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Message Keeping you connected with Wessex Cancer Trust

Winter 2018

Read the impact you’ve helped us achieve

Get seasonal support from Lucy

Learn how to make Christmas crafts


It’s been a fun couple of months, as I’ve enjoyed the Halloween Monster Dash with my children, and failed miserably in the annual Big Quiz. Thousands of people have enjoyed our events this year, showing real commitment to supporting others in their local community. This year we expect to help well over 10,000 people in Wessex who have been affected by cancer. Our support centres are always busy, offering one to one support and a great range of group activities. Most recently, we have been hosting art therapy courses, as well as nutrition, exercise and peer support. Our involvement in the world-leading WesFit research continues, which aims to mentally and physically prepare people for major cancer surgery. Our goal is to help people cope with their treatment and get their lives back on track afterwards. As well as funding from our shops and events, much of what we achieve is thanks to our volunteers, who will give around 50,000 hours of time in 2018. Together with our committed staff, our volunteers are driven by their desire to help others, as well as really enjoying being a part of Wessex Cancer Trust and its work. We are always keen to welcome more people to the team, so if you have a good listening ear, are great at sales patter, or have strong administration skills, get in touch. So what’s coming up? Well there‘s the opportunity to start the new year with a little bit more money in your pocket. Please take part in our Christmas Raffle. As well as being in with a chance of a cash prize or other goodies, you will know that you are investing in our cancer support work for 2019 and beyond. We have some exciting plans for next year, so stay in touch to find out how you can be involved.

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Big Christmas Raffle

Page 4-5 Our Impact

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My Wessex Way

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Seasonal Support

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Christmas Crafting

Page 10 & 11 Matt’s Story

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Summer with Wessex

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Corporate News

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2019 dates for your diary

This newsletter is produced twice a year and is sent to over 4,000 supporters. If you have any comments, we would very much like to hear from you. If you would prefer to receive the newsletter by email or not receive it at all, please either email, telephone or write to us using the details below. Wessex Cancer Trust, 91-95 Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, SO53 2GG Phone: 023 8067 2200 Email: Wessex Cancer Trust is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Charity Registration No. 1110216. Company No. 5416311


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BIG £1 CHRISTMAS RAFFLE £500 cash for 2018 Christmas kindly Tickets

1st Prize

sponsored by Wilkins Kennedy 2nd Prize

£250 cash kindly sponsored by Paris Smith 3rd Prize

£150 cash kindly sponsored by Winchester Motor Company 4th Prize

£50 cash card kindly donated by Sainsbury’s Burgess Road

Closing date: 14th December 2018 Draw date: 18th December 2018 Buy your tickets online: xmasraffle

5th Prize

Storm Force® 20v cordless hammer drill kindly donated by Draper Tools

Plus 15 family day out passes! Winchester Motor Company

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Charity Reg Number: 1110216

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Inside Wessex

Our Year In


Community is what we are all about at Wessex Cancer Trust – we put services in local communities so people affected by cancer have somewhere to go at a time when they most need support. Last year we reached more local people affected by cancer than ever before. Our local support services have supported over 11,000 people and our amazing volunteers have donated over 48,000 hours to making a difference. A diagnosis can be a shock and have a huge impact on the entire family. That’s why we’re committed to providing free support for anyone affected by cancer for as long as they need us. Our six cancer support centres are safe places for people to receive the emotional, practical and physical support they need. We provide health and wellbeing information, exercise programmes and courses to help people live well with their cancer diagnosis. From coffee mornings to craft groups and mindfulness classes, people come together to meet people who understand what they are going through. We’re proud that our centres are a safe community for anyone affected by cancer. We also provide outreach counselling and therapies in hospitals across the region, alongside transport services for patients travelling from the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands. Whilst in 2019 there is much more work to be done, we are proud to say last year we reached more local people affected by cancer than ever before. Thank you to everyone that makes our vital work possible.


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supported in Wessex in 2017

Adults and children supported in our Centres


hours of Counselling

20,000 Passenger journeys

Hours of volunteer work




Choir singers in our Sing for Life Groups


Different Support Groups


Patient Folders in local hospitals

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hours of Complementary Therapies

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My Place

My Pace

Virtually walk the 165 miles of the Great Wessex Way and kick start your 2019!

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Sign up for your place Walk 165 miles this January and log your steps


Fundraise and help support local families affected by cancer Registration: ÂŁ5 Sponsorship Goal: ÂŁ100 To sign up please visit:


Seasonal Support

“Simply being with people who care about you is a gift, both to them and to yourself.” Lucy, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017 shares her tips for coping over the festive period.

While Christmas typically is a time of happiness and a chance to get together with friends and family, it can also be a stressful and difficult time. This can become particularly true if you have cancer. However, with the help of some simple tips, you can still make the most of the festive period.

Listen to your body Gauge your physical limits to give yourself time to rest and to manage your energy. Tiredness can be a problem during and after cancer treatment. Try to rest when you need to, and don’t feel embarrassed. Having visitors or going to see people can be very tiring but friends and family will understand. Having a rest in the middle of the morning may help you to cope with the busier times during the day, such as Christmas lunch. If you’re invited to parties, it might help to only go for a short time and remember it’s ok to say no if you don’t feel up to it.

Communicate Talk with friends and family members a few days before you see them. Let them know how you are feeling and that you would like their understanding. Since it is likely that not everyone you know will respond the same way, spend a moment to consider how much you want to share with each person.

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Plan ahead Don’t hesitate to ask for what you need. Most often family and friends want to help, but they may not know how, or what to say. They may be relieved if you reach out to them to let them know what will make you feel comfortable. Create a list of tasks that you can ask others to do for you.

Remember what’s important Holiday traditions are important, but that doesn’t mean altering them is bad—if you aren’t able to do exactly what you have done in the past, there is nothing wrong with starting new traditions. And while gifts are nice, it is the sentiment behind them that is most memorable. Simply being with people who care about you is a gift, both to them and to yourself.

Don’t forget ‘me’ time When you’re feeling stressed, it’s hard to stay emotionally and physically healthy. In order to keep yourself feeling top-notch, you should incorporate exercise, healthy eating and proper sleep into your holiday routine this year. And to lift your spirits, try watching your favourite movie, going outside for some fresh air or playing some seasonal music.

Our Support Centres are here for anyone affected by cancer. Visit to find your closest Centre.

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The Conversation



There’s something about crafting and making art that is very calming. The repetitive clacking of knitting needles. The calming motion of a paintbrush as it glides across a page. Creativity is a great outlet for life’s stressors since it distracts you from stress without requiring too much thought and effort. Many of our Support Centres hold art therapy sessions as well as having their own crafting support groups. We’ve teamed up with a local sewing school to create a craft for you to do in the comfort of your own home. Meet Sophia and her team from ‘Sew Jessalli’, a new Sewing School based in Blandford Forum, Dorset. They have designed a simple Christmas decoration you can tailor to your own colour scheme.

You will need

• 3 pieces of Green Felt (20cm each) • 1 piece of Brown Felt (3cm)

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20cm piece of Ribbon Scissors Needle (or a sewing machine) Matching sewing thread

Step 1

Cut out three identical tree shapes from green felt. Then cut out a small rectangle from brown felt - this will become the trunk.

Step 2

Sew a ribbon loop to the top of one of your tree shapes. Then sew the trunk shape to the same piece at the bottom.


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Step 3

Lay another tree on top of the ribbon and trunk piece, sew a straight line along the edge on ONE side only. Sew close to the edge, take care when turning on the points.

Step 4

Next lift up the sewn tree and lay your third tree in between. Pin this tree to the second tree and repeat the edge sewing.

Step 5

Lastly join the remaining open side. It sometimes helps to pin other tree sides out of the way. And your 3D tree is ready for hanging! Why not add beads or small buttons to your tree for decorations. You could even do multi coloured trees, or make them to match your festive colour scheme.

Sophia says, “We want to give everyone the chance to perfect their crafting skills in a bright, fun, creative environment. We run sewing and craft classes for all ages. Plus we have daily craft clubs everyday of the week! From Knit & Natter to After School Sewing Clubs there’s something for everyone. Visit Sew Jessalli’s website for more details on craft groups or pop in and see their new creative space!

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Christmas Appeal



Matt was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2017, six weeks before Christmas. With the festive season looming, having lost his mum to cancer the year before and with four children at home, he and his wife Vicky called on the support of Wessex Cancer Trust as soon as they could. Here, he shares his story of how the family approached what can already be a stressful time of year, and how they feel about this Christmas. “Receiving a cancer diagnosis isn’t easy, even when you’re told it’s beatable. Receiving it almost a year to the day after your mum received her terminal diagnosis makes it harder. Factor in that it’s six weeks before Christmas and you have four children at home and it can be hard to believe that life is good. But that’s what happened and we had a choice; let it dominate everything and sour the season, or do our best to make sure it was only a side issue. Somehow, that’s what Vicky and I managed to do. Firstly, I was off work, so I was around to spend more time with the kids. We decided to make Christmas extra special, even when I had to spend time in hospital. The Elf-on-a-shelf visited every day during December, always with a little message and present for the family to enjoy. We had some special breakfasts – pancakes and bacon or croissants, and made sure the dinner table was nicely decorated each time.

“We decided to make Christmas extra special, even when I had to spend time in hospital.”

Back at home, everything we did as parents was designed to create a bit of excitement, to build anticipation and lift the mood, even if we didn’t always feel like it. Knowing my first treatment would be before Christmas was on one hand a relief, but not knowing how I would react made me apprehensive. Would Christmas day be spent feeling lousy and sick? We did our shopping as early as we could and tried to be more organised than ever before. With chemotherapy looming, we called on Wessex Cancer Trust at the earliest opportunity. Their support was invaluable. It kept us grounded and reassured us that the way we were dealing with things was the best way forward. Counselling helped Vicky and my son develop some coping strategies. We did some family group therapies which helped us understand each other a little better. We accessed the complementary therapies on offer. I came to relish the opportunities to have an hour away from the ‘real’ world and its pressures, which really helped. In the end, my initial treatment passed smoothly and I felt ok. For me, Christmas was spent immersing myself in the children’s enjoyment. I wanted this moment to last and make sure that I was part of it all. For Vicky, it was harder. She was all too aware that for the second year running, cancer was present in our household. She watched, unsure if playing with the kids was too much for me and if I needed rescuing. There was the possibility that this could be our last Christmas together and ultimately there was no way around that. Thinking positively is great, but we knew we had to be realistic, too. We got through Christmas with a lot of determination and with a focus on the children being shielded as much as possible. They had a good time, and we were proud of that.

“For me, Christmas was spent immersing myself in the children’s enjoyment. I wanted this moment to last and make sure that I was part of it all.”


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Although my cancer treatment is over, its legacy hangs over us as we approach this Christmas. Bouncing my thoughts off an independent and objective person has kept me sane and that for me is the biggest service Wessex Cancer Trust performs – keeping everything real and understandable, and preventing fears and anxieties spiralling out of control. Knowing they are always there for as long as we need it – and not just at Christmas – is comforting, and with check-ups on the horizon I imagine another cuppa and chat soon. I think the build-up to Christmas will be tainted by the events of the past two years, and I don’t know whether my wife and I will ever feel completely relaxed about it, but we will be brave for the children and make sure this festive season has only good associations. That’s the most important thing.” Image - Matt and family at his daughters wedding .

This Christmas, you can bring hope to the thousands of local people currently living with cancer and their families. We know everyone experiences cancer in a different way. Thats why we are commited to helping everyone affected by cancer by having a community to be part of. By donating today you’ll allow us to continue our support for families like Matt’s.

Online: at Text: TWCT18 £10 to 70070 Call: 023 8067 2200


Can buy an educational book to help a child understand their feelings this Christmas

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Will provide a free counselling session for someone needing support through the festive period


Can provide two therapy sessions to help someone manage their pain

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A Summer of Events Walk for Hope raises over £48,000 in its second year! Taking place in the beautiful New Forest in June, our second annual Walk for Hope event was a wonderful day of celebration, remembrance, fun and endurance. Over 270 people completed a 10 mile or 20 mile route setting off from the gorgeous Burley Park in the sunshine. “What a memorable day in so many ways, it was fantastic to walk, talk and get to meet so many faces from Facebook posts! We loved every minute, and such a beautiful route chosen through the forest.” Rachel Salter The £48,000+ raised from this event will help provide vital support to local families affected by cancer. Join us for next year’s event on Sunday 9th June 2019. We have added a new 5 mile option to go with our 10 and 20 mile revamped routes. Registration is now open online with early bird discounts available.

“Fantastic day, absolutely loved it. Can’t wait for next year!”


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The Island gets colourful for the first time! Tackling ten giant inflatables and five crazy colour clouds, a thousand people bounced their way through our first Inflatable Rainbow Run on August 5th. The Isle of Wight event sold out in its first year, raising more than £30,000 for our Building for the Future appeal to create a new Cancer Wellbeing Centre for the Island. It was supported by a number of local businesses and groups, including headline sponsors W. H. Brading and Son Ltd, as well as Wight FIT and IW Radio, who hosted the warm-up stage on the day. Rainbow runners took part in one of four waves and there was also a competitive Corporate Cup wave where Island businesses went head to head, with a team from Morrisons being crowned champions. Community Engagement Manager Lorraine White said: “This event exceeded our expectations in every way. To have sold out in our first year, with 1,000 people taking part, and to have raised more than £30,000 for the appeal is just phenomenal. “The event was the first of its kind on the Island and everyone wanted to be a part of it. “It was a day full of sunshine and smiles and the feedback we’ve had couldn’t have been better. We’re really looking forward to doing it all over again next year.”

“Such a brilliantly colourful day! The obstacles were so much fun.”

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Corporate News

Bournemouth Air Festival Headline sponsor Quostar joined other companies and their guests from across the south to attend our annual Air Festival Hospitality Event which raised over £11,000 for local people affected by cancer. Guests enjoyed a Pimms upon arrival, a delicious three course lunch, cheese and biscuits in the afternoon and the delights of magician James Brown. This was all in addition to the fantastic displays from a range of jets, including the famous Red Arrows. QuoStar’s Managing Director, James Stelfox, said -

“It was fantastic to once again sponsor Wessex Cancer Trust’s hospitality day. The charity does a wonderful job of organising the event, and guests always say how enjoyable the day is. It was a pleasure to spend the afternoon with a range of local companies enjoying the Bournemouth Air Festival, whilst having the opportunity to raise vital funds for a charity which does so much fantastic work for the local community.” Next year’s hospitality day will take place on 30 August 2019. To book your table please email

Hiller Garden Centres A huge thank you to the amazing team at Hillier who completed a 15,000ft skydive and raised almost £3,500. This is the latest challenge in almost two years of fundraising from the Hiller Garden Centre work force. Since the partnership began in late 2016, staff have walked, run, jumped and baked their way to raising thousands for local people. Head of Development, Sofie Bennett, said -

“We really could not continue to provide our vital cancer support services without the support of companies like Hiller. We are so grateful for all of the staff and Hiller customers who have supported Wessex Cancer Trust over the past two years.” Over the partnership, Hiller have also helped raise awareness of our services, making us part of their award winning Chelsea Garden Show in 2017 and 2018 for which we are extremely grateful. This summer, along with their suppliers, they also transformed the garden of two year old Seb and his family into a beautiful space they will enjoy for many years to come, showing just what an impact that our partnership has made. Thank you Hiller Garden Centres!


For more information on charity partnerships, please email

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2019 Events

Flagship Events

Perfect for Family Fun

Cakes4Cancer 6-12 May 2019, Your home or workplace Whether you bake it or fake it, just make it!

Superhero Run 12 May 2019 Fun filled family 3km inflatable run

Walk for Hope 9 June 2019, New Forest 5, 10 or 20 mile sponsored walk

Monster Dash 25 October 2019, Winchester Spooktacular inflatable 3km obstacle course

Perfect for Hospitality & Networking

Perfect for Running

The Big Quiz Spring 2019, Hampshire & Dorset Enjoy our Big Quiz night in either county

ABP Southampton 5 May 2019, Southampton

You Are The Media conference 23 May 2019, Bournemouth Wessex Cancer Trust are proud to be the supported charity Bournemouth Air Festival 30 August 2019, Bournemouth Join us at Key West Restaurant for a unique hospitality day

Perfect for Thrillseekers Dare to Drop You choose your date, Salisbury Take on a 10,000 ft skydive and do something amazing in 2019

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Great South Run 20 October 2019, Portsmouth Bournemouth Marathon 6 October 2019, Bournemouth London Marathon 2020 Join our London Marathon team in 2020

Dorset Plane Pull 26 August 2019, Dorset In your team of 20, pull a 35,000kg Boeing 737 Fire Walk 5 November 2019, Poole Take on the challenge of stepping out on to hot coals

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Headline Sponsor

9 June 2019 Celebrate those who have survived, inspire those recently diagnosed and support local families in your community A sponsored walk taking place in the New Forest National Park, Burley on Sunday 9th June 2019 Choose from 5 mile, 10 mile or 20 mile route

Early Bird Registration Under 16’s: £10 Individual: £20 A team of 4: £70 Dogs: £4

Sponsorship Goal £200 per person

Register online -

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