Shine Dorset – new members lunch Oct 2012

We had a lovely lunch today at Frankie & Bennys at Castlepoint in Bournemouth – it was great to catch up with some existing Shine members and also meet some new ones!

It was also a great opportunity to talk about our plans for the rest of the year including starting to plan our Christmas party which will be on 15th December (book the date in your diaries now!!)

The feedback on our latest idea to host a weekly, fun exercise class has also been really positive so we are moving on with our plans to do that as soon as we can!   We are hoping to provide a weekly fun, mixed ability dance based exercise class which is for Shine members and their families (saves getting a babysitter!) Having a private class will mean that people will have the chance to meet up and chat to others as well as having the opportunity to exercise in a relaxed environment.

We all know that exercise is good for you, particularly after cancer treatment, but it can be difficult for people who have faced treatment including surgery, chemotherapy and or radiotherapy to have the confidence or ability to join a standard class at their local gym.  By creating a class just for Shine members, we are removing a lot of the body confidence issues faced by many after cancer.

If anyone has any suggestions or ideas for venues or teachers, please get in touch with Emma by emailing her at

Thanks x

Life interrupted – A workshop!

Ceinwen & Emma both attended this years Macmillan Cancer Voices conference on the 12th & 13th October. This conference is for volunteers affected by cancer either as a patient or a carer who are active in Macmillans cancer voice programme.

Shine hosted a workshop at the event entitled ‘Life interrupted, dealing with cancer in your 20s, 30s & 40s’

 The workshop was oversubscribed and was rated a great success by the people who did get to attend.

The main output from the workshop is a great start to the style and content of Shines new series of online guides to the common issues faced by young adults cancer patients

Part of our plans for Shine and the small c project is to produce a series of ‘real life guides’ to some of the common issues faced by people dealing with cancer at this age.

From our online survey and our workshops, we have established a list of common topics that people need help with that are either not addressed at all during treatment or are not managed in an age-specific way.

Topics such as dating after cancer or returning to work are areas where there are no ‘one size fits all’ solutions but we believe that these

 guides, written by people that have been there, will help to reduce the isolation and give people positive ways to cope or specific helpful hints and tips to help them deal with these issues.

As we write the guides we will need your input! Get in touch if you feel you have something to contribute or look out for our email requests for help….

Lin & Andy Trek 81 miles for Shine!

We are happy to announce that Shine member Lin, along with her husband Andy, have raised a whopping £1040 for Shine following an 81 mile trek along the South West Coast Path this summer.

Lin was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in December 2008 and faced 6 months of gruelling treatments including surgery and radiotherapy.  Following the successful treatments, Lin now has a 95% chance of the cancer not returning.

She heard about Shine Cancer Support during a Macmillan training course and has since been an active member. As well as being supported herself, Lin has been inspired to help others going through similar experiences.

Having already planned and run two successful fundraising pamper days, raising nearly £2000 for Shine, Lin and her husband Andy decided to take on the challenge of this 81 mile trek from Beer in Devon to Poole in Dorset.

Lin says “Shine makes a difference because it is not just a support group. It is a social experience where you can just have a laugh and meet other cancer patients. It is not all doom and gloom no matter what your prognosis.”

Talking about the trek, Lin says “My husband and I have been discussing doing this trek for a few years and we  finally organised it! It is exciting to use the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for Shine at the same time.

“We were soaked through on a few days but dried off in the end, there were so many hills as well but we are so pleased to have done it!”

We would like to say a massive well done and thank you to Lin and Andy for their huge achievement!

Thank you!




If you would like to raise money for Shine, you can easily create online sponsorship pages using 

On the fringe….

One of our Trustees, Ceinwen, spoke at a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference on 8th October 2012. Organised by 2020 Health, a health-focused think tank, Ceinwen sat on a panel with Ciaran Devine, Chief Executive of Macmillan, Camilla Cavendish, Associate Editor at the Times, and Charles Elphicke, MP for Dover and Deal. Ceinwen spoke about her experience as a cancer patient and the importance of ensuring that patients remain at the centre of the care offered by the NHS. The event was well attended (considering George Osborne was speaking at the same time!) and covered a range of topics including the role of working cultures in promoting (and hindering) improvements in patient care and experience. Overall, the day was a great way to increase knowledge about Shine and to meet others active in the cancer care sector.