North London-based breast cancer patient support charity Cancerkin has this month been awarded a grant by the Caron Keating Foundation. Founded and run by Gloria Hunniford in memory of her daughter Caron, the foundation has donated funds to Cancerkin to provide dance therapy classes for women with breast cancer across greater London for one year.
The latest addition to Cancerkin’s comprehensive programme of complementary therapies, dance therapy is a well recognised form of complementary medicine. It is considered to help patients deal with pain, the fear of death and changes in body image. It provides an opportunity to relax and express ones feelings, and to escape the pain and emotional difficulties faced by those living and coping with serious illness.
Gloria Hunniford said of the grant: “We admire your project and hope that the grant will help you further your excellent work.”
Throughout 2010, Cancerkin has been working to extend its free services to marginalised women in East London. The charity was invited by St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney to take our therapists and experienced patients to the area, helping and supporting over 60 women with breast cancer.
In February 2011, Cancerkin will have the honour of welcoming Professor Sir Mike Richards, National Clinical Director for Cancer at the Department of Health and UK cancer Tsar, to speak at its inaugural annual lecture.