Stolen Moments campaign launches

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We can’t give back the stolen moments, but you can help us catch the thief

Almost two decades are stolen from a woman who dies of ovarian cancer in the UK. Years of missed anniversaries, birthdays, weddings and graduations. The countless hugs and cups of tea.

Symptoms such as bloating, loss of appetite, needing to wee more frequently and stomach pain present when cancer has advanced and a woman’s chance of survival has already dropped. We want to catch ovarian cancer in its earliest stages, ideally before it even develops. There is currently no screening tool for ovarian cancer and we want to change this.

Prevention is better than cure

When a woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer, the odds are stacked against her. Recurrence is high and survival rates are poor. No woman deserves to live in fear of either.

http://www.ovarian.org.uk/stolen-moments/

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CLAPA Awareness Week 5-13 May 2018

CLAPA believes that every smile tells a story.

Cleft Lip and Palate Awareness Week is a chance to share and spread real-life stories of the way cleft affects people and families in the UK with friends, family, and within the wider community.

With around 100 babies each month born with a cleft, CLAPA wants to help everyone affected to make their voices heard. This year, Awareness Week runs from 5th to 13th May 2018, and we want everyone in the CLAPA Community to have a chance to get involved. We’ve even put together a brand new Awareness Week information pack to help you plan and make the most of the week.

With your help, we can re-write the story about cleft in the UK, and show the public it’s much closer to home than they might think. We want to raise the profile of a condition affecting 1,200 new families each year in the UK alone. We want everyone to understand the impact a cleft can have – and the difference the right support can make.

Visit the Awareness Week Hub

Get your FREE Awareness Week Pack

CLAPA’s Awareness Week pack is here to help you make the most of Awareness Week 2018.

This colourful pack is full of ideas, events, and even a simple breakdown of all the important legal information you’ll need when you’re fundraising for CLAPA.

So, whether you’ve already got an idea of what you’d like to do, or you’re starting completely from scratch, this pack has got everything you need.

Order Your Pack

 

London Sponsored Walk 2018

Looking for an exciting way to finish Awareness Week 2018?

You can join the CLAPA staff for the CLAPA London Sponsored Walk, where we’re celebrating Awareness Week in the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

As well as the Sponsored Walk, there’ll be time for a picnic too, and the whole family can join in with a range of activities and games in the CLAPA Sports Day

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Comedy night to raise money for Northwood cancer charity

A comedy night that will raise money for a medical charity in Northwood that helps people affected by cancer and other serious conditions will be held in September, it has been announced.

Paul Strickland Scanner Centre is an independent medical charity at Mount Vernon Hospital which carries out monitoring and diagnosis of people with mainly cancer, but also other serious conditions using CT, MRI and PET/CT scanners as well as medical research. The charity has to raise money in order to continually update its scanning equipment and help make sure that patients receive the best possible care.

The comedy night, held at The Comedy Bunker in West Ruislip, will be headlined by comedian Paul Tonkinson, with Zoe Lyons as the opening act.

Zoe took her first steps down the comedy path in 2003 after training as an actress at the Poor School in London. She went on to win the Funny Women Competition in 2004 and her debut Edinburgh show was nominated for the comedy newcomer award. In 2008 she won the Dave, Funniest Joke of The Fringe Award. Zoe has appeared in many TV shows including Mock the Week, The Wright Stuff, Michael McIntyre Roadshow and many more.

According to entertainment website Comedyclub.co.uk, Paul Tonkinson is “a shameless and a self-confessed professional northerner. A master of mimicry and particular amusing accents, he takes his audience on a guided tour of Britain, using his observational skills – and those funny voices to find humour in almost every region in the UK and further afield.” He has been described as “brilliant” by The Independent.

·         The comedy night is taking place at The Comedy Bunker, The Fairway, Ruislip Golf Centre, Ickenham Road, West Ruislip, HA4 7DQ (directly opposite West Ruislip Underground and railway station), on Friday 1 September. Doors open 8am for 8.30am start. Tickets are £12.50 (£4 goes to Paul Strickland Scanner Centre); email appeals@stricklandscanner.org.uk or call 01923 844290.

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Jazz concert in aid of local charity helping cancer patients

If you love jazz and cream teas, plus you’d like to help local people affected by cancer and other serious conditions, you don’t want to miss our upcoming Garden Jazz with Tea in Chorleywood event this September.

Featuring the BSV Jazz Band, Paul Strickland Scanner Centre’s outdoor music event promises to be an enjoyable and relaxing outing for all the family.

The band were formed in 2006 and have an active membership of around 15 musicians playing a wide range of jazz and jazz inspired music. They have played for the Mayor of St Albans at the Annual Charity Ball and at many other events run by local and national charities.

Paul Strickland Scanner Centre is an independent medical charity at Mount Vernon Hospital which carries out monitoring and diagnosis of people with mainly cancer, but also other serious conditions using CT, MRI and PET/CT scanners as well as medical research. The charity has to raise money in order to continually update its scanning equipment and help make sure that patients receive the best possible care.

·         Garden Jazz with Tea in Chorleywood is taking place at Long Lane, Heronsgate, on Sunday 3 September from 2pm to 4.30pm. Tickets are £17  (£10 for under 12s). Book now by calling 01923 844290 or emailing appeals@stricklandscanner.org.uk – advance bookings only. Please bring your own picnic rug and chair.

www.stricklandscanner.org.uk

http://www.bsvjazzband.org.uk/about-us/

About Paul Strickland Scanner Centre

Paul Strickland Scanner Centre is an independent medical charity based at Mount Vernon Hospital, a specialist cancer centre located in Greater London.

We provide comprehensive scanning services to the NHS and private health sectors for the diagnosis, treatment monitoring and research of cancer and other serious diseases, using leading edge PET/CT, MRI and CT scanners.

We offer the highest quality imaging services with specialist staff to deliver excellence to all patients and clinicians.

Legacies and donations help fund new scanners which have to be replaced every 3 – 5 years. Annually, we undertake more than 13,000 scans giving patients the opportunity of a healthier future.

For more information, visit http://www.stricklandscanner.org.uk

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Paul Strickland Scanner Centre – Plant and Cake Sale 15 May 2017

Opportunity to meet and quiz Royal Ascot’s head gardener at Mount Vernon Hospital charity event

Local gardeners pulling at the reins to get their plants into the ground once the risk of frost is over will have the opportunity to meet and seek advice from Royal Ascot’s head gardener, plus stock up on plants and enjoy a cake, during a charity fundraising event during May.

Royal Ascot’s head gardener Jeremy Lockwood, assisted by experienced gardener George Ives, will put some of their plants up for sale in aid of Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, an independent medical charity at Mount Vernon Hospital. The charity provides life changing CT, MRI and PET/CT scans used to diagnose and monitor mainly cancer but also other serious conditions. Money raised through the sale will be used to make sure patients can benefit from leading edge scanning equipment and furthers medical research into cancer and other conditions.

* The plant and cake sale is taking place between 9am and 2pm on Monday, 15 May at the Appeals Office, Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, Rickmansworth Road, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, HA6 2RN. Bookings are not necessary, but you’re advised to attend early as the plants sell very quickly. Donations are welcome, and if you would like to contribute plants and/or cakes, please ring 01923 844290.

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Spring walk at Chenies Manor to raise money for people affected by cancer and other serious conditions

Spring walk at Chenies Manor to raise money for people affected by cancer and other serious conditions

A medical charity at Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood is calling on local people to join its Spring Walk to raise money for new scanners and medical research.

The event is organised by Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, an independent medical charity that provides life changing CT, MRI and PET/CT scans used to diagnose and monitor mainly cancer but also other serious conditions. The money is used to make sure patients can benefit from leading edge scanning equipment and furthers medical research into cancer and other conditions.

The 10km circular walk, which takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, 1 May, starts at Chenies Manor (WD3 6ER) and has beautiful views of the Chess Valley.

* To book your place, ring 01923 844290; entry is £8 in advance (£10 on the day) and includes free admission to Chenies Manor Tulip Gardens; registration begins at 10am and walk starts at 11am. Wear suitable clothing and footwear (route not suitable for pushchairs). All proceeds go to charity.

About Paul Strickland Scanner Centre

Paul Strickland Scanner Centre is an independent medical charity based at Mount Vernon Hospital, a specialist cancer centre located in Greater London.

We provide comprehensive scanning services to the NHS and private health sectors for the diagnosis, treatment monitoring and research of cancer and other serious diseases, using leading edge PET/CT, MRI and CT scanners.

We offer the highest quality imaging services with specialist staff to deliver excellence to all patients and clinicians.

Legacies and donations help fund new scanners which have to be replaced every 3 – 5 years. Annually, we undertake more than 17,000 scans giving patients the opportunity of a healthier future. For more information, visit http://www.stricklandscanner.org.uk

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Walk All Over cancer fundraising update

https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/team-aj

Day three of ‘Walk All Over Cancer’ which you have to aim to do 10,000 steps per day to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. The fundraising is up to £145 which is really good. A BIG thank you to all our sponsors to date.

It is fun, but tough, doing 10,000 steps per day as I am still recovering from glandular fever  (GF) which comes back if I do too much. However, these relapses are not as bad as the early days with GF. I still take daily vitamins (including echinacea which I’d recommend), avoid caffeine and drinking plenty of water. I do give in to the odd cake and sugar treat 🙂

Water is good for flushing the Epstein-Barr virus out of your system. General advice is to drink at least eight large glasses of water a day.

GF seems to affect a lot of young athletes like Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock and promising young golfer Amber Ratcliffe. They all go on to full recovery, so if you currently have GF take heart as you will recover it just takes time and a sensible balance of rest and gradually increasing your activity levels.

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2015 – five races to raise funds for two children’s charities :)

So a new year and be rude not to raise some funds for a couple of worthy charities. This year I am doing five races (mad fool!) for the Demelza Hospice Care for Children and the Children’s Trust.

The five races are:
May 17th Staines 10K

June 14th Orpington High Elms 10K

July date TBC Dorney Dash 10K

Aug 9th Bushy Park 10K

Oct 25th Great South Run (Portsmouth)

It is a big ask as I normally only do three races per year, still no Ealing half-marathon this year as ten miles is my limit now.

About the two chosen charities:

The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. We work with children and young people from across the UK, both from our specialist centre in Tadworth, Surrey and in communities around the country.

Our vision

That all children with brain injury have the opportunity to live the best life possible.

Our mission

For children with brain injury and their families, we aim…

  • to be an internationally-recognised centre of excellence for care, rehabilitation, education and research
  • to reach out to children and families in their own community
  • to provide expert advice, training and information
  • to make our voice heard.

The Demelza Hospice Care for Children

Children’s hospices support children and young people (0-19) who are not expected to reach adulthood, and offer support to their families.

Children’s hospices can differ significantly from adult hospices in that many of the conditions children and young people are suffering from are degenerative in nature and progress over many years.

This means that children’s hospices have the opportunity to offer children, young people and families the chance to build memories as a family unit, undertake a range of activities that are age and needs specific that they may not ordinarily be able to access.

A children’s hospice may offer complex symptom control during periods of active treatment. In many cases there is no cure. In others, treatment has been tried but failed and the focus has transferred from active to palliative care.

When a diagnosis is given, families often feel very isolated. Children’s hospices provide the necessary short breaks and a range of specialist services benefiting the children and young people themselves and their wider family, which are simply not available elsewhere. – See more here.

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 220 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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August training update Eaking half marathon

A quick update…with just under seven weeks until race day the training is steady as they say. Still now it’s the summer holidays my daughter is on the case and cycling along to keep me running further 🙂

My work colleague will also be happy as Macmillan Cancer Support provide up to six iron on letters for your running top and there could only be one choice…Sparky! Good as well as keeps my Stoke City theme going which I manage to sneak in most races I do. Once I have received the top and fathomed out how an iron works I shall post a picture.

The charity I am running for on the 28th September is Macmillan Cancer Support whose nurses (along with their help line) do sterling work helping those with cancer and supporting their family and friends:

https://www.justgiving.com/ealing20142/

PS there is also Centrepoint who I ran the Dorney Dash 10K for. They are the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people. It supports over 6,000 16-25 year olds into housing and employment every year. Working directly in London and the north of England, Centrepoint also partners with other organisations across the UK and gives homeless young people a voice through the Centrepoint Parliament. It conducts research and influences government policy with the overall aim of ending youth homelessness.

 

https://www.justgiving.com/ealing2014/

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