Efforts to improve the lives of cancer patients

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Lesley Clissett and Amanda Anderson, Organisers. Photo: Nekesa Kimuna

A cancer charity managed to raise close to £100 over the weekend. Patients will benefit from the proceeds which will go to Tenovus Cancer Care. Various artistes attended the Craft Fair at the weekend and showcased their expertise in a bid to lure customers with attractive, hand-made items. Speaking from experience, the organizers of the event acknowledged the importance of such initiatives to cancer patients and survivors.

In a world where so many terrible things are happening, acts of kindness and genuine goodness are rare to find. Volunteers take time out of their schedules to invest in their hobbies which more often than not have a positive impact on patients’ lives.

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Rachel Kingsbury, Volunteer Photo: Nekesa Kimuna

Rachel Kingsbury, one of the artistes at the Craft Fair started making candles in tea-cups to raise money for Cancer Research Wales. She took on the challenge to walk the great wall of China in nine days. Part of the challenge was to raise £3000, of which £2000 would go to Cancer Research Wales. She has run her own craft events as well and feels the stress was worth it, having raised close to £500 on all occassions.

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Craft Fair, St Andrew’s Church. Photo: Nekesa Kimuna

According to the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit (WCISU), breast, prostate, lung and bowel cancers are the most common. However, the melanoma incidence rate increased by over three quarters for men and by over a third for women, whilst liver cancer rates increased by 65 per cent in men and by 42 per cent in women. Welsh women have one of the highest lung cancer incidence rates in Europe.

Did you know around 2,600 men are diagnosed with prostate or testicular cancer every year in Wales? Or that incidence of prostate cancer is 25% higher in Wales than in the UK overall? As survival rates improve, each year there are even more men living with and beyond cancer. For more information on cancer in Wales, visit the WCISU website.

One of the most effective initiatives by Tenovus Cancer has been Sing with Us choirs. They are fun, uplifting and friendly, and are open to anyone affected by cancer whether a patient, survivor, carer or someone who has been bereaved through cancer.  There are no requirements like ability to read music or sing like Adele. Every voice counts.

Tenovus  also bring treatment closer home to patients.  Their Mobile Support Units have been bringing cancer treatment and support closer to home since 2009. Since then, they have treated more than 5,000 patients and delivered nearly 25,000 treatments. Over the years, they’ve saved patients hundreds of thousands of miles in journeys to hospital

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Tenovusbus. Photo: Tenovus Cancer Care

They’re also working with Prostate Cancer UK, with funding from Men’s health charity Movember, to bring the UK’s first ManVan to the men of Wales. The ManVan travels to communities across the country to support men living with, and affected by, prostate and testicular cancer. The ManVan is a converted, 38ft American-style motorhome. It’s bringing nurse advice, one to one counselling, couples’ counselling, group support and welfare rights advice to men who live in deprived or hard-to-reach areas.

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ManVan. Photo: Tenovus Cancer Care

There a number of events that people can be part of/volunteer. Find the link here.

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Candles for Cancer. Photo: Nekesa Kimuna.

 

 

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