Chal­lenges for char­ity

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HAPPY New Year from ev­ery­one at the Hospice of St Fran­cis.

We look after peo­ple with life-short­en­ing ill­nesses pro­vid­ing med­i­cal care, prac­ti­cal ad­vice and emo­tional support to help them man­age their con­di­tion and main­tain their qual­ity of life.

Care is pro­vided wher­ever a per­son needs it in one of our 14 hospice beds, in their own home or care home, in hos­pi­tal or via our health and well­be­ing out­pa­tient hub, The Spring Cen­tre. New prostate can­cer course In Fe­bru­ary, we are run­ning a new Prostate Can­cer Well­be­ing course de­signed to support men, and those close to them, move for­ward with their life fol­low­ing prostate can­cer treat­ment. The six week, two-hour course starts on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 10, at 2pm.

Top­ics will in­clude deal­ing with po­ten­tial side ef­fects of the dis­ease, cop­ing with stress and fa­tigue, rec­om­mended diet and ex­er­cise regimes plus man­ag­ing re­la­tion­ships and in­ti­macy.

The last ses­sion will be de­voted to mov­ing for­ward fol­low­ing a di­ag­no­sis to give men the con­fi­dence to get on with their every­day lives.

Find out more by call­ing Tina on 01442 869 550 or email spring­cen­tre@stfran­cis.org.uk. New year, new chal­lenge? We rely on our lo­cal com­mu­nity to help us raise the £4.7mil­lion we need ev­ery year to fund our care. Can you help us? Is 2015 the year you want to em­bark on a new chal­lenge? Why not take part in one of our fundrais­ing events and do some­thing for your­self and to raise money for us? You could:

Lose weight and get fit in our Big­gest Loser Chal­lenge, start­ing mid Jan­uary

Learn to dance in our Strictly Learn Danc­ing Chal­lenge, start­ing the end of Jan­uary

Cy­cle for us! We have places on the Land’s End to John O’Groats ride, Three Ci­ties cy­cle race and Ride London next sum­mer.

Join a 12 day Trek to Nepal next au­tumn, in­clud­ing a vol­un­teer­ing project at a Kathmandu hospice.

The hospice’s med­i­cal di­rec­tor and con­sul­tant in pal­lia­tive medicine Dr Sharon Chad­wick, from Pot­ten End, has al­ready signed up.

She said: “This is a once-in-a-life time op­por­tu­nity for me per­son­ally to help make a dif­fer­ence to the amaz­ing hospice where I work.”

Find out more about par­tic­i­pat­ing in any of our 2015 events on our web­site www.stfran­cis. org.uk/events or call 01442 869 555, find us on Face­book TheHospice­ofStFran­cis or on Twit­ter @hos­pic­st­fran­cis.

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