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There is something for everyone…..

We have a range of events throughout the year. From large events such as our summer and Christmas parties to smaller groups and support to individual families. Many of the events are free and most are subsidised by our fundraising activities. We aim to make our events enjoyable and to enable people to meet with others who are on the same journey. Come and share stories, tips and feel part of things once again. Get in touch:

info@headandneckcancer.life

Monthly drop in

Please come and join us at Shalford Village Hall (GU4 8BQ) on the third Thursday of every month usually 2.30-4.00 pm. (This can vary due to the speaker’s availability). All are welcome including friends, family and carers. If it feels a bit daunting get in touch and one of the team can meet you beforehand. As well as a speaker you will also have an opportunity to meet other members over a free cup of tea or coffee and sometimes home made cake.
We also arrange talks and activities, details of which will be posted on the website and emailed to members…….If you can’t make it you can always get in touch with us: info@headandneckcancer.life

You can find more information about Shalford Village Hall and how to get there either by bus or train at https://shalfordvillagehall.org.uk. Free refreshments will be provided and don’t worry if you don’t fancy eating or drinking. Also there are plenty of free car parking spaces!

OUR NEXT DROP IN IS ON 21/03/25

We hope you are able to come and join us at 2.30 at Shalford Village Hall for a coffee and chat. Our speaker this month is Mandeep Bajwa and he will be covering the patient participation project at The Royal Surrey Hospital.

Other events in 2024

We are pulling a programme together that will include: a quiz night, a specialist dining experience, garden visit, Birdworld, a show in Woking, a Heritage day visit and the Christmas Party.

Our last session

The charity would like to thank  Sue Bond for attending  our Shalford Village Hall meeting.
Sue is an aromatherapist and Reiki  Practitioner at the Fountain Centre based at the RSCH (bondsue@hotmail.com).
Sue explained that Reiki is a type of energy healing. As a complimentary therapy it is sometimes used as a palliative or supportive therapy for people with cancer. It aims to relax you, ease stress and tension and help with well being.
Sue defined aromatherapy as  a practice based on the use of aromatic materials, including essential oils. An interesting discussion followed on  Olfactory & massage aromatherapy . The scents of certain oils can help to boost mood and promote relaxation. The group found it an interesting and informative discussion.
A thank you to Allan for providing the delicious homemade  Victoria Sandwich Cake .

Was there any cake left?

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Links with the team at the Royal Surrey

Patrick & Sandra recently paid a visit to Clandon Ward and were  joined by one of the Consultants Mr. David Walker to talk about links between the Hospital and the Charity.

Sandra was given the opportunity to  meet the nursing team and to show them some of the opportunities and events offered to our members.The staff were very impressed with what is provided in terms of support and activities and were enthusiastic about encouraging patients and their families to join in.

Patrick Chapman and Consultant Mr. David Walker

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Our next drop in session is on 15/02/24

We hope you are able to come and join us at 2.30 at Shalford Village Hall for a coffee and chat. Our speaker this month is Sue Bond who works in the Fountain centre and is an aromatherapist and Reiki Practioner.

The session on March 21st will be covering the patient participation project at The Royal Surrey Hospital.

look forward to seeing you soon

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Best wishes to you all for this holiday season.

Our Christmas Party held 9th December 2023 was a great success

A big thank you to the following;  

The Deputy Mayor Sallie Barker MBE. for supporting our event this year. 

Charlie & Jorge for the wonderful music. 

Father Christmas for taking time out of his busy schedule!

Ashley our photographer and Hospital staff for their attendance.

John, the Social Club Manager, for all his help and the Committee for the delicious buffet.

Those who donated prizes for the raffle including Bletchley Park and the jockey club and the hyacinth bulbs for sale. Combined we raised £196.00. Special thanks for the ongoing support we have had from Beaverbrooks the jewellers.

Wishing you all a Happy Christmas ūüéĄand look forward to seeing you for our next meeting on January 18th 2024.

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A small thank you to the hospital staff

Sandra on behalf of the charity delivered tubs of chocolates with a Christmas card to the following departments at the RSCH;
Head&Neck clinic OPD 8
Max fac OPD clinic
ENT Operating Theatres
Clandon Ward
Radiotherapy Department St.Lukes
The staff in all departments were very appreciative of the gesture

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Christmas Fair City of London Freemans School 2nd December 2023

A big thank you to the generosity of everyone who attended yesterday’s school Christmas Fair . After 4 hours of bucket shaking the charity has raised over £500 and we are still counting the coins!
Katie Wood organised this opportunity and her daughter joined the bucket shaking with Jan and myself. 
Best wishes to all and look forward to seeing everyone at the Christmas Party.

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Thanks to Anne Hope

We were very lucky that Anne was able to join us as our last speaker of 2023. The session was interactive and was fascinating as Anne covered some of the changes and advances in treatment approaches over the last 20 years. She talked us through some of the latest developments including immunotherapy and the RSCH plans for the future. We were very grateful to her for taking time out of her busy schedule.

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Physiotherapy tips

A big thank you to Joanne Ansell for attending our  Thursday afternoon coffee meeting at Shalford Village  Hall.  Good advice was given as to the best exercise routines to follow, before and after surgery / radiotherapy treatment. These included keeping as active as possible before surgery and doing deep diaphragmatic breathing exercises. The members were able to put forward their queries to Joanne over a cuppa away from a busy clinic environment. She also suggested what to pack in your hospital bag which included loose clothing, ear plugs and eye mask. She explained that as they like to get you moving asap after surgery make sure to take some footwear that you can fasten e.g. Velcro slippers or trainers, they are great as they can be adjusted if your feet swell. Her time was most appreciated by all present.
We now have Physiotherapy Exercise Information sheets available on request by email and they will be on display at our next meeting for those who would like one.Joanne has kindly marked the four most important exercises to assist you in gaining a healthy recovery.

Best wishes to all and our next speaker will be 
Anne Hope 16 th November.

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Well being event at the University of Surrey

We enjoyed meeting people who have been treated at the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust at this gathering. It gave the invitees an opportunity to listen to talks from health care professionals and ask questions. We were there to explain the type of support our Charity is able to offer.

Don’t forget to get in touch: info@headandneckcancer.life

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Royal SurreyNHS Foundation Trust community open day

We were delighted to have met so many people at this very busy open day. Our stall at this event enabled us to network with health care professionals, service users and students interested in work experience. Our apologies to one young man as we don’t have many work experience opportunities for Spider-Man…but for any one else drop us a line: info@headandneckcancer.life

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Trip to Watts Gallery

We had an interesting and informative visit on Saturday 9/09/23 with a guided tour of the house. We then visited the Art Gallery  and viewed the sculptures . 
The Victorian Virtual Reality  exhibition is dedicated to stereoscopy and the  largest display of original items from the Brian May Archive. Great fun looking at all the images.
We then enjoyed afternoon tea and a chat together in the gardens on the hottest day of the year!

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Come and join us at the Royal Surrey Hospital open day.

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Thank you Beaverbrooks!

Following on from the announcement that BeaverbrooksJewellers had adopted us as a nominated charity to officially support, we can report that on Wednesday 6th September committee members were invited to the store in the Friary Centre to receive a donation. We were thrilled to receive a cheque for ¬£1,800.

We would like to express our gratitude to Maxine Hill and all her staff at the Friary Centre store together with Beaverbrooksgenerally for their support.

This money will make a huge difference and will be used to help fund organised trips and the continued hiring of ShalfordVillage Hall for our meetings with talks, conversation and afternoon tea.

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Royal Surrey Hospital Social Club 21/09/23 at 14.00-15.00

Please come and join us for our AGM followed by refreshments.

The meeting will briefly cover areas that are mandatory for Charities including a financial report a review of the past year and election of officers.
Also there will be an opportunity to meet with Dr Mandeep Bajwa who is leading a research forum looking at patient reported outcomes as well as patient and carer involvement in head and neck cancer services. The project is supported by the Royal Surrey County Hospital and the University of Surrey.

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Denbies Vineyard Tour 15th July

This was a popular trip to the famous vineyard near Dorking Surrey. It is one of England’s largest single estate vineyards so we were glad that we chose to tour the 265 acres by train. The tour was both enjoyable and informative with marvellous views.

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City of London Freeman’s School Summer Fayre 24 th June 2023

The Second Chance Charity were invited to attend this event. The collection raised £69 . Thank you to all who contributed and to Katie, Lila and Charlie for their assistance.
This money will fund our next outing  for members to Denbies Vineyard .
Best wishes to all, 
Sandra Levinge (Chair)

The Charity’s Collection team Sandra, Charlie,Lila and Katie
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Ask a Speech and Language Therapist

A Specialist Head & Neck  Speech and  Language Therapist Tracie Mansell gave a very informative talk today in tropical heat weather conditions! Tracie updated us on the latest developments in Laryngectomy treatment and care. There were various products on display for  helping with trismus and dry mouth which were some of the topics discussed.
The talk concluded with a very helpful question and answer session.
Thank you also to Allan for the delicious coffee cake enjoyed by all.

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Visit to Denbie’s vineyard

We would like to invite members to join us on an outing to Denbies Estate, Dorking on 15/07/23. We are planning to take the ‚Äėvineyard train tour‚Äô. This travels around the 265 acre estate with an informative commentary.
The group will be meeting at 10.30am. This will give time to explore the art exhibition and shop before the tour commences at 11.00am. The Charity will fund the cost of the tour. We will need at least 12 attendees to make the trip viable.
After the tour we will be moving on to the cafe where refreshments will be available for members to purchase for themselves. Those attending can also independently arrange wine tasting. This should be arranged in advance through Denbies website. Please let us know if you would like to come by 15/06/23.

Other news…….

Second Chance would like to announce our new partnership with Beaverbrooks Jewellers. They have agreed to supply the teas and coffees for the Thursday morning Head & Neck Clinic at the RSCH. Maxine and Egilija have also become hospital volunteers and from 15th June will be serving these beverages to patients in the waiting area.
The new volunteers outside the store in the Friary Centre, Guildford.
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Ask a dietitian

Blasting nutritional myths ….

We had a very enjoyable session with Claire Hanika Advanced dietitian, Head and Neck Oncology from The Macmillan Aftercare and Rehabilitation Service based at the Royal Surrey Hospital on 18/05/23.

Claire led us through the myths and facts associated with healthy eating. Who knew drinking Ribena helps with iron absorption and drinking Coca Cola can increase cholesterol and Diet Coke can reduce cholesterol ? We were delighted to hear a small amount of 70% dark chocolate can be good for you. We had plenty of tea and homemade cake available …. luckily Claire didn’t put us off the delicious home made Victoria Sponge.

Thanks to Claire for taking time out of her busy schedule to share her knowledge.

you can find copies of Claire’s presentation in the resources section on this website. Apologies for the quality …….hopefully we will be able to revive our scanner soon……

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Visit to Farnham Castle 26th April 2023

I would like to thank Derek Carpenter and the team at Farnham Castle for the warm welcome we received on arrival.

The guides who took us round the Bishops Palace and Castle were very informative and brought to life the fascinating history behind the site. Everyone agreed the tour was a great success.

The group then went on to the Farnham Park café. A friendly and efficient staff served us with tea and coffee and delicious cakes. A perfect ending to the day!

It is a very popular wedding venue and many of the rooms were set out for a celebration

If you would like to visit the Bishop’s Palace and Castle Keep we would certainly recommend a tour with one of the volunteer guides.

These are available every Wednesday afternoon 2-4pm at a cost of £5. There is no need to book but they recommend that you check the website for tour availability just in case:

https//www.farnham-castle.com

or call the Head Palace Guide : 01252 714674

Farnham Castle, Castle Street, Farnham, Surrey GU9 0AG

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Atos

At our last drop in session at Shalford Village Hall we were joined by Sonia Rahim and Becky Field from Atos. A big thanks to them for refreshments as well as our superb resident cake maker ( a superb lemon drizzle).‚ÄėSonia and Becky first told us about the role of the best start and field nurses. When a patient is registered with Atos by their speech and language therapist they are offered the opportunity to trouble shoot any problems that might occur in the early days with a best start nurse. Typically they could be helping with stoma care, base plates, voicing with valves or using an electrolarynx. If necessary the Atos nurse can contact the relevant health care professionals on the patient‚Äôs behalf. In addition patients registered with Atos will have access to a nurse for as long as they need. They gave us a really helpful opportunity to discuss travelling safely this summer. Atos also have online support in the form of online coffee mornings, webinars and my life events.

There is an online Coffee and Conversation session on 25/05/23 at 10 am. Also there are other online sessions:

15/06/23 2-3pm about A guide to travelling safely this summer. The session for tracheostomy is on 13/06/23 2-3pm

29/06/23 2-3pm an online workshop for improving taste and smell

for more information:

Upcoming Events & Webinars

Get in touch with Atos:

0753 741 7928

or email: events.uk@atosmedical.com

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Afternoon Tea

Some members met at Garson’s Farm on the 22/03/2023 for a chat plus optional tea and cake.

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Tai Chi Class at Shalford Village Hall 16/03/23

A special thank you to Mr. Robin Sheldrake for instructing our class. We learned how Tai Chi, as an ancient oriental art can, over time, help revitalise mind, body and spirit.

This moderate form of exercise can help to improve flexibility, reduce muscle pain and improve circulation and balance. Everyone present thoroughly enjoyed the experience, learning something new.

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Members self help tips for Laryngectomy.

We would like to thank Steve for his well presented talk. He shared his personal story from his diagnosis to his laryngectomy operation.

 He then discussed aftercare of  his laryngectomy tube and skin care of his neck.

There followed an interesting discussion where people could exchange tips and express their views and experiences.

 We concluded the meeting on a very positive note, as we tucked into Allan’s homemade totally delicious cheese biscuits!

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New Chairman

Dear Members,

As some of you may be aware, Margaret Faultless stepped down as Chair at our recent AGM. Those present expressed their gratitude for all she had achieved over many years, having been one of the founder members of the Charity. Fortunately she has agreed to continue as a Committee member.

As the new Chair, I look forward to working with other Committee members to continue our commitment to provide both support and social functions that I hope will be of interest to all.

Best Wishes, Sandra Levinge   

Coming soon……

February 16th Shalford Village Hall Meeting at 3pm

Mr Charles Coffils and Mr. Stephen Rainbird have kindly agreed to  give a talk on ,

Practical self-help tips for Laryngectomy

March 22nd  Garson Farm Caf√©, Winterdown Road, Esher KT10 8LS

An invitation to join us for cake and coffee and have a wander around  this lovely centre afterwards.

Meet Margaret at the main entrance at 2.30pm.

We are also planning to visit in April, The Bishops Palace at Farnham Castle, this will be a guided tour.

In July we will be having a Garden Party. Dates for these  events will be posted once confirmed

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Dry Mouth

We would like to thank Jackie Whiteley the Oralieve representative for attending our Shalford Village Hall meeting on the 19th January. 

It was a very interesting talk discussing dry mouth problems following treatment. Members were able to raise their individual issues and receive some good advice. Free samples and instruction literature was available to distribute throughout the group.

( Jackie was generous and left us with some resources and testers so that we will be able to display leaflets and samples at the next meeting).
For more information:

https://www.oralieve-direct.co.uk/