Newsletter 26th Feb 2017

Published on: 4th March 2017
By Butterflies

Hi Everyone

As I’m writing this, the wind is still howling around my house – I thought Doris had gone!? It would be lovely if it blew away the clouds and we returned to blue skies…I need to be reminded that Spring is around the corner! Although, I have to say the flowers are doing their best to remind me….the snowdrops are starting to go over (the ones at Kingston Lacy were fantastic!) and primroses and early daffodils are starting to appear in our hedgerows. Roll on Spring and bluebells J

You’ll see below there are quite a few events happening in the next few months – some of them information days or free workshops for you, and some of them fundraising events. We’ve been adopted by Wool Carnival as one of their charities for this year, as well as RNA Flag day at Tesco. We are also the Charity for the Month of March at Waitrose in Poundbury. We also have the opportunity to share a donation from Weymouth Marathon in return for handing out water for the runners. With the promise of all this money coming in the Committee have been discussing organising some days out. If you have somewhere you would really like to go, or something you would really like to do, then please tell us. As long as it’s in this country we will see if we can make it happen.

We have a new book in our library, free for anyone to borrow. There is much anecdotal evidence that the “Rainbow Diet’ has helped many cancer patients cope with cancer, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. It’s a long way from being the ‘magic bullet’ that the author, Chris Woollams had hoped for, but has certainly done a lot of people some good. And as we are now being told to eat 10 portions of fruit and veg a day because it will dramatically decrease the risk of disease, it looks as though Chris might just be on to something!

The Grove Hotel in Bournemouth is under threat of closure. This is such a valuable resource and it would be a real shame if it closed as it is unique in its offerings. If you know anyone who would like a break in a safe environment with medical staff on hand and near the sea then please tell them about this brilliant hotel. I’ve stayed there a couple of times and loved it!

Our Meetings

Now that Margaret has done her training, each of our meetings will start with a short (6-8mins) Tripudio session at 2pm. You don’t have to join in and you’re welcome to sit around and chat while it’s going on. Tripudio helps with lymphoedema. (Actually, in practice, the Tripudio session doesn’t usually start until we’ve had our coffee and cake – we do like to get our priorities right!)

Don Watts will be at each of our meetings offering free Gentle Touch Therapy (very relaxing, and you keep your clothes on!) Don also volunteers for Cruse and is an excellent person to talk to if you need a listening ear.

Julia from About Face (head & neck cancer support) will be at our meeting tomorrow.

Remember, as always, you’re welcome to come and go as you wish and you don’t have to join in any of the activities if they don’t interest you. We always have a chat before anything starts, so you may just want to come for that.


Rita will talk to us about the “Amazing Roz Copson” – who seems to be turning fundraising for local cancer support into a lifetimes work. Her latest venture is to walk a Marathon! The money raised will go 50/50 towards the Stepping Out programme in Bridport which all Butterflies members are welcome to join and also to the Fortuneswell Trust which is supporting the Cancer Appeal to build a new cancer treatment centre at DCH which will also benefit Butterflies members.

14 March


28 March

Jane Hall – Brain Tumour Support


2 March

Safety at Home – Flyer attached

Winfrith Village Hall 9.30-12. Various organisations on hand to help you manage safely at home.

12 March

Weymouth Half Marathon 8am-11am – Sarah & Margaret, plus Pete are giving out water along with members from Purbeck Workshop. We will get a share of money for doing this. If anyone else would like to help please contact me.

23 March

Diet & Nutrition Workshop with Naomi Devlin – Flyer attached

Salway Ash, Bridport 10am-4pm

“Knowing what to eat can be confusing nowadays, but Naomi Devlin expertly peels away the diet myths to reveal how simple it is to eat well.” The Living Tree have invited us to attend this workshop – they have room for 20 people.

4 April

The launch of the Cancer Coaching Community (CCC) – 2 Flyers attached

This is a newly founded community of professional coaches in the UK who coach people affected by cancer, to support them to move forward from their cancer experience.

What’s unique about this group is that ALL coaches have direct or indirect cancer experience and have a wide knowledge and understanding about the impact of cancer.

22 & 23 April

Roz Copson’s marathon walk in April – Flyer attached

29 April

Cancer Support Group Open Day – Flyer attached

Come along and finds out what support there is for you in your local area.

17 June

Wool Carnival – Butterflies is one of their chosen charities this year so please come along and support them. It’s a great day out! Last year each charity received £900!!

24 June

RNA Flag Day outside Tesco in Dorchester. Again, we are a chosen charity. We need 2 people to stand with collecting tins. Please contact me if you can spare some time.


PanPals Dorset are hosting a CHARITY LUNCH at Athelhampton House in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK on Friday 3rd March 12.00-4.00pm with their patrons Julian & Emma Fellowes. Contact Lynda for details on 07794 145266.

MACMILLAN CANCER AWARENESS day for volunteers, people affected by cancer and professionals is being run on 29/03/2017 at St Margaret’s Hospice, Yeovil. There is also a Living Well with and Beyond Cancer day in Yeovil on 19th April. For more info or to book, contact or tel: 01904 756443

24 May

West Dorset Breast Cancer Support Group are holding an afternoon of fun, tea and cakes on 24th May at Dorset Youth Association Hall, Lubbecke Way, Dorchester, DT1 1QL and would like to invite any members of other groups who may like to come. They are having rock choir singing, a cookery demonstration relating to cancer and recovery, a very gentle form of exercise, as well as afternoon tea and cakes and a raffle.

The GROVE HOTEL Bournemouth. This unique hotel for people with cancer and life threatening diseases is under threat of closure due to lack of bookings. Please do let your contacts around the UK know about this resource:

Red Cross SUPPORT AT HOME service – Flyer attached.

Have you heard of this? They provide help for people coming out of hospital which could well be one of us or someone we know. is a free art resource site “to encourage creativity in the community and purposeful activity for health and wellbeing”.


PENNY BROHN run a range of courses, groups and individual therapies designed to help you feel better and live better with cancer, its treatments and side effects.

Whether it’s learning about healthy food, coping with treatment side effects, or getting to grips with the emotional impact of cancer, we can help you find what you need right now.

BLEEPS AT FORTUNESWELL OUTPATIENTS DCH. Did you know that bleeps are now available to borrow at reception if you have to wait for test results, meds etc so you can go and have a break, relax at the coffee bar or restaurant? Do ask if this would help you and your family.

Duncan’s Unctions – Duncan devised this cream using all natural ingredients to help with radiation burns and other skin conditions.

Something different: SOUTH WEST FISHING FOR LIFE is an organisation which provides fly fishing sessions for women with breast cancer. The Dorset group meets at The Wrackleford Estate fishery Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9SN by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Pope. If you would like to go along for a chat and to see what they have to offer ring Gillian, secretary, 01398 371244 or Lead coach Clive 01202 699864.

Other local cross-cancer support groups with whom we have close links:

Purbeck Workshop – creative escapes for those touched by cancer – meets EVERY week day in Wool, lots of different creative activities to try with new ones added each month. To sign up for their monthly newsletter or for further details:

C-Siders, Weymouth & Portland cancer support group, meets on Mondays 7.30-9pm at the Wyke Smugglers Pub, Portland Road, Weymouth. Contact: Peter Meacham ‪csiders@btinternet.com07430 695462.

March 6th – Anna Serkowska, LiveWell Dorset presentation

March 20th – Chrissie Wathen-Neal, Macmillan Fundraising Manager

3rd April – Bernadette Jones – Links to Work

The Living Tree meets every Friday at the Friends House in Bridport at 2pm.

Butterflies: 4th Mar 2017 20:52:00