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July 2022

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Dear friend, 

I hope that you are enjoying the summer weather. I thought that it would be timely to bring you up-to-date with where things are at the Centre. 

As you will have noticed, a rota of Trustees has taken over the day-to-day running of the Centre, with the support of the wonderful team of volunteers. Our overriding priority has been to be able to safely open the Centre again and to offer a full range of therapies, support groups and activities. It has been great to see friends being reunited face-to-face again after such a long period, and benefiting from what the service has on offer.

Obviously given the COVID pandemic, managing risks to health is a top priority for us. We received donations from ARM/Cambridge Community Foundation and others, to ensure that everyone could be welcomed back to the Centre with confidence. However, this period had a significant impact on our income and we had to make the very difficult decision to make the position of Centre Manager redundant. We are all very grateful for Azra's hard work over recent years.

Going Forward

You all know, better than anyone, of the distress and difficulties posed by the last two years. The need for the Centre is greater than ever. We are now looking forward, ensuring we can continue to provide the best support for local families facing cancer. 

We have recruited two new Trustees: Lucy Sales who has a corporate background, and Julia Smith who many of you will know as one of our reflexologists but who also has fundraising experience. We now recognise that we need to do more to raise money to support our free service, so we are putting in place a fundraising strategy. We are also extremely fortunate to have been adopted by Issured, who will provide specialist marketing and media advice to take this plan forward.

Our ambition is:
  • To continue and expand our current service. We would love your feedback on what you like about what we offer, and also what you would like to see developed e.g. a writing group has been suggested. Please contact us by email or phone with your ideas, or come and tell us at our Coffee Morning at 11am on 19th July!
  • To increase the service to late opening on Wednesdays to allow students and people at work to benefit from therapy 
  • To review the café and to expand the menu to include some delicious healthy options.
Obviously to do these things we are going to have to work hard to raise the necessary funds. If you have any leads that you think would be helpful, Julia would love to hear from you.

In this newsletter, you will find a summary of “What’s on” including a Wellbeing Event on 23rd August organised in partnership with the Cambridge University Hospitals Cancer Support Team and Boots No.7. See below for a full list of dates for your diary. 

There’s a lot of focus going into our 37th ANNIVERSARY GARDEN PARTY on the afternoon of Saturday 17th September so please put this in your diary. Details will follow on the website and on our social media sites and we really hope that you and your family will be able to join us.

2022 - 2023 Memberships

Thank you for your continued support of the Centre.  We are now inviting you to renew your membership for the membership year running from 1 May 2022 to 30 April 2023.

To help us to save time and admin costs, please access the renewal form here and either:
  1. Fill in the form electronically and return via email.
  2. Print and fill in the form by hand and either scan and return by email or post.
  3. Collect a membership form at the Centre or contact us to request that a membership form is posted to you.
If you are a new member and have recently subscribed, we thank you for your contribution. 
What's on?

Calendar of Events 

The Centre offers many activities and events including: 

  • Thai Chi at 11.30am – 12.30pm
  • Yoga Therapy is held every Monday 1.30pm - 3pm 
  • Craft Group 10am – 12noon. New members are very welcome!
  • Guided Imagery, Mindfulness and Relaxation on Tuesdays, with two sessions – the first online at 10.30 – 11.30 and the second in The Centre 11.30am – 12.30pm. Learn new techniques to help you relax.
  • Dance and Fitness class with Alison 2.30pm - 3.30pm. A gentle introduction to exercise. 
  • Art Group 11am – 2pm. New members are very welcome!
  • Dance and Fitness class with Alison 11.30am - 12.30pm. A gentle introduction to exercise.
Dates for your Diary

Upcoming events for your diaries are listed below:
  • The Macmillan Take Control Course will be held at The Centre on Tuesday 12th and 19th July 2022.  A dietitian will be visiting the session on 19 July.  This workshop is a shorter version of the Hope programme.  Contact Janet Hickman on 07866 331782 or email : for further information.
  • Coffee Morning. Join us on 19th July 2022 at 11am for a coffee morning with a talk on Mindfulness and Guided Imagery by Ann and Janet.
  • The next 6 week Macmillan Hope course runs every Tuesday from 4th October until 8th November. 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
  • ***Stop press*** During August a new support group for Breast cancer is going to start. Please check on the notice boards, social media and website for the start date. If you are interested in attending please contact Janet Hickman. 

A range of free complementary therapies are available at The Centre from Monday to Wednesday. 

The therapies we offer are designed to help your mind and body relax and allow you to establish a greater sense of calm and a healthier balance in your life.

Interested? Please ask to speak to someone at The Centre or call  us on 01223 840105 or email us at
Wellbeing Event on 23rd August 2022

The Centre together with the Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) Cancer Support Team and Boots No. 7 are hosting a Wellbeing Event  on August 23rd 2022 at The Centre. 

Join us to spend some time with No.7 agents running workshops all about caring for skin, hair and nails during cancer treatment. Everyone welcome.
Two sessions are available: 
  • Session 1: 10:00 – 12:00 
  • Session 2: 13:30 – 15:30
Email or call 01223 274801 to book a space.
Ensuring the Centre is a safe place to meet

“Living with COVID-19”

We remain ever vigilant in considering the health and welling of all of our members and volunteers whilst visiting The Centre. 

Across the UK and in our area, COVID remains present and with new sub-variants, cases are increasing again. We are adopting the following practices to ensure that The Centre remains a safe place to visit for everyone. 
  • We kindly encourage everyone to wear a face-covering when moving around within The Centre.
  • Please regularly use hand sanitiser / or wash your hands 
  • The Centre team will regularly ventilate the building 
  • We have air-purifiers in the Centre to help improve internal air quality.
We kindly ask you to stay at home if you have any COVID symptoms, coughs, colds, or if anyone within your household has symptoms. 

Thank you for your support and for looking out for each other. 
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