We have been offering Tai Chi within our afternoon sessions since Macmillan Move More started classes with us in 2015. After their programme was pulled we decided that it was an important session to continue with as it combines exercise, stretching and mindfulness, all of which have great benefits after a breast cancer diagnosis. 3 of our ladies were trained to offer the classes and continue with regular training updates.
If you’ve had a breast cancer diagnosis and would like to try some gentle exercise please get in touch or come along to our group on Monday afternoons 1-3pm.
Monday 4th November 7pm upstairs room Grindleton Pavilion.
Very happy to welcome Amy Bonner a local GP working within the Ribblesdale Community Partnership. Amy’s passion lies in lifestyle medicine, nutrition, exercise, stress relief and healthy longevity in general. She will be chatting about the work she’s does and lifestyle advice more specifically related to cancer survivorship. All Welcome.
Monday 2nd September 7pm upstairs room Grindleton Pavilion.
Very happy to welcome Miss Julie Iddon consultant oncoplastics Breast surgeon at ELHT working at Burnley General Hospital. Miss Iddon will be talking about all aspects of her work including reconstruction. All Welcome.
Monday 5th August 7pm upstairs room Grindleton Pavilion.
Welcoming Amanda from Moostyle.co.uk Colour me Beautiful representative.
Do you wear 80% of your wardrobe 20% of the time?
Let's change that. It really can be as easy as ensuring you have the key staple pieces which suit you with some accent trend additions. By making sure you chose the colours that flatter your skin tone, hair & eyes we will see how well you look rather than your outfit enter the room before you or making you look washed out! Have confidence that you know which shapes & colours suit you & shop with ease.
Moo will ensure she determines each persons dominate colour and explain why that is important. All Welcome!
Monday 1st July upstairs room Grindleton Pavilion. Looking forward to welcoming Claire McDonough Counsellor.
Claire is an integrative counsellor based at Clitheroe Psychotherapy Centre and has worked in wellbeing and mental health for the whole of her career. She is also a clinical hypnotherapist, a life coach and meditation trainer and will be chatting about what she does and how she can help. All Welcome.
June’s speaker cancelled due to illness.
Monday 1st April we are happy to welcome Debi Hawkins Manager at Cancer Support Yorkshire - Skipton Centre.
Debi and her team are also celebrating their 5th Birthday this year and Debi will chat about how they started and the range of services, groups, classes and activities they offer for men and women. All Welcome.
Monday 4th March 7pm We are very happy to welcome Mel Cronshaw Nutritionist BSc (Hons) ANutr
Mel is a Clinical/sports nutritionist and will be coming to chat about the close relationship between diet, lifestyle choices and breast cancer. The more specific changes we can make to improve our health and impact recovery and prevention. All Welcome.
Monday 1st October 7pm.
We are very happy to welcome back Helen Foster from the Body Shop who will be coming to demonstrate, chat and sell all things gorgeous. As well as starting your Christmas shopping early with no doubt brilliant discounts and offers you’ll be helping to fundraise for group as a percentage of all proceeds will be donated back to RVBFs.
Please invite family and friends for a fun night. All Welcome!
Monday 6th August 7pm. We are very happy to welcome Jane Richmond a full time professional artiest living in Burnley.
Jane paints mainly acrylics and oils and is a ceramic sculptor. She also does silk painting which is a much more delicate technique to her larger scale flower paintings. She loves to use bright bold colours and gives what is often thought of a twee and hackneyed artistic subjects a more contemporary twist. Jane trained as a teacher but changed career 4 yrs ago.
This evening Jane will introduce herself, show some examples of her work and have a chat with us about the sort of sessions we might like to do over the next few months on a Monday afternoon. All Welcome.
Monday 2nd July 7pm. We are very happy to welcome back Margaret Hall Lymphoedema specialist to talk about the new guild lines for Lymphoedema management. All Welcome
Monday 4th June 7pm Danielle Kay Medical Herbalist MNIMH BSc (Hon)
Danielle has been practising herbal medicine for 7yrs across the north west of England. Danielle is passionate and knowledgeable about supporting health and well-being with natural medicines. She treats a wide variety of health complaints and has a particular interest in women’s hormonal health. Danielle has worked with Kath Antonis Medical Herbalist at the Haven Leeds offering herbal medicine and nutritional advice to breast cancer patients. She also runs health and well-being courses and workshops. All Welcome.
Monday 9th April 7pm Mary Akoo Gynaecologist Burnley General.
We are once again very happy to welcome Mary to talk informally about the menopause and some of the more intimate issues. All Welcome.
Our first evening session will be on Monday 5th March 7pm. We are happy to welcome Helen Lawrenson Lead Breast Care nurse and Andrea Cavendish advance nurse practitioner from the Breast Care Unit at Burnley General Hospital. They will be answering questions and chatting about the Follow Up Proceedure that is now in place and the new Breast Care and chemo unit opened at Burnley in December.
If you’ve had a breast care diagnosis and would like to know more about what the unit at Burnley General can help with please feel free to come along. Even if a support group isn’t something you feel you need maybe the information this evening will be of use to you now or in the future.
Monday 6th Nov Body Shop Fundraiser
Helen Foster from the Body Shop will be coming to talk, demonstrate and sell Body Shop goodies for Christmas or just for you!
AA percentage of the proceeds made will come back to our group so please invite family and friends and come along for a fun night out. All Welcome.
Monday 2nd October AGM 7pm Upstairs room Grindleton Pavilion. All Welcome.
Monday 5th June Deb Butterworth from Trulife Breastcare will be coming to chat about the company and what they offer women after breast surgery. Deb will have a collection of bras, swimwear and prosthesis to look at, try and order on the night. All Welcome.
Monday 8th May Lorraine Hargreaves founder of Milly's Smiles and Mother of Milly will be talking to us about her beautiful daughter, her fight with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and Ward 84 at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.
Lorraine and her team of helpers provide a welcome pack to each newly diagnosed family admitted to Ward 84, included in this pack is a rainbow elephant many of which have been knitted by ladies from RVBFs. All Welcome.
Monday 3rd April Kara Roberts from Lancashire Women's Centre will be coming to to our evening session to talk about all aspects of the centre at Accrington and what they offer. All Welcome.
Monday 6th March An Introduction to Meditation with Buddu Chill www.buddu.co.uk
We are very excited to be welcoming back Janine Buddu Chill who will be introducing us to the art of Meditation.
Looking at what it is and how it can be incorporated into daily life. We will look at different techniques of Meditation including guided visualisation mindful colouring, the use of sound and how to use your own breath to alleviate stress and encourage a positive outlook on life, health and well being. All Welcome.
Monday 6th February Two Inspirational Women 7-9pm
After a couple of close relatives were diagnosed with breast cancer Anne Geldard felt she wanted to help in some way. not one to resist a challenge in her 70th Year she signed up to Ride to Tanzania organised by Women V Cancer and raised a staggering £6000! Anne will be talking about her adventure.
Michelle French decided to challenge herself by walking the 3 peaks! A feat by anyone's standards but having just completed treatment and surgery for breast cancer, this was exceptional! Michelle found the motivation to complete this challenge helped her through the darker days of her treatment schedule and helped her cope with some of the gruelling symptoms. As part of the team for Breast Cancer Now they raised £9000.
Come along and listen to their stories - All welcome.
Monday 7th November Body Shop Fundraiser 7-9pm
Helen Foster from the Body Shop will be coming to talk, demonstrate and sell Body Shop goodies for Christmas or just for you!
A percentage of the proceeds made will come back to our group so please invite family and friends and come along for a fun night out. All Welcome.
Monday 3rd October 7-9pm The H E A R T S Process.
Joanne Hughes a volunteer therapist at The Christie Manchester will be talking and demonstrating HEARTS (Hands on, Empathy, Aromas, Relaxation, Texture, Sound). The different aspects of HEARTS can be used in any combination for people who are anxious, find it difficult to relax or unable to sleep. HEARTS was designed to be used where conventional massage techniques were inappropriate and in any situation where well intentioned touch could be beneficial to the patient. All HEARTS treatments are given through a fabric covering so that patients remain clothed.
Monday 4th July 7-9pm Mindfulness Talk
Deborah Robinson from Bluebess Couselling will be coming to chat with the group and do some gentle mindfulness exercises.
Interest in mindfulness is ever growing with its uses and benefits in helping people who want to self-manage conditions such as anxiety, stress, pain, depression or illness. All welcome
Monday 7th March There will not be an evening meeting on 7th we will have our usual afternoon meeting. All welcome.
Monday 1st February 7-9pm
Claire Thompson an independent Arbonne consultant will be delivering a workshop to discover how an holistic approach with a combination of massage, skincare, nutrition and cosmetics may be of benefit to anyone undergoing treatment or after their treatment. An overview of massage techniques to aid tiredness, stress, lymphoedema, general aches and pains and how to complement these with your skincare and nut ricin products. All welcome.
Monday 2nd November 7-9pm
Janine Simone Holistic Therapist and owner of Buddu Chill www.buddu.co.uk will be joining us to talk about and demonstrate the art of Reiki and Crystal Therapy. All welcome.
Monday 5th October 7-9pm
Mary Akoo Nurse Clinician Gynaecology Burnley Hospital
Mary will be discussing all aspects of the Menopause especially how it affects woman after Breast Cancer. All welcome.
Monday 7th September 7-9pm
Introduction to Mindful Art Therapy
Nadine Tattersall 3rd Year MA Art Psychotherapy, Leeds Beckett University will be coming to work with our group. Art Therapy uses art making as a therapeutic tool towards the process of healing, clearing the mind and self expression.
All art materials are supplied and can be used freely throughout the session.
Monday 6th July 7-9pm
Body Shop Fundraiser
Helen Foster from the Body Shop will be coming on Monday 6th July to sell products and do mini treatments. A percentage of all sales will be donated back to Ribble Valley Breast Friends. So please invite friends and family and come along for a fun packed evening.
Monday 1st June 7-9pm
Andrea Cavendish Advances Nurse Practitioner
Andrea works along side breast care consultants at Burnley General Hospital. She is also involved in seeing patients on the wards and those having delayed reconstruction.
Andrea will talk about how the follow up process is changing to include an Information Day following surgery, a treatment summary appointment with the Consultant/BCN and nurse led follow up. All welcome.
Monday 11th May 7pm
To celebrate our 1st Anniversary we will be holding our May evening meeting at The Emporium Clitheroe. Join us and meet other amazing and inspirational women!
Monday 13th April 7.30-9.30pm
Beth Sutcliffe Macmillan Physical Activities Coordinator
Beth Sutcliffe our Macmillan Move More coordinator will be coming to talk about all the exercise on offer in your local area and how it can be accessed. There will also be a Tai Chi session during the evening.
Monday 2nd March 7.30-9.30pm
Margaret Hall Macmillan Lymphoedma CNS
Margaret will be giving a general talk about lymphoedema secondary to breast cancer including;
What is lymphoedema, why you are at risk, what you can do to help reduce your risk, exercise and lymphoedema, signs and symptoms and what to do if swelling develops.
Monday 2nd February 7.30-9.30pm
Eileen Flatley - Breast Care Nurse.......Breast Reconstruction.
Monday 5th January 7.30-9.30pm
Kath Wallis - Genetic Counsellor St Mary's Hospital Manchester....Family History and Breast Cancer Risk
Kaths presentation will include breast cancer genetics, how breast cancer risk is assessed, genetic testing and options for women at high risk of breast cancer
Monday 1st December 7.30-9.30pm
Look Good Feel Better.....Make up and skin care masterclass.
Monday 3rd November 7.30-9.30
Alison Knapper Yoga and Breast Cancer......An introduction to yoga and breast cancer, tips on getting started and understanding the risks and benefits.
Monday 6th October 7.30-9.30
Fleur Lingerie & Swimwear....Janet Denton is an expert bra fitter working locally in Skipton she recognises the importance of a good fitting bra following breast surgery and stocks a full range of mastectomy products including the latest prosthesis and swimwear. Janet will be happy to chat with you and offer individual advice.
A massive thank you to everyone who supported us on Saturday. Thanks to the generosity of so many, Ribble Valley Breast Friends fundraiser launch was a total success.
A Chatburn woman determined to make a difference has set up the Ribble Valley’s only breast cancer support group.
Mother-of-three Alison Waller (50) decided to do so after working with patients whilst volunteering her skills as a reflexologist at Pendleside Hospice at Reedley, near Burnley.
Alison had noticed that the patients she was working with who had taken up the option of attending support groups in the Burnley and Pendle areas seemed more empowered and able to deal with their individual circumstances.
She was surprised to learn that there was no similar support network available in the Ribble Valley.