New start-ups will benefit cancer survivors
Before the event, my big worry was – would anyone turn up?
Macmillan had printed lots of lovely flyers. Friends had put these up all over the village and surroundings, and Hannah at Macmillan had sent these out to support groups all over the area. Then publicity for the big Festival in Dorchester started up, and the company putting up their posters sometimes obscured ours. It happens!
But – and this was an extraordinary consequence of organising the Day – even before we opened the doors,there were start-ups to benefit cancer survivors. Two local massage therapists decided, as there was obvious local interest, they had looked into courses. Both had decide to invest in specialist training for dealing with people recovering from cancer. Several others said they were interested in offering services tailored for survivors. So there was a lovely feeling the Day was going to be useful, even if no-one came through the doors!
Much of European cancer treatment includes massage. So here were private companies prepared to invest in the type of training that is common there, where they have a better survival rate.
- Isabelle Brough Oncology Massage – just in time, Isabelle’s Diploma qualified as an oncology massage practitioner, trained at the Middlesex School of Complementary Medicine. “I decided to study oncology massage when a young client I helped walk again after brain cancer surgery had a relapse”. Based in a quiet, rural location in Harpsden (RG9 4HH), near Henley-on-Thames, Isabel offers a taster seated massage or movement coaching session (10 minutes – £5). www.isabellebrough.weebly.com 07806 792880
- Georgie at Hair of Dorchester. Now offers massages simlar to the ones I was treated with at Cancer hospitals in Austria, France, Italy etc. where massage is a recognised part of treatment for oncology patients. Super moisturising facials, ideal for sorting out the horrible ‘Brillo pad’ skin that treatment leaves us with as a side effect of drugs. Incidentally, since local hospital transport no longer covers podiatry, I find it is cheaper to go to Georgie for a Pedicure, than pay for a taxi to take me to hospital. And Georgie paints my nails as well! 01865-340194
LEAP (Local Energy Advice Partnership) – I certainly benefitted from their advice After cancer, like many I suffer from cold. LEAP, working in partnership with Local Authorities and Housing Associations across the country offer eligible residents a completely FREE energy and money saving service. For me it was lovely free lightbulbs and Radiator Reflectors. They offer a free of charge in-home advice visitnif you couldn’t make it on the day. https://applyforleap.org.uk
And Look Good Feel Better has given me an interesting propoal. After the evnt they got in touch to say as the organisations at the Day were mostly part of nationwide networks, they would very much like a booklet listing these, which they could hand out with their luxury Goodie Bags whenever they run a demonstration. This would fit a company that wants to spend a charity budget in helping cancer survivors. So if anyone knows of such a company that has a charity budget, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
And many many thanks to those who helped ensure the Day was successful. I set out to give a Fun Day to cancer survivors, but it looks like the whole event is a catalyst for providing Thames Valley-wide services for them all.