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The newsletter of Ayrshire Cancer Support Issue 1 Spring 2018 INSIDE:

Ayr Racecourse Confirms Charity Partnership NHS Supports Complementary Therapies Living with Cancer: One Year On

Ayrshire Cancer Support, 5 Dundonald Road, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, KA1 1EQ Ayrshire Cancer Support, 22 Wellington Square, Ayr, KA7 1EZ Charity Number: SC016098

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Welcome to our new-look magazine. We hope you like it.

As Ayrshire’s leading cancer charity, we have redesigned our newsletter to better reflect the professionalism of our services. Ayrshire Cancer Support provides more services than any other cancer charity in Ayrshire – and our numbers are growing. In the past three months alone we have organised more than 4,500 patient transport journeys, 90% of which were to Glasgow hospitals. This has increased in recent months by 50%. These journeys can be a lifeline to people who have been diagnosed with cancer, and either through costs or having no other means of transport, would be unable to get to hospital for vital treatment. Without this service, many people could not consider the treatment options available to them. During the same time-period our therapeutic services have delivered over 300 counselling sessions to people affected by cancer – be that a young person who has a parent diagnosed with cancer, or someone directly affected. Our complementary therapists have undertaken hundreds of treatments to help reduce symptoms of people affected by cancer – perhaps anxiety, muscular or neuropathic pain.


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This has been possible due to the donations of individuals, companies, bequests and trusts. As with every other charity in the UK, the reliance on funding from people living in the community is more crucial than ever. To continue to carry out our work we need to raise £2,250 EVERY DAY! Thank you to each and every one of you who help us get there – either through giving your time as a volunteer, organising an event, taking part in a campaign or spreading the word about our good work.

This issue of our magazine tells you all about the latest developments in our services, some of the people who go that extra mile to contribute to our services, and introduces you to some of Ayrshire Cancer Support’s team who work on your behalf. It also provides further information about how you can help support your local cancer charity.

Should you wish to use any of our services either now or in the future, the first step is to call 01563 538008 and your call will be directed to the appropriate team. Don’t forget, we’re here to help.

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What’s Inside?

Complementing Your Cancer Journey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .04

Spotlight on Nancy McCance, Complementary Therapist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .05 Would Counselling Help Me? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .06

Eddy Gemmell Talks About His Cancer Journey: One Year On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .07 Dropping in to Our Centres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .08 Forthcoming Therapeutic Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .09

Patient Transport – Behind the Scenes . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Ayrshire Cancer Support is Volunteer Friendly! . . . . . . .12

Event and Fundraising Volunteers – Our Unsung Heroes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Shop Volunteering – Spotlight on Ayr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 New Volunteer Fundraising Committee Looking for Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

What Your Money Pays For . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Donation Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16

Fundraising Campaigns for 2018 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Challenge Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Forthcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Corporate Partnerships Brochure Launched . . . . . . . . . .20 Ayr Racecourse Signs Up as Newest Charity Partner . . .21 Digby Brown Solicitors Ayr Commit to a Second Year . . .21

Co-op Choose Ayrshire Cancer Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Delivery Driver Gordon Hamilton & His Bugbears . . . . .22

Shopping for Good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Shop Local, Support Local . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

Fundraising Round-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26-27

Why Gifts in Wills Make a Lasting Difference . . . . . . . . .14


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complementing Your cancer Journey

By Louise Graham, cancer Nurse Manager

I’m delighted to announce that the NHS Ayrshire and Arran Cancer Endowment Fund has partly funded our range of complementary therapies. We aim to ensure our services provide a holistic, person centred approach which will compliment existing health and social care services in Ayrshire. We provide emotional support and practical help to anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis focusing on what’s important to the individual - whether it be building confidence, self-management or providing a safe place to talk. Cancer Research UK state cancer survival rates are expected to rise to 75% by 2035, therefore a focus on health and well-being is vital. The range of complementary and therapeutic services which we provide includes: hypnotherapy, reiki, reiki training, reflexology, massage, aromatherapy, facial reflexology, Indian head massage,

foot clinic, relaxation classes, relaxation therapy, counselling, mindfulness, and support groups.

These services help to ensure that your cancer experience is supported and your side effects are minimised, while the stress and anxiety which accompanies many treatments are reduced. Complementary therapies can have many benefits which

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include improved psychological and emotional well-being, but they can also improve symptoms related to cancer treatments.

To access our Free complementary therapy service, call 01563 538008 to arrange an appointment.

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Spotlight on Nancy Mccance, complementary therapist

Nancy is a practising Complementary Therapist and is a familiar face at Ayrshire Cancer Support. We asked Nancy what questions she is most frequently asked. This is what she said:

Q. What is a complementary therapy? A. Complementary therapy is used alongside, or in addition to, conventional medical treatments. People use them to boost their physical or emotional health, or to relieve symptoms or side effects. Q. What therapies could I have? A. This will depend on your specific diagnosis, its’ treatment and your medical condition. The therapist will discuss this with you and develop a treatment plan to suit you and your changing medical needs. We provide a range of therapies and will always be able to offer you something suitable.

Q. What therapy should I choose? A. When choosing a complementary therapy it can help to think about what you want to get out of it. Some therapies aim to relax you or make you feel generally better. Others may help you cope with the symptoms of cancer or the side effects of treatment.

Q. What will happen on my first visit? A. To deliver safe treatment specific to your changing needs you will be asked to fill out a short consultation form, and the therapist will discuss your treatment options. You will then have a shortened treatment session.

Q. What is the cost? A. There is no cost. It is completely free. Ayrshire Cancer Support relies on donations to allow us to provide all our services free of charge. Q. can my partner/carer access these services? A. Yes. We can provide our services to family members, partners and carers who require support. Q. How long does a treatment last? A. Normally 4/6 sessions lasting one hour.


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Would counselling Help Me?

If you want to know what counselling is and how it helps, it’s probably best to ask those who have used our counselling service. Lots of people use our counselling services in Ayr and Kilmarnock and many provide feedback.

The service has been fantastically supportive and has helped me cope as well as helped us talk as a couple. Counselling allowed me to talk through my anxiety, receive advice and develop some new strategies to cope with my fears. Without it I would not have survived this difficult time.

Clients tell us they found this form of talking therapy very helpful and that they would recommend it to others, more specifically they say counselling helps reduce stress, gives new ways of coping, improves quality of life, improves relationships, improves confidence and self-esteem which prompts a sense of control and empowerment.


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It’s easy to arrange to speak to one of our trained counsellors and it’s private and confidential. If you think counselling could help you or a member of your family, just call us on 01563 538008 to find out more.

“Counselling sessions equipped me with coping strategies for stress and anxiety and how to deal with a family member’s lack of support. They taught me how to move forward with life and not dwell in the past.”

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eddy Gemmell talks about his cancer Journey By eddy Gemmell

This time last year I was grappling with the dreadful news of being diagnosed with cancer. The fittest 63 year old who cycles everywhere and loves to rave in Ibiza? No way. But… did I really think I was that invincible?

I had been tested for cancer due to family history and got my results in January 2017 - a day that will be etched in my mind forever. My wife and I meet the nurse and I could tell by her cautious demeanour that something was amiss. “Mr Gemmell, I am sorry to say but you have been diagnosed with cancer,” she said. From that point onwards I could see my old life fritter away behind me and the unknown was looming. Since that diagnosis, I could probably describe the past twelve months as a time of phases:

pHASe ONe – SHOck. I had cancer! Dealing with that news was extremely difficult and I was distraught. I began to realise that I had this horrible disease attached to my prostate and all I wanted to do was get rid of it. For the first time my mortality was being questioned. A dark cloud began to hover above my head. pHASe tWO – cONFuSION. The summer of 2017 passed in a blur. As I approached the Autumn, people

around me noticeably changed. During conversation, whenever I mentioned I was suffering from cancer people found it difficult to converse and most people appeared to dance around the topic. This made me feel alone and isolated. The cancer began to take its grip on me mentally and physically. The fog had set in and I began to believe there was no way out of it.

pHASe tHree - GettING tO GrIpS. I was fortunate enough to stumble onto Ayrshire Cancer Support. At this stage, I was going nowhere and needed someone or something to share my inner thoughts. I plucked up the courage to arrange an appointment and I began to meet regularly with one of the counsellors who made me feel right at ease. For the first time (and this is no reflection on my family or friends) I could let my niggling, deeper issues go. At last, I was provided with the breathing space to chat about my thoughts. The onset of my radiotherapy, coupled with my counselling helped drag me out of that fog. Something was actually being done. The fight was on.

I began this journey feeling like I had lost my invincibility, but through my connection with Ayrshire Cancer Support it has oddly enough strengthened. I realise that there are two types of invincibility; one... we are never 'life invincible' as our time on earth will inevitably stop, but two… while you are living and breathing and have the spirit to take on life’s ups and downs, you have to sustain that notion of being invincible or you will never survive.

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Dropping in to our centres

By Louise Graham, cancer Nurse Manager

Our centres are open Monday-Friday, 9am-4.30pm (Friday 4.00pm).

Our kilmarnock centre has a purpose built drop in facility. No appointment is needed, you can simply drop in to see what services we have on offer, find out more about what we do or just have a cuppa and chat – there’s always plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits.

So whether you are newly diagnosed or have a family member nearing the end of treatment and you’d like to chat – please drop in to say hello. You can still drop in to our Ayr centre where a member of staff can take a referral or provide appropriate information.

Net(Neuro endocrine tumour) Natter Group

New The net natter group is a brand new group hosted by Ayrshire Cancer Support. The group is open to patients, partners, family members and friends that have been affected by a Neuroendocrine Tumour. ‘Be informed, be supported and share your concerns in a warm, friendly informal group’

upcoming date:

May 3, 2018, 1:30pm-3:30pm at the Kilmarnock Centre


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cBt Menopause Group (4 sessions):

New NHS Ayrshire & Arran and Ayrshire Cancer Support are conducting a pilot research study to evaluate the benefits of group Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for women who are experiencing treatment induced menopausal symptoms. There are some entry criteria to participate in this group. Please contact us for more information.

upcoming date:

March12, 2018, 4pm-6pm at the Kilmarnock Centre

Look Good Feel Better class (1 class):

This class will focus in how you can improve your self-confidence by making changes to your self-image. The free skin-care and make-up classes are all designed to teach you new skills and techniques to help feel better about yourself.

upcoming date:

February 23, 2018, 1pm-3pm at the Ayr Centre May 9, 2018, 1pm – 3pm at the Kilmarnock Centre

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reiki training (series of 4 classes):

Learn how to restore the natural balance in your own body with a simpliďŹ ed series of Reiki techniques. This group will help you develop your own wellness practice by helping you ease your emotions, spirit, mind, and body. Please call to register at 01563 538008.

prostate cancer Support Group (drop-in):

This group provides a space for men to be able to come together and discuss their concerns and experiences among others dealing with similar issues. This is an ongoing group, and no prearrangement or appointment is necessary.

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TBC, at the Ayr Centre 1st March 10.30-12.30, at the Kilmarnock Centre

relaxation classes:

Upcoming dates: 1st March 10.30-12.30, at the Kilmarnock Centre

Mindfulness Information Sessions:

Mindfulness is a proven technique to help cope with the cognitive and emotional issues that often accompany cancer. Our Mindfulness Group is one of our most popular courses. Come to our Information Session to see if this practice may be useful in your life. Please call to register at 01563 538008.

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Last Friday of each month, 11am12pm at the Kilmarnock Centre


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patient transport – Behind the Scenes

By Zoe Hunter, patient transport co-ordinator

This unique service is FREE to cancer patients living in Ayrshire and provides transport to over 10 hospitals for treatment and clinic appointments. We can also provide transport to our two centres in Ayr and Kilmarnock. We have 41 outstanding volunteer drivers at the moment and we are in the process of recruiting more. If you need to use our transport service, then there are a couple of options. The first would be to call 01563 538008, where we will take your contact details and a list of your appointments. Radiotherapy appointments can run for weeks; don’t worry we will go through each appointment with you one by one.

The second would be to pop in to one of our centres with your appointment letter and we can take the details from there. You may be anxious leaving your appointments in our hands but our volunteer drivers are truly inspiring. They are caring and companionate and as a team we go that extra mile to get you there.

The organisation of appointment times, hospital locations and driver availability is one of the most challenging aspects of my role. Thank goodness for Google maps! With approximately 1500 journeys to organise every month, I keep it as simple as possible by working on a day to day basis organising transport a

day ahead. This is because appointments, cancellations and driver availability can very quickly change. I work from three schedules, radiotherapy appointments, clinic appointments to any Glasgow hospital and local hospitals.

I match these with a driver availability schedule, keeping the patients as close to each other in location and as close to each other’s time as possible. Where patients are being collected from the same area, but have appointments hours apart, I can call the radiotherapy treatment rooms to try to reschedule appointment times. We always try to have three patients in our cars. The day before your appointment, a driver will call you late afternoon or early evening to let you know your pick-up time from your house. At the hospital the driver will show you where to meet them after your treatment and you can head straight

home when all the patients have met back up again.

I also respond to out-of-hours driver emergencies, where a driver, for whatever reason, is unable to complete his schedule for the next day. This rarely happens, but when it does, I would reschedule another driver.

Organising patient transport is really rewarding. The volunteer drivers make my job a whole lot easier and are a great team to work with.

If you would like to become a volunteer driver then please do not hesitate to give me a call. Similarly, if you’re considering using our patient transport services, please call us on 01563 538008 – we do everything we can to get you to your appointments.


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Ayrshire cancer Support is volunteer Friendly!

event and Fundraising volunteers – Our unsung Heroes

I started volunteering for Ayrshire cancer Support in 2016 as a volunteer Development Officer. this involves working with various people and organisations throughout Ayrshire to recruit volunteers for our many roles within Ayrshire cancer Support.

Why would you volunteer for the fundraising department? the fundraising arm of the charity is probably more important than most people realise. As a charity, if we don’t bring in the funds, we can’t deliver the services – it’s that simple.

By Jim Montgomery, volunteer Development Officer (volunteer)

While in this role, I submitted an application for the Volunteer Friendly Award, administered by Voluntary Action South Ayrshire, before taking a three month break in August 2017 due to some family commitments (all good stuff - big birthdays and Anniversaries, helping with grandchild etc.)

Volunteering with Ayrshire Cancer Support has always been a fulfilling experience and working closely with other likeminded people keeps me inspired. I am fortunate in my role to meet volunteers from all of the different functions: patient transport, retail, fundraising, and the drop in and therapy centre. Being awarded volunteer friendly status has been a great achievement for us and shows a commitment from ACS to look after and value its volunteers, and I look forward to working closely with everyone to ensure we maintain the principles of the award.

I’m currently working closely alongside our shop managers, carrying out volunteer reviews and helping with inductions and training procedures. We are tackling this one shop at a time and are almost completed in our Ayr shop – Kilmarnock next! I’m looking forward to getting out and about and meeting up with more and more volunteers in the coming months and of course if you’d like to volunteer for ACS, please do get in touch.


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By Gail Anderson, Senior community Fundraiser

A volunteers’ role within fundraising really does make a difference and even a small commitment can significantly help. Despite being a fun and creative environment in which to work, it can help you meet new people, learn new skills or provide you the opportunity to give something back because the charity has supported you through a difficult time in your life. The Fundraising team is currently recruiting an Administration Assistant(s)P/T to support our community fundraising calendar of activities and events and Community Speakers and Ambassadors, who will present a range of pre-prepared talks to community groups.

If you can make a difference please pick up the phone now and call 01563 538008 or email We’d love you to join our team.

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Shop volunteering – Spotlight on Ayr

New volunteer Fundraising committee Looking for Members

Having undergone a cool and trendy transformation, our flagship store in Ayr’s Newmarket Street is a welcoming and enticing place to volunteer.

Ayrshire cancer Support are creating a new Fundraising committee who will meet monthly, with the aim of organising additional events and helping to promote our forthcoming campaigns.

By Odette Landsburgh, retail Sales Manager

By Gail Anderson, Senior community Fundraiser

Filled with quintessential charm and tempting buys – from vintage bric-abrac and furniture to designer wear and one off items, your working day in our shop will never be boring.

Events like our Ladies Days, Annual Balls, and BBQs all need a considerable amount of organisation from a skilled and talented team of people. If you would like to be part of our Fundraising Committee, helping to organise events and helping us develop our fundraising initiatives, we would love to hear from you.

Along with learning new skills and socialising you will also be rewarded with the knowledge you are helping the people of Ayrshire living with cancer. All our profits are ploughed directly back into the charity, changing people’s lives and providing much needed services within Ayrshire.

We are particularly looking for people who have certain skills – but not necessarily in a professional capacity. Have you organised events in the community before? Can you organise press and marketing? Do you have good contacts in the community or in local business? Perhaps you’re a good public speaker or could organise and attend cheque presentations on our behalf?

We are a hardworking and friendly team in Ayr – and in all of our shops. We are linked together by the good we are doing every time we volunteer for a shift. Great people doing wonderful things together! We all have the same goal, to make money for our charity by pleasing our customers and creating an attractive shop to keep them coming back.

If you would like to sit on our fundraising committee, please get in touch.

The benefits of volunteering come from the positive attitude you have when you enjoy what you do. Learning new and creative skills such as merchandising; window dressing; customer service skills and raising awareness of the work we do, make every day different. Not to mention the detective skills you’ll acquire when you discover valuable antiques and hidden gems amidst our donations!

There’s no greater sense of satisfaction than recycling someone’s preloved goods and sending them off to a new home where they’ll be enjoyed once again. And you’re doing it all for Ayrshire Cancer Support!


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Why Gifts in Wills Make a Lasting Difference By Sandra Mccall, chief executive

Every week throughout the year we offer our supporters like you the opportunity to write, or review and update your Will for free so you can make a real and lasting difference to the people and causes that are most valuable to you.

There is no obligation at all to leave a gift to Ayrshire Cancer Support in your Will. If, after having taken care of your loved ones, you would like to leave a charitable gift too we would hope you might consider Ayrshire Cancer Support. Your gift would help us to continue providing the valuable free support services we offer throughout Ayrshire into the future – who knows, it could literally save a life.

Without the very generous legacy left to us by Mrs Keddie a few years ago we would not have our fabulous new dropin centre in Kilmarnock, which has been of great benefit to those diagnosed with cancer and to their loved ones too.

McClure Solicitors, founded in 1853, provide us with this Free Wills For Charity service all year round and an appointment can be made for you at their office, at either of our Ayr or Kilmarnock Centres or even in the comfort of your own home. McClure’s will not charge you for this service so if you do wish to make a donation for having your Will written or reviewed 100% of that donation will come to Ayrshire Cancer Support.

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Look after the people and causes that mean the most to you – it might turn out to be something amazing! To make an appointment please call McClure Solicitors directly on 0800 852 1999 or contact our office on 01563 538008 for further information.

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£50 pays for a 100 MILe JOurNeY to a life-saving hospital appointment for someone who is unable to travel alone. That person may be elderly, live alone and unable to drive or perhaps they live in a rural community with poor transport links and do not own a car. Often, their treatment is too physically demanding to cope alone.

£500 will provide bereavement cOuNSeLLING FOr 5 peOpLe who have lost a loved one due to cancer. Our counsellors also provide services to families affected by cancer as well as bereavement counselling. £1000 pays for 40 HOSpItAL vISItS, where our specialised team provides complementary treatments in a hospital setting, to hospital inpatients. £5000 will pay for a A cOMpLeMeNtArY tHerApISt to provide a range of treatments to help alleviate the symptoms of cancer. This could be massage, a proven technique which can help alleviate symptoms like neuropathy. £5000 WILL prOvIDe 140 treAtMeNtS. £10,000 will provide a WeekLY SuppOrt GrOup FOr A YeAr, to allow patients diagnosed with cancer to be supported by a trained counsellor specialising in cancer, alongside others in a similar situation. These groups take place in Ayr and Kilmarnock. £20,000 is the annual cost incurred in keepING ONe OF Our DrOp IN ceNtreS OpeN. These are open every week day and entirely free to use. They allow people affected by cancer to have a home away from home and chat with others in a similar situation. They can access help, support and information in our Ayr and Kilmarnock centres. £25,000 is urgently needed to fund a NeW pAtIeNt trANSpOrt reSpONDer pOSt which will co-ordinate our 1500 patient journeys every month. This post takes bookings from patients and arranges transport by volunteers to their hospital treatment, 90% of which takes place in Glasgow at the Beatson. This post is additional, due to the increased demand on our services, almost a 50% increase in recent months. £30,000 will provide the ServIceS OF A trAINeD cOuNSeLLOr, for one year, to work alongside people diagnosed with cancer on a one to one and intimate setting, both in our centres or at home when the client is unable to travel.

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Donation Form

Did you know you can boost your donation by 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate. Gift Aid is reclaimed by the charity from the tax you pay for the current tax year. All you have to do is tick the gift aid box.

I wish Gift Aid to apply to the enclosed donation and I confirm I will pay in this tax year an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax at least equal to the amount that all charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs to which I give will reclaim on my gifts for this tax year (25p for each £1 given). I understand that other taxes such as Council Tax and VAT do not qualify.

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We welcome all donations by cheque or credit and debit card. If paying by debit/credit card please complete the details below and funds will be debited from your account within 7 working days. Your details will be stored for safe keeping and shredded when your donation has been debited.

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Alternatively, please send a cheque, made payable to Ayrshire Cancer Support to 5 Dundonald Road, Kilmarnock, KA1 1EQ

If you choose to pay directly into our charity bank account please put your name in the reference box and let us know if your donation is eligible for Gift Aid. Bank - Clydesdale plc Sort Code - 82-65-31 Account Number - 20235814 Thank you for your generosity!

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Fundraising campaigns for 2018

New for 2018 is the introduction of some fabulously entertaining fundraising campaigns. These are annual campaigns that aim to get as many people within the community involved as possible and they have been created with you in mind! Each campaign boasts it’s own fundraising kit, to help you host and publicise your event. There’s a campaign for every age group, male and female, to get behind. So what are you waiting for? Register for your fundraising pack now and join the fun! cocktails, Mocktails & tiaras launching this Spring

Calling all Divas. Looking for an excuse to have your girlfriends round for a fun night in? Fancy hosting an event in your local cocktail bar, pub or club? Well now it’s time to get the party started with a Cocktails, Mocktails and Tiaras theme. We have a ready-made fundraising pack, with posters, hints and tips, cocktail and mocktail menus and even cut out and keep tiaras to help you plan the perfect event with your girlfriends. We’ve thought of everything, all you’ll need to do is host a perfect event.

Ice cream Fundays launching Summer 2018

This is not just for the kids in your life. We know there are some serious Ice Cream addicts out there. And here’s your excuse to exploit your addiction without feeling guilty. Join in the fun of summer and register now for this chillingly fiendish campaign to help raise funds.

Afternoon tea with a twist launching Autumn 2018

Coffee Mornings are so last year! Stepping into autumn with shorter days and colder nights, hosting an Afternoon Tea with a Twist will lift everyones spirits. There are many themes to choose from: Afternoon Tea, Cream Teas or A Mad Hatters Tea Party, whatever your plans, putting on a brew is guaranteed to bring workplaces, clubs, groups and schools together for Ayrshire’s leading cancer charity.


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Going for Gold - challenge events for 2018 By Gail Anderson – Senior community Fundraiser

Now’s a great time to sign up to a challenge event, where you will receive full support from our Ayrshire Cancer Support fundraisers, encouragement to keep you going and a really good reason to stick to your guns and complete it.

‘Every pe nn raised sta y y s in Ayrshire – to deal wit cancer in our comm h unity.’

Whether you’re an adrenalin junky or prefer a more sedate way of challenging yourself, why not make 2018 your year to do great things? Our team would love to help you achieve your dream challenge. Give us a call on 01563 538008 or email to register.

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Will you walk with us? We want you to join Ayrshire’s biggest team walking to raise funds for cancer. Whether you opt for the short walk or the full Monty – we want to make this big! Teams and individuals are already signing up – so don’t miss out! On Kiltwalk day, there will be a free return bus and after event parties (with pick-ups in Ayr and Kilmarnock) for anyone taking part in this event in aid of Ayrshire Cancer Support.

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Are you ready to fight cancer in Ayrshire? Challenge your distance and stamina, by taking part in the Edinburgh Marathon, half marathon or 5K, whilst raising funds for Ayrshire Cancer Support. To register, in the first instance, contact Ayrshire Cancer Support on 01563 538008 or email

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tOuGH MuDDer

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June, Drumclaig castle, thornhill

Experience mud at its worst. Can you challenge yourself through the mud to help fight cancer in Ayrshire? To register contact 01563 538008 or

Sunday 29th July, 10am, Irvine Beach park

Junior Football’s finest teams, walk backwards from Irvine Beach Park to Portland Park, Troon. To register email: 8-scotland

peDAL FOr ScOtLAND Sunday 9th September,

Get on your bike and pedal on Sunday 9th September, for Ayrshire Cancer Support of course. To register, call 01563 538008 or

FOrtHcOMING eveNtS Ladies Lunch: cocktails, Mocktails and tiaras extraveganza! Sunday 13th May, 12.30pm - 6pm Lochgreen House Hotel, troon tickets: table of ten £350

Cocktail on arrival, two course lunch and entertainment all afternoon.

LIMITED AVAILABILITY - BOOK NOW Set in the stunning grounds of Lochgreen House Hotel, this is a not-to-be-missed ladies day out. Tickets available on 01563 538008 or online at

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Our prestigious Ball is back in November 2018. Tables sell fast, so register your interest now.


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corporate partnerships Brochure Launched By Laura Brown, Income and Marketing Manager

I’m delighted to report that Ayrshire Cancer Support has just launched its first corporate partnership brochure. This publication is aimed at local businesses as well as national corporations who invest locally and it outlines the many benefits of a partnership with Ayrshire Cancer Support. Nine in ten consumers expect companies to not only make a profit, but also operate responsibly to address social issues, particularly in their own community. Eighty-four percent of consumers also said they seek out responsible businesses whenever possible, the majority of whom prefer partnerships to directly benefit their local community. Recognizing how important social

responsibility is to customers and employees, many companies now focus on and practice corporate social responsibility (CSR). More companies are now engaging in local charity partnerships as there is recognition that they directly benefit their employees and their families.

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By engaging employees and customers in giving back, corporations can solve big local problems and have a huge impact!

To find out more or to request a copy of our brochure call our Corporate Fundraising team on 01563 538008.

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Ayr racecourse Signs up as Newest charity partner The partnership will run for two years and during that time in addition to assisting in fundraising events the Racecourse and Western House will aim to heighten the public profile of the Ayrshire wide charity.

Sandra McCall, CEO of Ayrshire Cancer Support said : “I am thrilled to have Ayr Racecourse and Western House as our latest charity partner. Ayrshire Cancer Support relies on partnerships like this to fund our life saving work in Ayrshire. It's an honour to work alongside such prestigious businesses like Ayr Racecourse and Western House and our team is looking forward to engaging in this really exciting partnership.”

Digby Brown Solicitors Ayr commit to a Second Year

Digby Brown Solicitors in Ayr have cemented their relationship with Ayrshire Cancer Support, by choosing us for the second year running as their nominated charity partner.

The legal firm, in Ayr's Sandgate have just completed their first year where staff pulled out all the stops to raise in excess of £10,000 for the charity. Their most recent fundraiser was a Burns Supper, which with match funding from their CSR department raised £5,400 in one night. Laura Brown, Income and Marketing Manager for ACS said, “We are looking forward to supporting Digby Brown's fundraising efforts in 2018 and would like to thank all the staff who made this happen - they really are a fantastic team.”

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Already plans are underway to undertake a range of exciting fundraising and awareness initiatives at the five star venue.

co-op choose Ayrshire cancer Support

We are delighted to announce that Co-op Sandgate, Ayr and Co-op, Doonfoot have chosen Ayrshire Cancer Support as their charity for 2018. If you are a member, please choose Ayrshire Cancer Support as your nominated charity when making a purchase. Ayrshire Cancer Support will also receive a percentage of funds raised via plastic bag purchases.


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Gordon Hamilton, is the Uplift and Delivery Driver for Ayrshire Cancer Support. He’s a ‘well kent face’ about the towns and villages in which our shops are located. He has got to know many of our shop volunteers as well as our supporters who will call to arrange uplifts of household items they wish to donate to our shops. Gordon juggles uplifts and donations of goods over an area of 1,321 miles and in one year is responsible for collecting and delivering approximately 90,000 items from homes across Ayrshire.

This role is crucial to support our income and is an area we are keen to develop. We have recently opened a distribution hub at Prestwick Airport which will allow us to manage the collection and distribution of our donated items and ensure that we improve our flow of stock to those shops which have a faster turnaround. It also means we can ensure we collect more donations as we have space to store them.

We asked Gordon for his opinion on a few matters relating to his role: Q. What do you like best about your job? A. I like meeting people and building relationships with our supporters and shop volunteers. It’s great to be able to meet so many different people – many of whom really want our charity to succeed, because either they have used us in the past – or a loved one has.

Q. If you could have one wish granted, what would it be? A. That’s a good one. For someone to donate a Picasso and we could guarantee our services for years to come? No – I’d probably want an end to what I’d describe as fly-tipping. Occasionally we get people who dump old sofas, bags of rubbish and dirty beds etc. outside our shops, probably to save them taking it to the skip. This just costs the charity a lot of money – we have to pay to use the skip – so any items that we can’t sell we have to pay to dispose of and every time we do that you know that’s one less hospital journey for someone diagnosed with cancer. I don’t think they realise the implications of their actions, but it would be great if we could magically solve that problem.

Q. Why do you think people should call Ayrshire cancer Support first to donate their items? A. We uplift from anywhere in Ayrshire, free of charge. The items stay in our shops until they are sold and the money they raise is spent in Ayrshire. We are also used to dealing with many scenarios, occasionally house clearances can be challenging because someone has passed away and we treat people with Should you wish to donate household items to compassion and respect. There are a lot of charity shops on the high street that don’t actually deliver any Ayrshire Cancer Support (and meet Gordon), please contact 01563 538008 to arrange an uplift. local services in the area – but we do.


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Shopping for Good: retail Developments in Ayr and kilmarnock

Well we certainly made the headlines when we re-launched our new upcycling shop in Ayr. With press coverage from STV, Daily Record’s fashion supplement, Ayrshire Magazine and local press we seemed to hit a few right notes. The move to promote the recycling of goods became obvious in today’s environmentally friendly trading environment. Every month, more than 1,600 pieces of clothing are sold in the Ayr shop alone. That’s

1,600 garments kept out of landfill. Almost all the items are in excellent condition – the owner has simply become bored with them – which is great news for us.

We have introduced departments within the store including, Ladies, Gents, Furniture, Curios, Books and Entertainment and Children’s. We have introduced our brand in the interior of the store and have concentrated on the look and feel of the shop, making it an attractive,

card Facilities Now Live in Ayr and kilmarnock Shops

Ayr and Kilmarnock shops now have credit and debit card facilities. In a phased roll out, we will be introducing card facilities in our larger shops. Research indicates that 20% of people do not carry cash and by introducing card facilities income will rise.

ebay Store

You've tried our stores - now try our Ebay store. With stock that changes weekly, you really can grab yourself a bargain. Visit our Ebay store through our website Marjorie Millar, our dedicated Ebay seller has ensured our Ebay site has a five star review!

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Similarly, our Kilmarnock shop has followed suit, and has introduced EPOS (Electronic Point of Sale) Cash registers along with internal branding and departments.

Our volunteers have really pulled out all the stops to help make this happen and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work.





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Ayrshire Cancer Support have over 250 collection cans distributed throughout Ayrshire in local cafes, supermarkets, pubs, hairdressers – you name it – they are out and about everywhere. These cans make a significant contribution to the local services we run – but we are always looking for additional venues to place them. If you own or work in a local business that could place a can for us, please let us know. Similarly if you can spare some time to act as an agent, collecting cans in your area – we would love to hear from you.


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Fundraising roundup

Here is a very small selection of some of our fundraising heroes – actively raising funds in the community on our behalf. We do not have space to thank everyone personally – but whoever you are and whatever you did – THANK YOU! You really do make a difference.


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ACS Newsletter  

The Spring 2018 issue from Ayrshire Cancer Support. Featuring health, volunteering and fundraising news and events in Ayrshire.

ACS Newsletter  

The Spring 2018 issue from Ayrshire Cancer Support. Featuring health, volunteering and fundraising news and events in Ayrshire.