Welcome to CREST Cancer Support

Many cancer charities support just the patient, but CREST believes that families and carers often suffer as much, so we are here for them too.

CREST is different because it is a local charity run entirely by volunteers who give their time and expertise for free.

River Cruise to Windsor in July

River cruise

We had another successful event on our Windsor river boat cruise. Fate was kind and the rain held off. French Brothers again provided a lovely cream tea and safe passage down the Thames.

Thank you to everyone who came to make this event so enjoyable.

CREST Members Get Together at Notcutts

On Monday 15th April, 21 CREST members gathered at Notcutts Garden Centre in Staines for a drink, cake, and a catch up. Notcutts generously gave us a discount on any purchases from the cafe and everybody had a small gift to take home.

festive tea

Festive Afternoon Tea

CREST Members and volunteers had an early festive afternoon tea at Notcutts on 1st December. A good time was had by all and Notcutts were very generous as always dressing the tables and giving us crackers.

CREST River Cruise to Windsor

Boat trip

One sunny, breezy, afternoon in July, twenty-five CREST members took a cruise from French Brothers' Runnymede Boat Yard to Windsor and back again. Our magnificent crew took care of our needs and the pilot gave a running commentary pointing out the interesting features on the riverside.

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On the return journey we were spoilt with a cream tea laid up in the downstairs lounge. It was a very pleasant afternoon - our first outing since Covid.

Volunteer awards

The Volunteer Awards Evening at the Royal Holloway University

The awards evening was held at Royal Holloway University on Monday June 5th starting at 6pm with a drink’s reception and light bites with the ceremony itself starting at 6.30pm. This evening promised to be a wonderful evening celebrating the fantastic contribution volunteers make to our communities.

We'd like to let you know that Dan, Sandra and Jenny were nominated for the Impact Award / Difference Maker and received a high recommendation on the evening.

This award is for an individual or a group who has really made an impact on either an organisation or the wider community this past year, who has helped reshape the services on offer or who has gone above and beyond to meet the needs of individuals. And perhaps an organisation that has changed how it delivers its services or made adjustments to accommodate previously unmet needs in the community.

CREST is immensely proud of all of them.

Holi Celebrations

On Saturday 25 March 2023 CREST Trustee Jim Robinson and Volunteer Ingrid Emsden-Fox attended a Holi celebration hosted by the Deputy Mayoress of Elmbridge, Charu Sood.

CREST was chosen for several reasons, including the fact that unlike most cancer charities it is run entirely by volunteers and also CREST supports carers and not just cancer patients. Already, over £1,000.00 has been raised via the Just Giving page and there were also generous cash donations at the Holi celebration.

Holi Holi Holi

Usually celebrated in March, Holi is a Hindu festival that celebrates the arrival of spring, love, and new life. It is also known as the "Festival of Colours". Jim and Ingrid were warned to wear old clothes and soon found out why! There was music, dancing, and throwing of coloured powder paint and spraying of water, by children and adults! Face, hair and clothes were covered with colour! Everyone had fun and to top it all there were also freshly made samosas and Indian sweets to enjoy.

Relax and calm your mind and body

Keith has been treating CREST members with Reiki at the Shepperton Wig Company for some time now. He has kindly recorded a short piece to help us all relax and calm the mind and body.

Yoga for Cancer

Just Being have a series of free yoga classes which combine mindful Hatha flow movement with guided breathwork.

Some breathing, relaxing and physical exercises on YouTube

Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre: Seated exercise sequence

Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre: Breathing space

Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre: Reflexology point