of Bought By Many, a campaigning organisation which seeks to multiply the power of the individual by forming collective groups of insurance consumers. The other is Travel Insurance Facilities Group an organisation which aims to provide more customised travel insurance proposals than do those companies that rely exclusively on the use of on-line automated logarithm techniques, which make little allowance for the circumstance of the individual.

Salmonella can help fight cancer, scientists discover …

Salmonella, the common food poisoning bug, can help fight cancer, according to scientists.
The bacteria can infiltrate tumours and allow the body’s immune system to target cancer cells.
To read more about this fascinating research being conducted in South Korea, just click on the image shown on the left.

Closer to home, scientists at Swansea University School of Medicine have also reported successful treatment of tumours using a modified strain of Salmonella.
An indication of the merit of this work is that Cancer Research UK is helping support it with a grant of £200,000. Click on the image to the right to learn more.

There is more information out there concerning this developing line of research, for instance you could also follow this link from the United States. It would be wrong to suggest that a cancer panacea has been found or that chemotherapy will become obsolete in the near future; but it is good to know that there are so many research organisations are working along such similar lines.


Ever wondered what Cancer Research UK Science Labs do?

… or What Relay For Life is about?





Relay For Life Eastbourne 2017 is hosting an event to celebrate the launch of their 2017 event.
In the first two years, Eastbourne Relay (Licensed by Cancer Research UK) has raised over £70,000 and is hoping to achieve £100,000 by the end of this year.  There will be a chance for people to take a virtual tour of one of their science labs with an audio tutorial. You will need to book for the tour as numbers will be limited due to time constraints.
The event is to be held at the Saffrons Sports Club Compton Place Road
Eastbourne BN21 1EA
at 7.00 p.m. on Thursday 23 February 2017.  There will also be a quiz (£4 suggested donation), to include a light supper, and an explanation of where the money is spent in Sussex.
Louise Wardle Local Fundraising Manager at Cancer Research UK, said “Relay For Life Eastbourne is calling on teams to register now and lead their teams to fundraising success. Entry this year is free, and it is a fantastic way to work together with friends, colleagues, or families to help stamp out this disease.
Cancer Research UK is reliant on the generosity of volunteers such as the Relay For Life Eastbourne Committee and its registered teams and sponsors to be able to fund our life-saving research into over 200 types of cancer, and I’d like to thank everyone involved for supporting this inspirational family event”.
Janet Geering the volunteer Event Chair said “we welcome our returning teams this year, and also hope that many more teams will enter”. Relay For Life is the largest fundraiser for cancer research in the world, and CRUK’s collaborative working with other countries brings us one step further in fighting this disease.  There have been some encouraging break throughs in treatment.  Eastbourne Relay is proud to play a part of this.  If you have been effected by Cancer in anyway, and want to do something to create more survivors, please come along for a chat.  Janet can be contacted on 07983 672332.

To find out more visit CRUK.ORG/RELAY or