This year, LonRes has chosen to support local charity Paul’s Cancer Support Centre which provides help to people affected by cancer, their families, and anyone who supports them, from their centre in Battersea and through their Home Visiting Service, when they are able to do so.
Their dedicated staff and volunteers offer a variety of one to one sessions, self management classes, one off workshops and wellbeing activities. Reg a Paul’s client explains why Paul’s Cancer Support Centre is so important:
I was diagnosed with cancer in February 2020. This came completely out of the blue and until then I had very little knowledge of cancer. It was always something that happened to someone else.
Discovering Paul’s Cancer Support Centre
I found Paul's when searching the internet after my diagnosis and I contacted them to see what they could offer. I had looked at other services, but I liked the personal service that Paul's offered. The staff I contacted were friendly and helpful advising me of the classes and groups on offer.
Tea and Chat
I was disappointed that I could not visit the centre because of lockdown. However, Paul’s were running a number of on-line classes via zoom, so I joined a monthly tea and chat group. In the chat group, I talked to fellow cancer patients, and got fascinating insights into their experiences. I learnt a lot and got some really valuable advice. I also met Colette in the chat group who is the leader of the Paul’s weekly singing group and she encouraged me to join. She is a remarkable teacher and makes every lesson fun. I have enjoyed every session, and discovered I have a singing voice!
On-line support from Paul’s making a difference
Having on-line sessions at Paul’s has given me the opportunity to talk to fellow sufferers, and to build a rapport with them. It has been so good to see people.
I have the fun and laughter of the singing sessions, and the friendship. It really has been a much-needed tonic.
I would not hesitate to recommend Paul’s. Both Angela who runs the tea and chat and Colette have made me feel very welcome, and I have found their sessions informative and fun. They have been wonderful. In between surgery and chemotherapy, the services I have experienced at Paul's, have been just what I needed.
I am very grateful for all the help and encouragement I have received. I know I only speak from limited experience, as I have not visited the centre, but once this lockdown is lifted, it will be one of my first points of call and I know I will be a regular attender at the centre.
LonRes is planning several fundraising activities over the year to support its three charities and Georgie Tarry, Office Manager will be embarking on a gruelling 100-mile challenge for Paul’s Cancer Support Centre on the 15th and 16th August by taking part in the Prudential My Ride London event.
This event encourages you and your family to get involved by cycling or scooting, skateboarding, getting on your trike, tandem, penny farthing, unicycle or roller skates. You can join Georgie to fundraise for Paul’s Cancer support as part of a campaign to help save the UK’s charities. by signing up here: https://myridelondon.co.uk/register and choose
My Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100: 100-mile ride
My Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46: 46-mile ride
My Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 19: 19-mile ride
My Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle: an event that allows you to set your own challenge (minimum distance 1km) on the wheels of your choice