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August 2021

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Annual General Meeting - Notification

This is notification that the Annual General Meeting of the Cambridge Cancer Help Centre will be held on Tuesday 24th August 2021 at 12 noon in person at The Centre. This is for the year ending 30th April 2021.
1. Approval of the Minutes of the AGM held on 18th August 2020
2. Presentation and Approval of Annual Report and Accounts
3. Appointment of independent examiners
4. Presentation and discussion of Centre strategy and future direction
5. Any Other Business

Documents to support the AGM can be read at the following links:
We welcome questions from any member attending the AGM. Following the AGM, light refreshments will be served - outside The Centre if the weather treats us kindly! 

To ensure the safety of members, we will need to manage the number of people present within the Centre for the AGM to ensure we can hold the meeting in a socially distanced way. Chairs will be set out in advance. We will kindly ask those attending to wear a face covering when inside the building and windows will be open to ensure good ventilation.

If you would like to secure a space in The Centre for the AGM please email us to book:

We appreciate that not everyone will feel comfortable (or able) to attend the AGM in person. Questions may therefore be raised in advance by email:

Centre News

In response to the easing of the Government restrictions put in place to help with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken the decision to continue with the following guidelines to ensure that The Centre remains a safe place to visit. We will:
  • Continue to ask all visitors, staff and volunteers to wear a face covering when arriving or moving around the building
  • Continue to maintain a one-way system for visitors to move safely around the building 
We kindly ask you to stay at home if you have any COVID symptoms (or coughs, colds), or if anyone within your household has symptoms or has been asked to self-isolate.
We look for your support and understanding as we reopen by following the signage and guidance in place at The Centre which is there to protect the health and welling of all of our members, volunteers and staff.
What's on?

We appreciate that not everyone will feel comfortable in returning to The Centre at this point, so support, advice and classes continue to be available by telephone and online.
Support and Therapies

We are pleased to announce that you can now pre-book the following support / therapies by calling the office: 
  • Emotional support
  • Bereavement support
  • Reflexology
  • Massage/Head massage
  • Bowen Technique
Email Azra ( or Claire (, or alternatively please call The Centre on 01223 840105 / 07909 118432 during office hours: Monday to Wednesday 10am to 4.00pm.

The Centre offers many activities and events including: 
  • The Singing Group meets every other Monday 11.30am - 12.30pm
  • Yoga Therapy is held every Monday 1.30 - 3pm
  • The Art Group meets every Wednesday 11am – 2pm
  • Guided Imagery, Mindfulness and Relaxation Sessions will be held online weekly on Tuesdays,  10.30 – 11.30 am (virtually) and 1.30pm – 2.30pm (in the Centre)
For more details see our Website or social media.
Macmillan Hope Course

The next course starts on 14th September for 6 weeks. This will be held face to face in the Centre.

For more information or an informal chat, please contact Janet Hickman at the Cambridge Cancer Help Centre or on 07866 331782. Alternatively, you can email Janet at
Welcome to Claire

We are delighted to introduce our newest team member Claire Milbourne, our new Volunteer Coordinator.  

Claire has a vast experience in Business Development in both commercial and healthcare settings and is very excited to bring her skills and knowledge gained in her recent roles coordinating volunteers at the Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust.  

In her spare time Claire can be found in her wild flower meadow collecting and creating flowers for weddings and events as well as delivering floral wellbeing workshops which she hopes to introduce to The Centre in the near future.

We have a number of volunteering opportunities available at The Centre such as admin support, welcome desk assistants, tea and coffee bar assistants and much more. If you’d like to express your interest in any of these roles or find out more, please contact

Want to help The Centre with Fundraising and Events?

We have a fantastic opportunity for you to be involved with fundraising for The Centre. If you or someone you know is interested in joining our fundraising and projects committee and you’d like to express your interest please contact Claire Milbourne  at or call  The Centre on 01223 840 105

Want to get more active?
Walking is a great way to get fit, explore what’s on your doorstep and make new friends. Join one of our free short walks today!

Meeting point: Cambridge Cancer Help centre
Meet at 12:45 to walk 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Dates: 18th August, 1st September, 15th September 

For more information or to book contact:
Claire Milbourne
or Leah Collis

We had wonderful weather for our first walk on Wednesday 4th August!

August "100" Events
The idea is inspired by the Captain Tom 100 challenge to raise money for our own charities.
You can select your own safe 100 based idea or one that takes 100 minutes.

Bake 100 cakes, sing 100 songs, walk 100 laps of the garden or play 100 games, e.g.
You can do these from home with a family member or a friend.  And if you can raise a few pounds, all proceeds will go to The Centre.

You can ask your own circle to sponsor you and send us a cheque at the end of the activity.
Or let us know and we can help you set up a JustGiving page so that our members can join in the fun.

If it's not for you, you can always support someone else.

This is a link to Adrian's 100 miles of walks e.g.
Staying Safe in the Sun

Spending time outside is a great way to be physically active, reduce stress, and get some vitamin D ☀️.

Vitamin D levels are higher amongst those who exercise outdoors regularly as UV-B radiation interacts with the skin to make cholecalciferol from cholesterol. It is estimated that the skin produces almost 80% of the body’s required vitamin D. The most important way to increase vitamin D levels is to try and get regular but controlled sun exposure. Certain food types help to boost the skin’s resilience to the sun, and are just generally good for you. One of the best are leafy greens such as kale and spinach. They contain beta-carotene and this suppresses and prevents damage by UV exposure.

But too much sun can damage your skin, and in some cases cause skin cancer; so don’t forget to  protect yourself by wearing a hat and using a good sun screen.

Feedback - Mindfulness sessions
The Centre runs weekly Guided Imagery, Mindfulness and Relaxation sessions - currently held on Tuesdays 10.30 - 11.30am (virtually via Zoom) and 1.30-2.30pm in The Centre.

How do you support someone who is having a tough time at the moment? 

See this letter for Doreen with feedback on these sessions.
Ensuring the Centre is a safe place to meet

When considering visiting The Centre once we do reopen, you can be assured that we have undertaken a COVID-19 risk assessment and implemented measures appropriately.  
We look for your support and understanding by following the signage and guidance in place at The Centre which is there to protect the health and welling of all of our members, volunteers and staff. 
  • Please stay home if you have any COVID symptoms (or coughs, colds), or if anyone within your household has symptoms or has been asked to self-isolate. If you are not feeling 100%, we’d kindly ask you to stay at home. 
  • Please follow all new signs and respect social distancing when arriving and at The Centre.
  • Please remember to sanitise your hands and to wear a face covering whenever you are moving around inside the Centre and when attending a therapy.
  • Kindly do not move the furniture. It is laid out to enable appropriate social distancing.
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