Alleviating the physical and emotional distress of cancer patients and their carers

Free relaxation therapies, friendship and support

Free Support
The opportunity for mutual support with people who understand and know what you are going through, make new friends, be yourself, and have some fun.
Free Therapy
Including individual and collective relaxation sessions
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A Place To Go
To off-load, to recharge, or to meet other people who know what you are going through
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COVID-19 – Important notice

Following consideration by the Officers of Acorn’s Management Committee, and in light of Government guidelines on social gatherings and self-isolation for the over-70s, it is with regret that the decision has been made to cancel all forthcoming Acorn support meetings and outings for an initial period of 12 weeks.

It is not known, yet, when the isolation period will end. But we will ensure that members are kept up-to-date with developments by email and through notice on the website, Facebook and Twitter, should there be any significant change in Government advice to enable us to reconsider this decision.

In the meantime, do keep in touch with your Acorn friends by phone, Skype or Facetime.

You may even like to make use of the Acorn Coffee Club which was set up for exactly the purpose of keeping in touch in-between our support meetings.  If you would like access to this Facebook private group please let me or James Harding know. You will then receive an invitation to join the group and a link to the private chat area.

Best wishes to you all, and keep well,

Gordon Dyer MBE, Secretary, The Acorn Cancer Support Group

Please read our full statement here.

To anyone newly affected by cancer

The coronavirus pandemic means that at the moment we cannot offer the normal social support that we would normally provide to you as patient or carer.  However, we are conscious of the uncertainty, worry and loneliness you may be feeling.  With that in mind we would like to offer you the chance to speak to someone who knows what you are going through – and who could be a “buddy” as you cope with the new issues you face.  They will also be able to keep you informed on when we will be in a position to start our free support meetings and free social outings again.

If you would like to take up this offer then either call Julia on 07739 934524 or email Gordon 

Please indicate how you would like contact to be made. This could be by phone initially but then move to Skype, or Facetime if that works for you. If either of the latter two was something you might like to use at some point, then please tell us and we would then match you to one of our members who has the same facility.

Thanks to the Ramsey Hospital Charity Shop

Ramsey Charity Shop Donation

A wonderful donation of £300 was presented to the Acorn Cancer Support Group by the Hospital Charity Shop in Great Whyte, Ramsey . The shop brought forward their donation in view of the impending situation with the corona virus.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Acorn has received a donation and we are grateful that the Ramsey Hospital Charity Shop considers us worthy of their support. Our gratitude extends to all the volunteers who give up their time to work in the shop to raise the money that has been donated to us.  Thanks to you all.

Pictured outside the shop are Shirley Hand HR officer with Acorn flanked by John and Hazel from the shop.

Warmest Thanks to Janet Church Interiors

We wish to say warmest thanks to Janet of Janet Church Interiors of St Ives.

For her recent birthday party,she asked, instead of presents, for her guests to donate to Acorn.

This raised a wonderful £234 and coupled with the collection box contents from her shop meant that overall her thoughtfulness raised over £300 in January.

St Bernard Support Help Sessions

St Bernard Support (SBS), is a charity that provides support and services to people affected by life affecting illnesses such as cancer, heart disease etc.

SBS is holding free sessions on financial wellbeing for people with life affecting illnesses, their families and their carers across eastern England. 

The dates and times for some of the Help Sessions are as follows: 

PETERBOROUGH: 12pm Quarterly every 3rd Monday in January, April, July and October
 
RICKMANSWORTH: 3.30pm Quarterly every 3rd Monday in January, April, July and October
 
BARNET: 7pm Quarterly every 3rd Monday in March, June, September and December
 
Further details can be found below:
 

Chelmsford Help Session

Norwich Help Session

Peterborough Help Session

Boat Trips

Dates for 2020

Monday 15th June

Thursday 23rd July

Thursday 27th August

Friday 18th September

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