Breast cancer charity awarded funding by the Caron Keating Foundation

North London-based breast cancer patient support charity Cancerkin[1] has this month been awarded a grant by the Caron Keating Foundation[2]. 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.

Pampering day for breast cancer patients

We are thrilled to announce that Cancerkin will be hosting a special pampering day on 25th January 2011. Thanks to the generosity of Laurel Herman Cancerkin will be providing a day of bliss for women living with breast cancer. Laurel has gathered together experts in hair styling, fashion, make up and general well-being to provide a day of consultation free to patients from the Royal Free Hospital.

Laurel Herman, a Hampstead business leader is recognised internationally as an innovator, authority on fashion and thought-leader in the fields of impact, image, confidence and personal development. She will host the day and begin by giving a talk to the group, providing image information and advice, after which the patients will all have the opportunity to indulge in a variety of beauty treatments – all completely free of charge! Laurel hosted a similar event in 2009 at Cancerkin, with all those who attended saying how much they had enjoyed the day. To view photos from 2009, please click here.

In her own words, Laurel said: “This is just a little contribution from us but an enormous lift for those living with cancer”.

The event will begin at 10.30am at the Cancerkin Centre and will last all day. Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day.

Please email Victoria at v.todd@cancerkin.org.uk or call 020 7830 2323 for information.