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OUR AIM IS TO ALLEVIATE THE
PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL
DISTRESS OF CANCER PATIENTS
AND THEIR CARERS
 

Our meetings and support covers
ST IVES, HUNTINGDON and RAMSEY
and surrounding areas.

 SO ARE YOU,
OR SOMEONE YOU CARE FOR,
AFFECTED BY CANCER OR A LIFE THREATENING ILLNESS?

 Sometimes you may need a place to
off-load, a chance to re-charge, or to meet other people who know what you
are going through.
We offer a free cuppa and a chat.
Free advice on problems
whether physical,
social or emotional.
Free individual relaxation therapy and
free collective relaxation sessions.
We also offer free social outings.

Phone Julia on
07739 934524

Or email Julia
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LATEST NEWS

A Big Thank You to a fundraiser for Acorn

£2200 that the amount Acorn received from the St Ives Centre Theatre Players today. They raised the money through cabaret shows at the Burgess Hall on the evenings of 23rd and 24th September. An absolutely huge vote of thanks go the Director, Richard Chalkley, the Players and support team for agreeing that Acorn could be the beneficiary of the events, and for giving all their time, and efforts in rehearsals and shows to bring about such a wonderful outcome. Our picture shows Julia Mitchell, Simon Townsend, Richard Chalkley and Colin Hyams.

Young Ladies Help Acorn
ladiesAcorn has some new "ambassadors" - the Swavesey Spartans Under16s young ladies football team. As can be seen from the photograph they are wearing the Acorn logo and title on their shirts. These were kindly provided by Chris Melville, so many thanks to him for this innovative idea. Hopefully, this will also bring publicity to the team as well as Acorn. They deserve it too, as they are top of their league. I watched them last Saturday win 3-0. So there's a thought for you, why not support them at an occasional match.

Their home ground is the Recreation Ground in Elsworth - yes Elsworth (not Swavesey). You can get to Elsworth by going south from Hilton and then first left, for about a mile. The other good news is that the Recreation ground is opposite the Poacher Inn. Kick -off is at 1100am on the dates they play. Home fixtures are 19th Nov, 26th Nov, 10th Dec, 7th Jan, 21st Jan, and 4th Feb

More funding news
More funding news Acorn future has been more assured by a grant from Huntingdon Freemen’s Trust towards rental costs at the MS Centre. The grant is for £840 each year: covering this year and the following two years. In total the amount awarded is £2520. This clearly is wonderful news and our heartfelt thanks go out to the Trustees of Huntingdon Freemen’s Trust, who once again have responded so generously to our approach for support

Hot off the press 1st September
We have just received the fantastic news that Acorn is to receive £524 from the Waitrose Huntingdon Community Support (green disc) Scheme. Acorn was one of three local charities for the month of August contending for a share of the £1000.

So enormous thanks to Waitrose Huntingdon for selecting Acorn to be one of 3 charities for August, and of course to all those shoppers who dropped their green disc into our box.

Please be our ambassador
Hopefully from your visit here or to our Facebook page you will see how Acorn is an antidote to loneliness and isolation that cancer patients and their carers may feel.

Please become our ambassador by telling anyone you know who may be affected in this way, about Acorn. There is no reason for anyone in the Huntingdon District Council area with cancer to be lonely.

Tell them: “Join Acorn and you will find a lively and supportive group who fully understand the issues you face. Moreover, you will have access to free complementary relaxation therapies, and free refreshments at their meetings, plus a number of very enjoyable boat trips and other free social outings.

Yes, everything really is provided at no-cost to you. "

An Opportunity to make a difference with the Acorn Cancer Support Group
Are you recently or soon-to-be retired? If so you may be wondering how you can continue to use the administrative skills you have developed in your career to good effect post-retirement.

An opportunity exists to ensure that your talents do not go to waste. Do consider joining Acorn’s management team in a voluntary role. Acorn is a registered charity of 18 years standing, and though small in financial terms (budget c13K pa) , it needs to have all the functions of any small company. In other words, it has all of the following functions: governance, ambassadorial liaison with its current and potential sponsors, marketing and promotion, personnel and financial management, fund-raising and networking, social event and activity coordination, and maintenance of its IT presence (Facebook/Website/Acorn pages on other sites). However, all are occasional and none of these take up an inordinate amount of time.

Several of these tasks are carried out by the current Secretary and Treasurer who have been in post for some 8 years. Unsurprisingly they want to step-down and are now looking for successors. This is not intended to be a precipitous exit as they would wish to offer shadowing before hand- over is completed. Also, clearly there can be negotiation of any mix of tasks for an individual so as to match role against experience and personal skills.

Please contact Gordon on gordon.dyer@btinternet.com if you would like to talk through the opportunity. If you do and subsequently join our team you will be part of a committed group who gain a great reward from helping to support those in the local area who are affected by cancer. The reward comes from knowing that what you do really does make a huge difference to those we help.

 Finally, two further points of reassurance:
 (1) No medical background is required for any role. Acorn focuses on the social dimension of support as an antidote to the loneliness and isolation that families affected by cancer may feel

 (2) Acorn has a solid financial base and a diverse pool of recent sponsors.

If this is not for you, but you know of someone else who has management experience and with time to spare during the day then please share this notice with them.

Great News - and another date for your diary
The great news is that St Ives Centre Theatre Players have chosen Acorn to be the charity to benefit from the proceeds of their Annual Cabaret which is to be held at Burgess Hall on the 23rd and 24th September. So enormous thanks to SICTP for choosing Acorn to support, and in anticipation for what is bound to be a most enjoyable and fun event. Further details are shown on the flyer. There is likely to be about 200 seats available on each evening.

More wonderful news! 1st August
The immediate past Mayor of St Ives, Cllr Ian Jackson has just donated over £321 to Acorn. This came from the Charity Fund that he generated during his time as Mayor.
Ian has been to our St Ives group several times and is always a popular visitor. Grateful thanks are due to him for thinking of Acorn and for his support of our work

Dates for your diary

This year's members  Christmas Lunch will be held at the Dolphin St Ives on Friday 9 December.

Usual arrangement - arrive at 12 noon for a pre-lunch drink if you wish. We will move to the dining room at 1230.

Look forward to seeing you there, so don't forget to book your place(s) with Julia when she opens the list which she usually does in October.

Boat trips - watch out for 2017 dates
The our final boat trip for 2016 was a great success.

Moving times
Film club begins with lunch at 1.30pm. The expectation is that our members will not normally arrive for the event before 1.15pm. 

Film Club
Here are the movies planned for the Film Club.

Month
Title
Brief Summary
Oct 5
Suffragette
Suffragette “The foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State.” Starring Carry Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter
Nov 2
The Revenant
“A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.” Starring Leonardo Di Caprio (Oscars for Best actor and best film)
Dec 7
Bridge of Spies
“During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.” Starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance (Oscar)

The Film Club is held at the Field Lodge Hotel, London Rd, St Ives , starting with light lunch at 1.30pm and film show at 2pm. Contact Gordon if interested – only 12 places available.

 

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