Other help available

We work closely with the following organisations who will be happy for you to contact them for help and information, but please note that CREST does not recommend or endorse any product or service.

Ashford Breast Cancer Support Group
Body Soul Nutrition
Bits and Pieces
Brigitte Trust
Freedom Insurance
Improving Cancer Care Action Group
Look Good ... Feel Better
MidasPlus
Myeloma UK
One-to-one (North West Surrey)
Runnymede Borough Council
Shepperton Wig Company
Something To Look Forward To
St Peter's Hospital
The Haven
Vanilla Beauty Lounge
Wellbeing and Exercise
Macmillan Workshops

Ashford Breast Cancer Support Group (ABC Support Group)

The Ashford Breast Cancer Support Group (ABC Support Group) meets in the Education Centre, 1st floor, Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals, London Road, Ashford, Middx TW15 3AA, on the second Monday of every month from 7.30pm. until 9.00pm. If this date should fall on a Bank Holiday Monday then the meeting is held the following week.

The group, which is made up of members of all ages, offers support and practical help to those who have had or are undergoing treatment for breast cancer and also for their loved ones. Meetings are held in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and please feel free to bring along a partner, family member or friend if you wish. You do not have to be a patient at ASPH to attend the group - our members have had treatments at a wide range of hospitals across Surrey, London and Berkshire.

We run an annual programme covering a wide range of complementary therapy, lifestyle and medical themes. Information leaflets are available for reference and there is also a small library of books and tapes at the meetings.

To obtain a programme leaflet please contact either Pat Morrison on 01784 252344 or Carole Edmonds on 01784 455760. Leaflets are also available from the Breast Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists at ASPH.

Our website address is: www.ashfordbreastcancersupportgroup.org

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Body Soul Nutrition

Body Soul Nutrition

Body Soul Nutrition offer a range of services to help people with cancer optimise their healing potential. Our particular expertise is in the area of nutritional support and healthy lifestyle. Recently evidence has been accumulating and studies show that the right diet, physical activity programme and emotional support can: improve the effectiveness of treatment, reduce its side effects, help to prevent recurrences and new tumours, and improve overall well-being. Our team can guide you through the maze of nutrition and healthy lifestyle information to find an approach that works for you.

Call 07815 817050 or visit www.bodysoulnutrition.co.uk

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Bits and Pieces
Your local Mouth Cancer Support Group (Spelthorne, and surrounding area)

The group was founded in 2010 and since starting the group, all members have been encouraged to bring their Spouses/Partners or Carers along to the meetings. As a group we have been very active, over a relatively short time we have been in existence, and have learned a great deal about our disabilities. We meet once a month, giving care and support as and when needed.

Would you like to talk to others who are going through, or have been through, treatment for mouth cancer? What food can I eat? What of the future? Why not join with others who have asked these questions and many more.

Phone Carole or Neil on 07776 197257 or Email Christine or Alan at Alan-Christine@ntlworld.com

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Brigitte Trust

Brigitte Trust

The Brigitte Trust provides a free volunteer service of emotional support and practical help at home.

All volunteers are fully DBS checked and offer 3 hours each week, giving the opportunity to share some of the concerns serious illness can bring. Other support can include respite for a carer, shopping and transport.

Call 01306 881816 today or visit www.brigittetrust.org

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Freedom Insurance

Freedom Insurance

Freedom specialises in travel insurance for people living with pre-existing medical conditions and we're pleased to offer our expert service to CREST members and those living with cancer.

Getting travel insurance when you live with cancer can be complicated, so we aim to make the process as stress free as possible. We have been helping cancer patients, those who are in remission and people who are now cancer free to get travel insurance for over 10 years and if for any reason, we are unable to provide a quote on the Freedom scheme, we don't mind searching the market on your behalf to find a solution.

Our medical screening team are a friendly bunch and although not medically trained, you will find them sympathetic and understanding, treating each case on individual circumstance and basing quotes on a person's current health status. Travelling companions can take advantage of Freedom's well-constructed travel insurance policies too! Freedom Travel Insurance is underwritten by AXA Insurance UK plc. Terms, conditions, exclusions and limitations apply.

Please call us on 01223 454 290 to discuss your travel insurance needs or visit our website at www.freedominsure.co.uk/Cancer-Travel-Insurance for further information.

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ASPH

Improving Cancer Care Action Group
Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals

ICCAG consists of patients, carers, family members, representatives of local community support groups and health care professionals. As many tumour types as possible are represented. By bringing our experience of cancer and its related problems e.g. physical, psychological, financial, we can assist Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (ASPH) to make improvements to the care of cancer patients. We are not a support group, but we can signpost people to sources of information and help.

What is our aim?

If you are interested in joining this influential group and helping to improve the care of those affected by cancer, please join us at a forthcoming meeting and contact: Pat Morrison (Chair) Email: p.morrison456@btinternet.com or Sarah Burton, Lead Cancer Clinician, Macmillan Lead Nurse Cancer and Palliative Care Email: sarah.burton@asph.nhs.uk Telephone: 01932 722851

Meetings held 6-8pm. Second Wednesday of every month at Chertsey House, St Peter’s Hospital.

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lgfb

Look Good ... Feel Better

Look Good...Feel Better (LGFB) is an international charity operating in 24 countries worldwide. It was introduced in the UK in 1994 and our unique Programme of free skincare and make-up workshops is now available at over 65 hospitals and cancer care centres around the country.

Our aim is to help women combat the visible side effects of cancer treatment. The therapeutic and psychological benefits of women wearing make-up have been well-documented and nowhere are these more relevant than in one of our workshops.

With wide-ranging support from the Beauty and Perfumery Industry, LGFB is able to help over 11,000 women each year through our workshops and an even greater number through our unique self-help Confidence Kit DVD & Booklet and website.

LGFB is supported by over 40 member companies of the Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Foundation, who provide generous funds as well as donations in the form of products and the expertise of their volunteer beauty consultants. Each lady attending a workshop receives a wonderful gift bag with a selection of products from different brands, all generously donated by our member companies.

The volunteers who help run our workshops are trained beauty consultants from member companies or freelance make-up artists, who all offer their time and expertise at the LGFB workshops. The basic thinking behind LGFB - that if you look good, it can help you feel better - is recognised by the different medical professionals involved in patients' care and treatment.

Workshops take place once or twice a month at several locations in this area including The Fountain Centre (Guildford), Sir William Rous Unit (Kingston), The Haven (Fulham), Maggie's Centre (Hammersmith) and The Cancer Centre London (Wimbledon).

For more information and to find a workshop near you, please visit www.lgfb.co.uk or call 01372 747500.

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Midas Plus

MidasPlus

MidasPlus raises funds and distributes them to community groups and individuals in Surrey, Middlesex and surrounding areas who demonstrate a need that cannot be fulfilled elsewhere. Many of the individuals have nowhere else to turn and MidasPlus is seen as a 'last resort'.

For example:

We do much more so please contact us.

We will also consider projects being carried out by other charities but cannot donate towards running costs.

If you think we may be able to help please email info@midasplus.org.uk or see our website www.midasplus.org.uk

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Myeloma UK

Myeloma UK

Myeloma UK is the only organisation in the UK dealing exclusively with myeloma. Our broad and innovative range of services cover every aspect of myeloma from providing information and support, to improving standards of treatment and care through research, education, campaigning and raising awareness.

With Myeloma UK, patients and family members can:

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1-to-1 (North West Surrey)

One-to-One (North West Surrey)

Operating in Spelthorne, Elmbridge, and Runnymede we organise weekly social events for adults with Learning Disabilities. Events range from quizzes, to discos, music nights to sports and crafts.We hold regular pub nights and a monthly bingo and sing-a-long session.

Our members range from 18 to 80+ and if we can help CREST Members who feel they may need our support, please contact us and mention you are a CREST member to the team.

For more information please contact the co-ordinator on 01784 446279 or email us at 1to1@spelthorne.gov.uk

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Runnymede Borough Council

Runnymede Borough Council

Runnymede Borough Council offer a range of community services which may be of benefit to CREST members who live in the Borough to support independent living and reduce social isolation.

These include:

For more information about Runnymede Borough Council’s services please call 01932 838383

Our website address is: www.runnymede.gov.uk

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Shepperton Wigs

Shepperton Wig Company

Shepperton Wigs

Shepperton Wig Company is a small and friendly local wig company run by Joanne and Linda. It has been in existence for 10 years doing film, theatre, TV and personal wigs. We supply real hair wigs, ready to wear wigs and facial hair if needed. Our range of wigs are mainly Ellen Wille but we do stock Gisela Mayer and Trenco as well.

We are situated in a very private setting in Unit 11, Vicarage Farm, Halliford Road, Sunbury on Thames TW16 6DW where there is plenty of parking and wheelchair access.

We have an "appointment only" system so you have your own personal time with us, which is normally about an hour. While you are here we will try wigs on out of our stock and find something you feel really good in. If we do not have the right wig in stock we will order it in, which normally takes a week. If any alterations need doing to the wig fit, or it needs trimming down, we are able to do that for you here as well.

We will take you through how to put your wig on properly and how to care for it, and if you have any problems when you start wearing the wig we are always here for help and advice.

We have enjoyed being involved with CREST. We feel very privileged to be involved in the therapy days as they are uplifting and fun - and of course very relaxing.

If you feel you would just like to come for a look or you have any questions please give us a call on 01932 225796. We are more than happy to talk to you and answer any questions.

Our website address is: www.sheppertonwigs.co.uk

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Something To Look Forward To

Something To Look Forward To

"Something To Look Forward To" is a social action charity which passes on donated gifts and experiences to people affected by cancer and their friends, family and carers. The charity support anyone with a cancer diagnosis up to 3 years post last treatment and all the gifts and experiences including restaurant meals, hotel stays, spa breaks and much more can be applied for at www.somethingtolookforwardto.org.uk

Apply for an opportunity to relax, have fun and create positive memories when you need it most.

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St Peters

St Peter’s Hospital

A dedicated Cancer Support and Information Room, inspired by ideas from the Improving Cancer Care Action Group, opened at St Peter’s Hospital on July 3rd.

Please follow this link to find out more about the Cancer Support and Information Room.

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The Haven

The Haven

The Haven opens it doors to CREST members providing, completely free of charge, a wide range of therapies which help people to deal with the physical and emotional side effects of breast cancer.

Specialist nurses and experts in nutrition, exercise and emotional support provide tailor-made programmes for every person who comes through our doors.

Our outreach programme has been specially developed for people who can't get to our Havens so they can benefit from our unique care in the comfort of their own home.

Our website address is: www.thehaven.org.uk

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Vanilla Beauty Lounge

Vanilla Beauty Lounge

Workshop Day

Those of you who were able to join us on our Workshop Day may have enjoyed one of the mini-treatments offered by Jemma, Chloe and Hollie from Vanilla Beauty Lounge in Ashford.

Vanilla are pleased to offer CREST members a £5 discount for a full manicure, full pedicure, taster facial, Indian Head Massage, trial or occasion make up, and a £2 discount for strip lashes.

For details of all our treatments and prices please see our website: www.vanillabeautylounge.com

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Wellbeing and Exercise

Wellbeing and Exercise

Wellbeing and Exercise works in partnership with Woking Borough council in running exercise classes for individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer. The classes are suitable for those waiting for treatment, during treatment and after treatment. The class is designed to suit all levels from beginners through to the more experienced and I have the knowledge and expertise to ensure each session is tailored to your specific needs and fitness level.

Wellbeing and Exercise

Common side effects of cancer such as weight gain, loss of muscle strength and fatigue are all things that regular exercise can help to negate along with a positive outlook. By partnering with Woking Borough Council you receive a free one to one consultation and your first exercise session is free and you are welcome to bring a relative or friend. There is no obligation to join and thereafter the classes are £5.

The class is held at Byfleet Village Hall, 54 High Road, KT14 7QL on Fridays from 11-12 o’clock.

So why not join our friendly group and contact me for a chat.

Call 07768 790887 or email info@wellbeingandexercise.co.uk

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Opera

Macmillan's OPERA

OPERA (Online Personal Education and Risk Assessment) is the UK's first interactive software program to offer personalised support and information for people concerned about inherited risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

If you would like to find out more or use OPERA, visit their website
www.macmillan.org.uk/opera

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Macmillan leaflets

Macmillan Workshops

CREST is committed to supporting cancer education and is pleased to announce that we will be able to offer some of the Macmillan Cancer Support workshops locally if there is sufficient interest.

The workshops fall into three main categories:

Self Management - for everyone affected by cancer who wants to find ways of coping with the physical and emotional demands that it can make on you

Communication Skills - introductory workshops which form the basis of the group skills training

Group Skills - useful for established groups who have done the Listening and Responding training

The workshops last 1 or 2 days and there will be a small charge to help with costs.

For a full list of workshop titles, and to register your interest in any of them, please complete our online survey

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