New 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 speakerā€™s availability). You will also have an opportunity to meet other members over a cup of tea or coffee.
We also arrange talks and activities .. details of which will be posted on the website and emailed to membersā€¦ā€¦.If you canā€™t make it you can always get in touch with us:
You can find more information about Shalford Village Hall at

The next meeting at Shalford Village Hall is on Thursday 15th June 2023 14.00- 16.00

Ask a ā€¦.Speech and Language Therapist

Tracie Mansell a Specialist Head & Neck Speech and Language Therapist willĀ  be giving a presentation and answering all your questions starting at around 2pm

Dry mouth, texture modified diets, radiotherapy induced Trismus and latest developments in laryngectomy will be a few of the topics discussed.

There will  also be a question and answer opportunity for the group.

Refreshments will be provided and remember there is plenty of car parking spaces!


Visit to Denbieā€™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 ā€˜vineyard train tourā€™. This travels around the 265 acre estate with an informative commentary.
The group will be meetingĀ at 10.30am. This will give time to explore the art exhibition and shop before the tour commencesĀ 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 newsā€¦ā€¦.

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

Ask a dietitian

Blasting nutritional myths ā€¦.

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 ā€¦. luckily Claire didnā€™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 Claireā€™s presentation in the resources section on this website. Apologies for the quality ā€¦ā€¦.hopefully we will be able to revive our scanner soonā€¦ā€¦


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 cafƩ. 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 Bishopā€™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 Ā£5. There is no need to book but they recommend that you check the website for tour availability just in case:


or call the Head Palace Guide : 01252 714674

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



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).ā€˜Sonia 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 patientā€™s 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:


Afternoon Tea

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


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.


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!


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 LevingeĀ  Ā 

Coming soonā€¦ā€¦

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 CafĆ©, 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


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:


Second Chance Christmas Party

This yearā€™s Christmas Party was a great success.

The event was well attended by both members and members of staff. It was lovely to see everyone together again. Music was provided by Charlie and Jorge and a buffet by Committee members. There was a visit from Father Christmas and all in all a very festive atmosphere.

Many thanks to those who generously donated prizes for the raffle and to those who bought tickets. We managed to raise Ā£150 on the night which will help to fund some of next yearā€™s events.

Also, a special thank you to the Royal Surrey Social Club manager, John, for his help.

The Committee would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone the compliments of the Season and a very Happy New Year. 


Macmillan and Boots

Some of you may already be aware that Boots the chemist and Macmillan are now working closely together. Some branches now have Macmillan information pharmacists who have had extra training from McMillan that covers more than offering advice to people with queries about their medication and side effects. They are able to signpost you to services and discuss ways to keep yourself healthy. If you do not want to go into a store you can book a video consultation. For more information:

I went into a branch to talk to one of the Macmillan beauty advisors who have received additional training from Macmillan to help people with beauty advice that may help you feel better about some of the physical side effects of cancer treatment. From changes in skin tone and texture to help to redefine brows and lashes they can offer you a free consultation at selected No 7 counters in Guildford, Farnham, Camberley and Staines. For more information:


Visit to Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on 6th December to see Jack and the beanstalk

Charity members joined forces with the St Pius Badminton Group and enjoyed a night out at the pantomime. This was a thoroughly enjoyable show. We all came away feeling we would sleep better knowing the giant had no interest in eating Jack, or anyone else for that matter,Ā as he was a vegetarian. It warmed our hearts that he was also aĀ Botanist and supporter of green issues!

Christmas sweets for the Staff at The Royal Surrey County Hospital

On 6thĀ December a delivery of Christmas sweets was made on behalf of the Charity to thank Royal Surrey County Hospital staff in departments connected to our members. This included the Head and Neck Outpatients Clinic, the MaxFac OPD Clinic, Clandon Ward, Radiotherapy Department and ENT Theatres. This gesture appeared gratefully received.Ā Ā 


Our thanks to parents and students of City of London Freemanā€™s school

We attended their School Christmas Fair 3rdDecember 2022

We are grateful to Dr Katie Wood who managed to arrange for us to collect voluntary contributions at the door for the benefit of our Charity.

Dr Wood and her daughters together with Charlie and Sandra were there to shake buckets at the entrance forĀ theĀ duration of the fair. With the generosity of those attending we were able to raise funds in excess of Ā£500.00. This was a magnificentĀ effortĀ and many thanks to all those involved.

Fundraising People




We will be holding a brief AGM before our Christmas Party on Saturday 10th December @ 1.30pm at:

Royal Surrey Social Club, 1 Gill Avenue, Guildford. GU2 7 WW.

This short meeting will cover the Charityā€™s financial position, election of officers and plans for the future.

Living On-Line

Looking for information?

You may have chosen to visit this website because either you or someone that you know is concerned about head and neck cancer.

Early detection is important and increases the success of any treatments so please do not put off seeking advice from either your GP or dentist if you are concerned about changes in your neck and mouth.

If you are looking for information about the signs or symptoms have a look in our resources section.

The following link has information on how to check for signs of head and neck cancer yourself:

Events People

Shalford Village Hall

Everyone said parking was easy and they enjoyed the chance to catch up. We agreed some topics for the next couple of sessions so come and join us at 14.30 on 15/12/22. We have had to cancel our planned topic due to disruption of the train services that would make travel difficult for our session leader. We will be Christmassy instead!

24 people came and thereā€™s room for more.
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Message from the President

Unfortunately our Group activities were forced into hibernation by Covid during 2020 and 2021.
2022 has seen a re awakening Ā of our Groupā€™s activities which we have attempted to make more varied and exciting. They are detailed elsewhere on the Website.
This year we have welcomed some new and active members to the Group and we look forward to seeing more new faces in the the coming weeks and months.
We plan to recommence our Thursday morning Head and Neck MDT Clinic coffee mornings however because it is on hospital grounds before we can start we need to catch up with the Hospitalā€™s statutory and mandatory training.
Our monthly ā€˜drop inā€™ afternoons are starting again on the third THURSDAY of each month and commence this month on the 17th. November. They are for New and Old Group members.
We are now holding these meetings at Shalford Village Hall which has many advantages including being in walking distance of the Shalford Train station and there is a map showing the way there elsewhere on the website.
The upcoming dates of these meetings, all of which will have a theme to the meeting, are: 17th. November Ā andĀ 15th. December 2022Ā thenĀ 19th. January 2023., etc.
All the meetingsĀ start at 2.30pm. We look forward to seeing many of you at these meetings.
N.B. Ā Ā Donā€™t forget the usual Christmas PartyĀ on 10th. December at the usualĀ venue of the Royal Surrey County Hospital Social Club in Gill Avenue GuildfordĀ at 2.00pm. RSVP please before 3/12/22.

Best wishes to everyone

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Events Fundraising On-Line People

Have you ever considered volunteering?

We are always are happy to welcome people who are considering volunteering. Even if you only have 1 or 2 hours to spare every month or a few hours once or twice a year we have plenty of things to do.

ā€¦.it could be fundraising, running activities at a group meeting, helping with our IT, adding to our links section, writing something for our stories sectionā€¦

if youā€™re interested please email us : or, if you would like to see what we do and meet some volunteers please come along to Shalford Village Hall, Shalford. GU4 8BQ on Thursday 17/11/22 or Thursday 15/12/22 between 14.30 and 16.00.

look forward to hearing from you ā€¦

Fundraising Living People

Fundraising this Autumn

Events People

It isnā€™t always about tea and cake but more about being with people who understand

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A trip to a pick your own fruit farm and garden centre

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A guided tour of the gardens at Losely Park this summer


Some of our 2022 events.

Visit to Brooklands Museum
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Fundraising this Autumn

On a wet and unusually windy Saturday in November we raised just over Ā£200 at the Cranleigh School Christmas Fair. Our thanks to all the people who came out and bought things from the stall. The Christmas chutney was our best seller this year. The money will be used for the Christmas Party and fund the hire of the Village Hall in Shalford for our new monthly meetings.