A warm welcome to all our supporters! We hope this newsletter finds you well and our monthly update helps to keep you informed with the work underway at Cancerkin’s East London programme.
There is still time to register for Hampstead Heath Walk 2015 Cancerkin’s annual walk takes place this week on Sunday 7 June 2015 and registration is still open if you haven’t already signed up. Participants can choose to walk either 5km or 10km, or there is a shorter route suitable for those who may be walking with pushchairs, or have restricted mobility. Ocean Spray has provided refreshments for all our walkers, and everyone who takes part will receive a free Cancerkin t-shirt. The walk is always a fun day for our patients, supporters and their families.
All the money raised will go directly to Cancerkin to help us to continue to provide free complementary therapies and support services across London.
Directions to Hampstead Heath: By bus: The C11, C2 and 214 all stop at stop GM (William Ellis School) on Highgate Road, where there is an entrance to the Heath. The bandstand is approximately 150m along that path.
By Tube: The nearest underground station is Kentish Town. The Highgate Road entrance is approximately 15 minutes away on foot, or 5 minutes on either the C2 or 214 bus.
By Overground: The nearest Overground station is Gospel Oak. The entrance to the Heath is to the left of the station, and the bandstand is approximately 500m along that path. The Overground is not running between Highbury and Islington and Gospel Oak on before 12.30pm on Sunday, or between Clapham Junction to Kensington Olympia all day. If you were planning on taking the Overground westbound, there are rail replacement buses from Highbury and Islington to Gospel Oak. If you were planning on taking the Overground eastbound from Clapham Junction, we recommend taking the tube to Kentish Town.
By National rail: National rail trains also stop at Kentish Town from Luton, Milton Keynes at St Albans to the north and from Wimbledon, Sutton and East Croydon to the South.
We look forward to seeing you there!
May Breast Awareness events The East London team have been working hard to raise breast awareness across the East London area.
This month we have had the opportunity to visit three organisations to promote breast health in the boroughs of Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets. On 6 May, we attended the Mums Wellness Celebration event hosted by the Osmani centre in Tower Hamlets, on 11 May we visited the Roma Support Group in Plaistow and on 15 May we participated in the Health and Wellbeing event at Homerton University Hospital in Hackney.
Our work at these locations was met with great enthusiasm and the feedback we received was positive. Our visits highlighted the importance of promoting breast health among minority groups, particularly for those who consider cancer to be a taboo topic.
Many thanks to Shelim Shakir from Osmani Trust, Sasha Staskova from the Roma Support Group and Madhu Agarwal from Homerton University Hospital for organising these engaging events.
If you are interested in raising breast awareness within your local organisation or community please get in contact with the East London team on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0207 830 2310.
Update on Monitoring & Evaluation The external Monitoring and Evaluation for the East London Programme, co-ordinated by Queen Mary University of London, is now entering into its second interview phase. We will be holding two patient focus group session at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney and the Given-Wilson Institute in Plaistow. This will give our East London patients the opportunity to further discuss the impact of our support services on their well-being and provide valuable feedback for the programme and local organisations. Our Breast Awareness Ambassadors (past and new) will also be interviewed providing feedback which will help us expand this aspect of the programme in the near future.
We would like to say a big thank you to all of you who have participated so far and encourage those who would like to give their feedback to get in touch. To give your thoughts on how the programme is run and how you would like to see it progress, please contact the East London team on email@example.com or 0207 830 2310.