big dave's big walk

In training

In training

David is undertaking a massive challenge to raise money for three cancer charities and we are absolutely delighted that we have been chosen, along with Breast Cancer Care and Trekstock. He is doing a solo walk of 838 miles from Ipswich to Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona. He decided to take on this challenge to mark his 60th birthday in May and to raise money and awareness for good causes.

Recently someone close to him was diagnosed with breast cancer at just 27 and has become a key part of his focus for doing this. It also made him reflect on how many people he has known over the years that have been affected by all types of cancer. From grandparents and siblings to friends and work colleagues there have been many, so he thought what better thing could he do for his big birthday than to raise as much money as possible for some of the wonderful charities that help and support people going through this.

Where he’s headed…..

Where he’s headed…..

With the aim of walking 25 miles per day training is obviously very important and to date he has completed 60 individual walks ranging from 5 to 24 miles long. He will be starting off on his big walk on 27th March at an average of 25 miles per day and will take 42 days to complete allowing for rest days, and his arrival date is 8th May.

David said "To date I've walked over 800 miles in training and worn out two pairs of walking shoes and I still have 200 training miles to do! I have never done anything remotely like this before so it really is a major challenge for me as you can imagine."

From Ipswich to Barcelona

From Ipswich to Barcelona

You’ll find lots more information on his blog and on his JustGiving team page

Please take a few minutes to have a look at what he is doing and hopefully you’ll feel it’s well worth making a donation and if you could help spread the news that would be great too. He can be found on Facebook: big dave’s big walk or Instagram: @bigdavesbigwalk 

Dear Victoria....


Dear Victoria

We are thrilled for you that you have made the decision to start a new chapter of life adventures in Wales. We wish to offer huge gratitude to you from all of us at CCiS Caring for me. You have been part of Caring for me since the very beginning in 2009. Over the years you have supported numerous people throughout their experiences with cancer. 

Time and time again we are told what a difference the therapy sessions you offer have made. You lighten the load by offering a gentle listening ear and your treatments help to alleviate some of the negative side-effects of medical interventions.

You have always been prepared to go the extra mile. We have appreciated the home visits you offered when clients were too unwell to travel to the Centre. In addition you have been happy to provide gentle, comforting treatments to those in their final days of life. 

You truly are one of a kind and you will be dearly missed. Eternal gratitude from us.

With heartfelt best wishes from all of us,


PS  Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what some of your clients have to say:

'Victoria has an excellent way of bringing a smile to clients with her good energy and kind/warm attitude. The complementary therapies were an essential and vital part of my treatment.  They made me feel so well and relaxed that I always wanted to go back. It is such a blessing to be cared for and even more so when cancer is part of life.' Tania

'The sessions have been very refreshing and have helped me no end. Victoria has been brilliant.' Sue

‘When I began complementary therapy I was experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, joint pain and stiffness, fatigue and general malaise. After 4 sessions with Victoria all these problems are much improved. Victoria has been brilliant-easy to talk to, helpful (recommending books to help with anxiety) and the reflexology has been wonderful. It has really aided my recovery and helped me to feel normal again.' Janet

’You have no choice but to relax when in the capable hands of Victoria. To be able to use these therapies during radiotherapy was truly beneficial, feeling so relaxed at the end of the day was a bonus after what was often a stressful time. I know I probably coped a whole lot better because of it.' Christina

Sarah's Story...

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On Wednesday 26th October 2016 my world was turned upside down. I was 52 years old and was diagnosed with Follicular Lymphoma a type of Non Hodgkin Lymphoma and told that there was no cure. My husband and I and our adult children were all devastated. I kept thinking “why me?” I was fit, I didn’t smoke, I wasn’t overweight and didn’t drink to excess. However, I knew from my work (I am a chemotherapy nurse) that cancer doesn’t discriminate and that I shouldn’t be surprised at my diagnosis, after all one in two of us will develop cancer in our lifetime.

I first felt a lump deep in my armpit in April 2016 and saw my local nurse consultant at my GP surgery who told me that there was no lump there and to stop worrying. Throughout the summer I would occasionally think that I could still feel a lump but put it to the back of my mind as the nurse had said there was nothing there. However, early in the October I found another lump and after seeing my GP found myself having a barrage of tests at the hospital which culminated in my diagnosis. It turned out that I actually had several tumours and had probably had the lymphoma for quite a while without realising it as I had no other symptoms or so I thought. It turned out that the nerve pain I kept getting in my leg when I went to bed was actually caused by a tumour pressing on a nerve, however some radiotherapy to the affected area soon sorted it out.

Follicular Lymphoma is very slow growing and it was decided that as I had no other symptoms I would go on “watch and wait”. This means that I am seen every three months by the consultant at the hospital to monitor how I am doing and to see if I need to start chemotherapy. At the moment I remain on “watch and wait”. It’s quite a difficult situation to be in knowing you have cancer but no treatment is needed at the present time, however I am making the most of the time I have whilst not on chemotherapy.

I decided to access the treatments and counselling sessions available from ‘Caring for me’ earlier this year when I found that I wasn’t coping very well with my work and home life. I was finding that I was increasingly anxious and stressed. At first I was very reluctant to access counselling as I felt that it “wasn’t for me” but I decided I would give it a go and I am so pleased that I did. I found it hugely beneficial to talk to someone who wasn’t a member of my family or a friend. I have also accessed reflexology through ‘Caring for me’ and I have found this to be very relaxing and have frequently found myself falling asleep during these sessions.

'It's All About You' CCiS Beauty, Wig and Wellbeing Workshops...


Cancer Campaign in Suffolk offers a range of different workshops for those with a cancer diagnosis in Suffolk. One of the amazing workshops which they offer is called 'Its All About You' which focuses on beauty products, skin care and a range of human hair wigs. These workshops have now been running for a few years and continue to prove popular.

The workshops are held monthly within a non clinical environment , both in East and West Suffolk, they are relaxed and interactive to ensure that everybody gets what they desire out of the day.

Throughout the day you are taught about different paraben and talc free skin care and make up which is available to buy on the day or through the CCiS website, and a range of human hair wigs at affordable prices, which you can try on and which are also available to buy.

The day really is a day to remember and offers the opportunity to chat and spend time with others going through similar experiences.

“I felt confident using makeup, which will help me feel better as I start to rebuild my life.” — Christine

You are able to sign up for the workshop through the CCiS website or give them a call on 01473 211884


Giving back...

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We are so lucky here at CCiS Caring for me that lovely individuals want to help fundraise for us. Laura raised a whopping £177 through a cake sale at the school she works at. Below is Laura's story and why she felt the need to 'give back' to us at CCiS Caring for me.

"In March 2017 at the age of 43 I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. My cancer journey from diagnosis in March has included numerous tests, appointments, eight rounds of chemotherapy, a mastectomy and breast reconstruction. Despite still needing further reconstructive surgery, my family and I feel incredibly fortunate that I am now on the mend!

I have recently started some acupuncture and counselling through Caring for me.  I have to admit being dubious to the benefit of either of these but both are helping me in my quest to find and adjust my new normal.

I wanted to give something back to the charity so we held a staff cake sale at the school where I work and raised £177. I am hoping to do some more fundraising in the future for the wonderful charity." - Laura

If you would like to get involved in fundraising for us please be in contact!

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Here at CCiS Caring for me we just wanted to recognise some of the amazing hard work carried out by our practitioners.

We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated, experienced team supporting our charity project. Many of them have been with us since 2010 and within this time they have been providing many different treatments for local people who have been affected by cancer.

One thing that we pride ourselves with at CCiS Caring for me is that we are here when people need us most. In some cases this is after conventional cancer treatments have completed and in other cases it is alongside them. We believe it is really important to provide choice and some control for those dealing with their diagnosis, therefore we aim to work as flexibly as possible. 

We are hugely indebted to all the practitioners for continuing to make the work we do possible and providing such treatments with so much care. To find out more about what each of our practitioners does click 'Our Therapists' under the 'About' tab at the top of the page!

With gratitude,

The team at CCiS Caring for me.

Below are some testimonials from individuals that have accessed the services of CCiS Caring for me:

“It took about a year after my treatment finished for me to take up the therapies but I always knew that I could fall back on the help that it provides when I was ready. It is not just the therapy that helps- it’s having time out for you and the freedom to talk in confidence” Roswyn

“Having had radiotherapy on my chest I found I was badly out of breath after treatment. After having reflexology my breathing has improved a lot and I am now able to go upstairs without having to stop.” Brian

“It has been great to access these services now as even 12 months plus post cancer there are underlying tensions and issues and it is reassuring to feel that there are still people to care for me and help me to feel less alone. “ Julia

Exciting start to the New Year!

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We’ve had a fantastic start of the New Year here at CCiS Caring for me; we’ve been selected to take part in the Co-op Token Scheme!

This means every time you shop in the Co-op, you can help our project grow by putting your green token in the ‘Caring for Me’ token box!

We will be appearing in four different Co-op stores between the 15th January until the 12th March, you can find our collection boxes in the stores below:

·      Wickham Market

·      Woodbridge Supermarket

·      Old Barrack Road

·      Hasketon Road

The more tokens which we gain in our boxes means a larger share of £1000 for us to put back into the community helping those in need in Suffolk. Please help us grow by putting your token in our box.



Art for Cure

Our friends at Art for Cure have recently achieved charitable status and we are delighted that all their hard work has come to fruition in this way. We were pleased to be invited along to The Art Retreat in Woodbridge to help them celebrate. 

The photo shows some of the team with Belinda Gray, director & co-founder in the Centre.

The photo shows some of the team with Belinda Gray, director & co-founder in the Centre.

Art for Cure stages one of the most exciting and successful art and sculpture exhibitions across the UK to raise money for national breast cancer research and support breast cancer services here in East Anglia. Their first exhibition was an incredible success, held in Belinda's Garden, back in 2014, and they have gone from strength to strength since.

Art for Cure recently held an exhibition at Glemham Hall, where they raised an exceptional £175,00, of which they donated £100,000 to Breast Cancer Now, and a further £74,000 to support and help Suffolk based projects, which focus on supporting those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Including wig making services, beauty workshops, counselling services and support for nutrition, diet and exercise. 

We here at CCiS Caring for me, feel extremely grateful to have received £10,000 from Art for Cure for 2017-2018.

Art for Cure have two brilliant fundraising events planned for 2018, an Art and Sculpture exhibition back at the house and gardens of Glemham Hall, held between the 5th-7th May. As well as a bike ride in Asia, covering 450km from Saigon to Angkor Wat.

For more information on the charity, or the events coming up, follow Art for Cure

A whole lot of mud!

Clean before the event!

Clean before the event!

On October 15th, 10 brave souls took part in the Suffolk Whole Hog event which was held at Wantisden Valley. The Whole Hog is a 5 mile obstacle race where you are expected to run (or walk) but also crawl under cargo nets, climb up steep banks and walls, wade through rivers, go through tunnels, down slides, jump, swing and complete monkey bars. As well as this it is of course, cold, wet and very very muddy!

Very wet, slippery monkey bars!

Very wet, slippery monkey bars!

We spoke to Petra Risbridger after the event, here are a few of her accounts and stories from the day..

"We ran, walked and stumbled together, over ploughed fields and various obstacles, and then there would be a major pile up (just like on the M25), when suddenly one of our obstacles was upon us……….a mud slide into a pool of water, whilst being hosed down as we tried to scramble out of the pit.  We were continually encouraged by the crowd who were in similar fits of giggles just watching us trying to get out of this unfortunate mess! 

"Then on to rivers filled with, what I can only describe as, pig swill, I didn’t know if it was good for the skin or not, but we weren’t going to get a chance to “not” find out, we had plummeted into this pool of thick, brown sludge which smelt pretty unpleasant but was met with a multitude of smiley faces as it was so much fun just trying to wade our way through and clamber out the other side without coating our fellow competitors as we splashed and fought our way out!"

Wading through the thick mud!

Wading through the thick mud!

Safe to say that our team took it all in their stride, (even the mud!) and completed the course brilliantly! They were each welcomed at the end with a medal and a can of Adnams Ghost Ship beer, which I'm sure was well needed!

We will keep you posted about the final amount raised but in the meantime please do take a look at our Facebook page to have a giggle at more of the photos: CCiS Caring for me

All smiles that they had completed the course!

All smiles that they had completed the course!

Is singing the best medicine?

Karen & Corinne can be seen here with some of the group.

Karen & Corinne can be seen here with some of the group.

Last Thursday, myself (Corinne) and Karen Hare were warmly invited into the rehearsals of the ladies choir Upbeat! at Grundisburgh Primary School, who were practicing for their upcoming Christmas Concerts.

We were treated to the delights of being able to see behind the scenes of how the choir practice their songs, hearing a range of songs practiced solely by the Alto parts, then the Sopranos, then finally all together which was magical.

Sopranos singing their parts

Sopranos singing their parts

On the day of our visit there must have been around 40 ladies there, enjoying the singing and antics of the leader of the choir Carol McConnell. The choir is open to anyone of any experience and it is not a necessity that you're able to read music, it was very easy to see that all the members of the choir thoroughly enjoy it!

Choir Leader, Carol McConnell

Choir Leader, Carol McConnell

The group provide support to local charities by donating proceeds from their different concerts and performances throughout the year and are incredibly proud to do so. We went along on Thursday to personally say thank you to them for their recent donation of £1000 which we are extremely grateful for. This isn't the only support which Upbeat! have donated to us, as they have supported our work over the past few years.

We are looking to start a charity choir and wanted to get first hand experience by seeing one in action and chat to the members to find out what they enjoy about it.

Why not let us know what you think?

CCiS website launch!

Last Tuesday afternoon we attended Cancer Campaign in Suffolk's (CCiS) website launch event, held at Milsom's, Kesgrave. The day was full of different opportunities and information to suit everyone who was attending.

There was a large screen playing images of the website, displays of photographs which were related to their education awareness project, and leaflets providing information about the different opportunities that CCiS offers to residents in Suffolk. Another added extra was the opportunity to try out the range of make-up which is used during their 'It's All About You' beauty workshops.

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All the team that work at CCiS were there to ensure that everybody felt welcome and to chat to everyone who came along for the afternoon.

Karen (Chief Executive), Sandra (Marketing & Web Manager) & Sarah ( Educator)

Karen (Chief Executive), Sandra (Marketing & Web Manager) & Sarah ( Educator)

CCiS Ambassadors Bob & Tarina were also there to assist with the success of the event.

As well as all the lovely bits on offer it was of course a brilliant opportunity to be able to speak, listen and learn about many peoples lives which have been affected by cancer. Below is a picture of Sue and Julia with Karen, who were happy to share their experiences.

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Sue, Karen (Chief Executive) and Julia

By speaking to those who have lived through the treatments we are able to find out what services they have used, what they found was helpful and what they felt they needed, also highlighting the fact that the effects of a cancer diagnosis can carry through for a very long time.

CCiS's new website is now live, find it here, - why not check it out for yourself and see what you think!


Terri's Story...


Last Wednesday 20th September marked my annual oncology review at Ipswich Hospital. These appointments consist of blood tests and a check-up and chat with my consultant about how I'm feeling/any worries or concerns I may have. In December I will be 8 years cancer-free which is just amazing news and I truly feel grateful for this every single day. However, these reviews bring it all home to me that actually no matter how far down the line you get - the cancer never quite lets you get away. The week before and days leading up to my appointments are always nail biting, nerve wracking times for me as there's always that little 'what if' niggle in the back of my mind.

Thankfully my blood tests all came back fine and the lymph node examination was all clear, however unfortunately as a direct effect of having radiotherapy to my neck area, one of the long term issues I now suffer from is an underactive thyroid which requires me to take medication every day now for the rest of my life. These levels are monitored every 6-8weeks at the moment and are proving to be difficult to get stabilised so a medication increase has been advised. The main symptom of this that I suffer from is extreme fatigue and exhaustion - which can be very difficult to deal with alongside the 'busyness' of general everyday work and life. Being 8 years cancer-free also means I am now required to have regular mammograms - I have a largely increased risk of developing breast cancer in the future which is another long term effect of having radiotherapy to the tumours in my chest area.

I'm sharing this today to hopefully allow people to understand that when you receive the 'all clear' it doesn't fully mark the end. The ongoing blood tests, scans, consultant reviews and medical issues as a result of treatment are always there to remind you of your journey with cancer.

The services we provide are to support people because we understand how anxious, terrifying and life consuming both the treatments and their side effects can be and sometimes it isn't necessarily when you are in the midst of your treatment programme that you require support, but actually afterwards when you have that bit more time and energy to digest what it is your mind and body have been through. We like to feel that our services are flexible to meet the needs of people affected by cancer - whether that be during or after their treatment.

Here is me pictured with one of my consultant's Dr Andrew Hodson - a gem of a man, always greeting me with a smile and taking the time to explain things to me regarding the medical issues I now suffer with as a result of my treatment and also making me aware of further issues that could arise in the future and what to look out for.


If you or someone you know could benefit from our services, please download the application form featured on this website.


We're on Facebook!

We thought it was about time we jumped in and joined the Big Dogs of social media, Facebook! We will now be able to share all the exciting projects, blog posts and our stories with a larger audience over different platforms, enabling our friends, family and followers to see what CCiS Caring for Me is all about!

I'm sure our Facebook followers will welcome us with arms wide open to make the journey a little less scary, who knows what different social medias we may be on this time next year!

Please share, like, and interact with us as much as you can, we look forward to our journey on Facebook and helping to raise more awareness of what we have to offer!

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Cancer Campaign in Suffolk

Caring for me are delighted to have joined up with local charity Cancer Campaign in Suffolk CCiS. Our contribution to the charity is only a small part of what they have to offer and our website concentrates on the Community Complementary Therapies we currently provide for Suffolk residents coping with a cancer diagnosis.

Cancer Campaign in Suffolk CCiS offers so much more.
It provides help before during & after cancer through Body & Cancer awareness workshops helping you to recognise the signs & symptoms early, Complementary Therapies & Counselling to those going through treatment & Community Complementary therapies for those who prefer to access therapies in the community, Beauty & Wellbeing workshops 'It's All About You' that helps with the effects of cancer treatment on the body & mind.

We’re all very excited for what there is ahead for us. CCiS’s new website will be up and running soon and we can't wait to see it. We’ll be sure to keep you updated!

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Katie's Garden Plant Centre

Throughout 2017, Katie’s Garden Plant Centre, a local nursery based in Newbourne, has been helping to raise funds for CCiS Caring for me. The nursery has been selling a range of different plants which have been potted in bright pink pots!


All the proceeds from the sale of each plant comes directly to the charity, and we would like to thank all of those whom have either purchased a pink potted plant or those at Katie’s Garden who help to plant, grow and then ultimately sell the plants. 

We’re sure that you would be glad in the knowledge that the money that has been spent is both brightening up your gardens at home, is also helping to support local people who have been affected by cancer.

If you’ve not yet purchased a CCiS Caring for me pink potted plant, Violas and Pansies will both be available soon, so why not pop in and pick some up!

To find out more information about our friends at Katie’s Garden please follow the link



Ride for Toni

Emma Kindred here, the wonderful Corinne has let me share my story with you via her blog.

My eldest sister, Toni (then 43), was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer back in November 2016. She was given 6 months to live. The news was devastating and as a family we made a decision to get through it together. In the early days of her treatments we would sit and talk about how we could help the people helping Toni out. We knew we couldn't cure her but we could support her and be there for her every step of the way through this horrendous ordeal. My dad and I decided to take on a challenge that would help raise money for the St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich, Toni's choice of end of life care. 

Our childhood was spent in Germany, due to my dad being in the forces. It was an amazing childhood and we all felt that a physical challenge involving Germany would be very fitting. It would be about raising money but also about creating new memories with Toni. We decided to cycle between all 6 of the locations we lived in whilst in Germany. Unfortunately Toni grew too ill too soon for us to complete it as a family. We were due to start the challenge on May 29th 2017, however Toni died on May 25th 2017.

It is a real shame Toni never made the trip, but this gives us even more of a reason to raise as much money as possible, in her name. The hospice gave her the very best in care and we will be forever grateful to them. 

We are now taking time out to heal as a family and during this time we will make new arrangements for our cycle ride. At the moment we believe we will be looking to complete it at the end of August. The ride will be approximately 400 Kilometers, spread over 5 days.

We have already raised £10,000 and hope to raise a further £25,000 (more details about this figure on our website). I regularly update our dedicated website - Ride for Toni, so for more details on how much we've raised and where we are on our training please come visit our site.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post, and thank you Corinne for allowing me to share this.
Em x

Toni on her hen day, 2 months before she passed away.

Toni on her hen day, 2 months before she passed away.

Art for Cure exhibition, She, raises £27,000!!

Last Friday (2nd June) Art for Cure launched an exhibition, She, to raise money through selling art.

The exhibition, held at the Garage Gallery in Aldeburgh managed to sell a staggering £60,000 by selling an inspired collection of paintings, sculpture, ceramics and prints, all about women. A massive £27,000 of this goes directly to Art for Cure to help the fight against breast cancer.

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Henrietta Dubrey

We've been raising funds!

Terri Catchpole, co-founder of Caring for me, and her husband Daniel each set themselves a challenge to undertake in 2017 in order to raise funds for Caring for me. They both managed to fit in the necessary training around their busy work and personal lives. On Sunday 7th May Daniel rose to the challenge of the Suffolk Sunrise 102 mile cycle ride around the countryside-setting off with Framingham Castle as the backdrop and winding around the villages through Bungay, Halesworth and enroute back through Peasenhall and returning to Framlingham. After almost 5hours 36 minutes of cycling he appeared over the finishing line. Terri and their daughter were there to congratulate him on his achievement and he can be seen in the photo proudly wearing his medal.

The following weekend came Terri's turn - On Sunday 14th May Terri took on the challenge of running the Woodbridge 10k road race. She only started running in January and this was her first attempt at running in an event such as this and she was determined to do her best. She made it round the very hilly course on a scorching hot day with 24 degree heat in 1 hour and 1minute so she was delighted. She was fortunate to be supported by her friend Hayley Potter who joined her in the race and was also raising funds for Caring for me.  Between them they hope to have raised in excess of £500.

Well done & thank you to all of them.