C-Side can’t meet as a group, there’s nowhere to go! But we do have a Newsletter in hand. Click on the link to download the October edition:-
Many of you reading this, either yourself or someone you know, will have been affected by colorectal cancer. Either directly or indirectly, you will have experience of the presentation of symptoms and the subsequent diagnosis and treatment of a worrying disease. You will know, but many others may not, that despite Bowel Cancer being the second biggest UK’s killer cancer it is eminently treatable and curable, especially when diagnosed at an early stage.
It is vital, then, for the general good that the public become aware of Bowel Cancer symptoms – some of the more common amongst which include:
April has been set aside nationally to educate the public and raise awareness of these symptoms. Bowel Cancer UK have taken the lead in this and have a variety of educational and awareness programmes set up for April, this link shows their strategy.
For its part C-Side (being representative of Bowel Cancer patients in the Brighton area) felt that there might be more that could be done locally. So, in association with Albion in the Community (AITC), Macmillan Horizon Centre and Bowel Cancer Screening & Colorectal Nurse Specialists from the Royal Sussex University Hospitals, we decided to present a Bowel Cancer Awareness Event here in Brighton. The management from ASDA supermarket in Hollinbury have kindly offered the use of their foyer where we (volunteers and clinical experts) will be on hand to answer questions from the general public on matter related to Bowel Cancer, with the particular objective of educating them in identifying the symptoms listed above, should they ever arise. The event, on Saturday 6th April 2019, will take place from about 10.00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Driftwood Fundraising Group is holding the 2018 trail on the weekend of 28 and 29 July. Popular gardener, Jim Buttress, will open the trail at 11am at Driftwood in Seaford on the 28 July. Click on the image to find out more on the important event taking place on our Sussex doorstep.
Now, these are all going to be fantastic and C-Side wouldn’t want to promote any particular garden – but you might want to have a look at Annelise’s poster.
On Tuesday 21st November Albion in the Community (AITC), B&H CCG, staff from BSUH, the Macmillan Horizon Centre and many more are bringing you an event where all local people living with or after cancer can find out about the wide range of support and services available to you, your family, friends and carers.
The morning is given over to all those involved in the provision of support and services where they showcase what they can offer you. The afternoon runs two concurrent streams of expert presentations which you can choose between.
Attendance at the event is entirely free and includes lunch and refreshment. The Brighton Bus Company are even offering a number of free tickets. Remember that this event is open to all those affected by cancer and in need of help and advice, this includes family, friends and carers as well as patients.
Nordic Healthwalkers Course
Limited spaces left …
Nordic Walking for Health, would like to offer you the opportunity to take up Nordic walking for the benefit of your health and well-being on a tailor-made course for people living with cancer.
A beginner course consists of four sessions, each one and a half hours long. Both the course and the specialist poles are provided free of charge to self-help/support group members living with cancer.
Session 1 – 10.30am to 12midday (Bank Holiday) Monday 29 May
Session 2 – 11am to 12.30pm Wednesday 31 May
Session 3 – 11am to 12.30pm Friday 2 June
Session 4 – 11am to 12.30pm Friday 23 June.
The Course will take place in Stanmer Park, Brighton.
This is an ideal location for Nordic walking. It is easy to get to by car, on local bus routes and near a railway station. Refreshments can be purchased in Stanmer village and toilets are available.
Once the beginner course is complete there will be the opportunity for a group to be formed, so that you can meet together on a regular basis for Nordic walks in the supportive company of like-minded people who have been through similar experiences.
How to register interest?
Limited places are now available for people living with cancer.
It is important that you are ready to take up this activity before starting a course. Once you have registered interest, you will be asked to complete a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire and, if necessary, to consult the appropriate healthcare professional for their approval before being offered a place.
To register interest and find out more:
Please contact email firstname.lastname@example.org on the subject of Nordic Healthwalking Cancer Support Group.
Carers Week is taking place from Monday 12th June and Macmillan is taking the opportunity to raise awareness of the support and information that is available to carers.
As part of this we are keen to share the experience of carers to help others who may not be aware of support available or indeed identify as carers themselves. If you are caring for somebody affected by cancer and interested in sharing your experience to help raise awareness, we would love to hear from you.
If you are interested, please do contact Charlotte Littlejones, Senior Communications Lead for the South East on email@example.com
Mobile: 07801 307031.
With kind regards
Macmillan Engagement Coordinator – South East
Telephone: 07790 015 448
Administrator for South East Service Development Team
Telephone: 01904 756 463
Address: Macmillan Cancer Support, 3 Fawcett Street, York, YO10 4AH
C-Side was delighted to be invited to attend the 28th November meeting of the Rotary Club of Seaford Martello. Ernie Milner & Denise Savage described the work we do, the way we do it and the results we hope to achieve. At the end of the discussion the club President Jackie Arkwell presented C-Side with a cheque for £150 for the purchase of design software to assist C-Side’s publicity and information programme. Denise & Ernie would like to thank Jackie, the Club secretary Dave Winsor and indeed all the members present for their warm welcome and kind attentiveness.
Building on the success of the Moving On Living Well event in July last year, plans are afoot to repeat the exercise. Remember that there are 300 new bowel & anal cancer patients who start their treatment each year, it’s important that all patients be able to benefit from what has proven to be a rich and varied source of information and advice. Feedback from last year’s attendees lead us to believe that for many the whole day event was a little on the long side and also that travel distance was, for some, an issue. So rather than have a single all-day event it has been decided to host shorter, more intimate events, repeated at the following three locations and times:-
a) 21st April at the Audrey Emerton Building, from 9.00 to 12.00
b) 10th May at the Euan Keat Education Centre, Princess Royal Hospital, from 9.00 to 12.30
c) 5th July at the new Macmillan Horizon Centre from 1.30 to 4.30 in the afternoon.
This will give delegates greater choices on location and the time of day they would like to attend. We shall be covering the same major topics as last year and are very fortunate that the same speakers, or their close colleagues, have agreed to present their subjects.
Another feature of last year’s event that met with widespread approval was the availability of C-Side patients and carers who provided the sort of help and advice that could only come from those who “have been there”. We are again calling for volunteers from C-Side to step forward to take on these vital ambassadorial roles. Since one of the venues will be the brand-new Macmillan Horizon Centre volunteers will need to be registered with them, we are currently looking at how this will be expedited.
So, please send an email if you would like to volunteer and help make Moving On Living Well – 2016 a great success.
p.s. For those who didn’t attend the event last year, there are some photos on our website; just click here