Made for Life Foundation – 2016 Review
Well what a year it’s been, so many events and workshops bringing Cancer patients and carers together for fun, discussion, comfort and support. Everything coordinated and arranged by the amazing Juliette – Manager for the Made for Life Foundation.
Starting out calmly…
During January, we started the year off with a Calming Mind workshop, Mary and Jan from Inspiring Health in Falmouth, generously gave their time to talk us through Homeopathy and how it could help. Jan showed us how to self-massage using some simple techniques we could practice at home. The Victoria Inn at Threemilestone providing a comfortable venue for our event, with the lovely staff ensuring we were very well looked after.
Discovering our creativity…
In February, the wonderful Caroline Cleeve from Port Isaac held a wonderful art workshop for a large group, introducing us to Journal making using local materials. A lot of fun in creativity and colour was had this day. With the materials and time generously donated by Caroline.
Mindfulness for peace…
A fascinating morning during April spent with Julie Hession MSC MBACP, Julie kindly donated her time to take us through the key principles of Mindfulness – a form of meditation. Leaving the group with ideas for creating a calm mind, a chance to get together over a soothing cup of herbal tea for a chat and support. Again, the staff at the Victoria Inn were most welcoming.
Running for you…
Juliette has such a passion for this charity, organising events – Juliette has tried to ensure we met at least once a month throughout the year. But Juliette has another passion – running. In April Juliette entered and completed the London Marathon – a fantastic achievement. Raising over £1,000 for the charity, Juliette trained through injury determined to support us and the charity.
Fun in Art…
In May, we were given a lesson to a new approach to art with the lovely Julia Rowlands, a local artist working out of Krowji in Redruth. Julia is committed to the local community and this has led to her internationally recognized Arts and Health courses delivering motivational colour workshops all over Cornwall. The group was drawn in by Julia’s enthusiasm and produced some beautiful and colourful pieces of art.
Time to Get Healthy…
June saw us preparing for our holidays, with a fantastic talk by Becci Gowers of Bees Nutrition at the Health and Wellbeing Centre, Truro. Becci provided Made for Life attendees with a fun, interactive workshop about why nutrition is important and what good nutrition is. Mainly focused on nutrients to support immune function and reduce inflammation. Food for thought – literally!
Walking and Funding…
During June Viki Carpenter completed a Nordic walk of 26.6 miles as her first marathon distance for Race to the King. Viki completed the walk on the 25 June 2016 and raised £108 in support of Made for Life. The charity was very grateful to Viki for choosing to support us. All fundraising goes to support the events organised throughout the year.
Dare to Blossom…
July and we were guided by the innovative Mary Lunnen to thinking about ourselves, what we expect and what can do to help ourselves through our different journeys. Mary regularly holds workshops around Cornwall, and produces her own Art based on her wanderings and walks around the lovely coast and countryside of Cornwall.
Art from the Heart…
September and were in for a spiritual treat from the beautiful Annie B. A local artist who takes inspiration from the earth and natural elements. Annie uses meditation to help her produce beautiful artwork and illustrations. A great time was had by all who attended at the Health and Wellbeing Centre in Truro.
Cancer Awareness Special Pampering …
October was National Cancer Awareness month and Juliette organized an amazing Spa day courtesy of Una St Ives. Everyone who attended, received a specially tailored treatment, full use of the beautiful facilities including the pool, sauna and steam room. As well as a tasty and nutritious lunch carefully prepared by the talented staff in the Una Kitchen.
Dancing Away our Cares…
To recognize National Cancer Awareness month, we were treated to another workshop in October – and a fabulous workshop was help late October by the talented dance teacher Lisa Stephens. We all had a taste of Ballet, Salsa (very sensual moves), stretching and relaxation. We will be seeing more of Lisa in 2017 – can’t wait!
A fascinating workshop held by the brilliant Lizzie Stevens during October, rounding up our recognition of National Cancer Awareness month. Using plasticine – yes really! – we were treated to her heartfelt story of how Lizzie came to create her wonderful models, Lizzie generously provided her heart, materials and time to give us an usual and very enjoyable experience in sculpting. Held at the Health and Wellbeing Centre in Truro, we had plenty of time to be creative and chat to each other over hot drinks and biscuits.
Walking – Nordic Style
Our final workshop for 2016, supported by Kelly of Walk Kernow Nordic Walking during November. Another free workshop, we were very grateful to Kelly for providing such a unusual activity. Many of us had reservations, exercise is something to be carefully considered during and after treatment. But those that did attend at the lovely Trelissick Gardens in Truro were pleasantly surprised at how gentle the walking was and delighted to hear that this workshop will be repeated in 2017 (weather permitting!).
During December, a delicious meal was provided at a greatly subsidized price for our group at the gracious Penventon Hotel in Redruth. So many Cancer patients have to give up work and lose contact with friends and family whilst concentrating on dealing with their illness. This was an opportunity to celebrate Christmas in a beautiful environment, waited on by wonderful staff and share our joy with each other. Juliette provided a thoughtful “goody bag” for each of us and rounded off the event with a raffle for some beautiful prizes.
You can review each workshop in detail by clicking on this link: Workshops
2016 has been our most successful year for events and activity, Juliette and the team are planning more events for 2017 and aim to run 2 events per month. This can only be achieved with the generosity of our supporters, those who have given their time, energy and materials to bring together those who need a place to relax and chat to like-minded people. Thank you for your continued support.
MFL Spa Day – Una St Ives
Una Spa – Made for Life by Spiezia Organics
18 January 2017
We are feeling very proud of yet another wonderful, special Spa day kicking of 2017 with a relaxing and pampering time down in St Ives.
Everyone relaxed, enjoyed a swim, chatted and just embraced the wonderful surroundings of Una Spa – Made for Life by Spiezia Organics whilst indulging in a treatment of their own choice, finishing off with yet another healthy delicious lunch kindly made by the Chef Paul at The Kitchen at UNA. Thank you once again to Carly and her therapists, Paul and his kitchen staff and all the staff at Una St Ives, we are so grateful to your kindness and support for the Charity.
Keep an eye out for the details of our Special Spa treatment day in March!
“I had an amazing afternoon thanks so much to all involved xx”
“This therapy, during a dismal month, made such a difference. The back massage was heaven and I had my first “getting wet” since my op. It was a real treat so thank you all for this wonderful ‘pick-me-up“
“I had the most relaxing afternoon, a lovely chat with the afternoon ladies, aromatherapy massage was divine and the food so yummy! This was just what I needed after a stressful few months. Thank you all xxx“
Cornwall Living – January 2017
A Festive Feast
A wonderful event to finish off a successful 2016 at the Penventon Hotel, Redruth.
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This is the final article to feature in Cornwall Living – we would like to thank the team at Cornwall Living for their support during 2016, featuring our Made for Life Foundation every month and helping us raise awareness of Cancer and the support available in Cornwall.
MFL Christmas Lunch – December 2016
A Wonderful Christmas Lunch at the Penventon Park Hotel
8th December 2016
A wonderful Made for Life Christmas Lunch was had by all.
We would like to say a huge thank you to the Penventon Park Hotel for supporting the Charity, the service was great and the food was delicious, absolutely perfect venue!
“It was lovely to be amongst lots of very special people who have helped make my job in 2016 fun and totally enjoyable, I am inspired by you all” says Juliette Hathaway – Manager of the Made for Life Foundation.
Juliette has successfully organised workshops throughout 2016 for those in Cornwall living with Cancer. The group has grown over the year and this event was very well attended, many of those diagnosed with Cancer have to stop working in order to concentrate on treatment and their wellbeing. This often means people miss out on the events organised through work – especially at Christmas with all the “works do’s”. So this was an opportunity to bring together the people who have attended the events over the year and those who have so generously supported the charity, in a beautiful environment.
Many events have been free, with the contributors often donating their time and materials for free or for a minimum fee.
The Penventon Park Hotel were very generous in setting the cost for this fabulous 3 course meal, even throwing in a free drink for each attendee. www.penventon.co.uk/restaurant-cornwall/
This wonderful event started with each attendee greeted by a free drink, having had an opportunity to chat in the lovely bar area, the group were shown to their seats and received a lovely bag of goodies including a commemorative pebble lovingly made by Juliette and ended with a raffle with some gorgeous prizes and a great time was had by all.
“It was a super lunch, good food, lovely people and a splendid venue. Thank you so much for making this MFL occasion so special and thank you for the bags of goodies”
“Thank you Juliette for organising such a special afternoon. Lovely food with great people. Merry Christmas to you all”
“Fab time Juliette, so lovely to share a delicious meal with everyone at this special time of the year hugs xxxx“
MFL Workshop – Nordic Walking
28 October 2016
Walk Kernow – Nordic Walking
Thank you so much to Kelly at Walk Kernow Nordic Walking for providing a great morning for our Ladies.
We had a lovely morning and the ladies enjoyed the session.
The feedback was that they were a little worried that it was going to be too much for them and very much a route march. “I try and try to get away from this stereotype that Nordic Walking seems to have !” says Kelly.
Kelly has kindly offered to do another workshop late January 2017 as the Ladies were pleasantly surprised at how easy it was and also how adaptable it was too. This is a wonderful hobby being out in the fresh air, beautiful scenery and enjoying pleasant company, all that makes a perfect package for ones Health and Wellbeing!
MFL Workshop – Small Sculpture Event
20 October 2016
What another successful, fantastic, very humorous workshop!
Thank you so much to Inspirational Artist Lizzie Stevens for donating her time to produce a morning of great fun , whilst helping everyone to create their own sculpture to take home , absolutely brilliant.
Also thank you to Archie Browns Health Food Store for providing us with the delicious carrot cake, healthy juice and biscuits mmm…
All our workshops provide a time for getting together to chat or simply engross oneself into an activity and of course lots of healthy laughter, all these things are vital in helping anyone who is on or has been on the Cancer Journey, and I would like thank all the wonderful kind people who have helped the Charity to provide such Special days.
Juliette, Made for Life Manager
CORNWALL LIVING – DECEMBER 2016 EDITION
Art from the Heart
Made for Life have been busy again providing amazing workshops to help those living with cancer.
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CORNWALL LIVING – NOVEMBER EDITION
Triple Threat Workshops
Three workshops during October 2016 to recognise Cancer Awareness Month. Please click the link below to read the full article.
MFL Workshop – Dance Therapy
25 October 2016
Thank you ,thank you to Dance teacher Lisa Stephens https://www.facebook.com/mindbodydanceUK/ founder for a fabulous workshop this morning, we all had a taste of Ballet, Salsa (very sensual moves ), stretching and relaxation , but most of all top marks from Lisa as she told everyone they all had great rhythm, such fun !!
Lisa will be joining us again in January 2017 to teach us more, we can’t wait , thank you again for your support today Lisa.
Cornwall Living – October Edition
Isn’t life funny?
As October is cancer awareness month, we look at the great work carried out by Made For Life Foundation.
Each issue we feature the Made For Life Foundation and the ongoing work that it does for those who find themselves diagnosed, fighting and recovering from cancer. Organising holistic treatments, organic makeovers, nutritional advice, art therapy as well as teaching meditation and relaxation techniques, the foundation is pivotal in lending a helping hand to those who need it most.
Diane Knight who, like so many other individuals who’ve benefited from the amazing help that the foundation offers, shares her story so far and proves to us, once again, that this charity truly is made for life.
Click here to read the full story: Cornwall living October 2016
click here to read the October 2016 Edition of Cornwall Living online: Cornwall Living – October Edition