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Free cancer course comes to Crawley

Living Well courses are free and empower people with cancer and their supporters to rediscover their joy of living.



Course Photo – Penny Brohn UK is hosting a free, two-day cancer support course.

A leading cancer charity is hosting a free support course in Crawley for people with cancer and their close supporter.

Penny Brohn UK’s two-day Living Well course takes place at the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre, West Green Drive, on 17 and 24 November, from 10am to 5.30pm.

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The course addresses cancer’s physical and psychological impact and shows how healthy eating, exercise and relaxation can improve health and wellbeing, before, during and after medical treatment.

Penny Brohn UK Living Well regional partnership manager Supriya More said: “Cancer can be overwhelming, but many small things can add up to make a big difference to the way people cope as they prepare for, undergo or recover from treatment.

“Our Living Well helps people take back some control of their lives.”

A recent course attendee added:

“I highly recommend this to everyone with cancer and those supporting them.

“If anything, it was more valuable to my husband (I’m the one with cancer) – it gave him the opportunity to talk to others in the same situation.”

With over 39 years’ experience, Penny Brohn UK recognises that people with cancer need more than medicine.

Its Bristol Whole Life Approach provides integrated whole person cancer support that works alongside medical treatment to achieve the best health and wellbeing.

The approach explores areas such as diet, exercise, relationships and managing stress, through free residential and day courses, one-to-one therapies, groups and national helpline.

Living Well courses are free and empower people with cancer and their supporters to rediscover their joy of living.

Places are limited and first come, first served.

To book or for more information, call 0303 3000 118, email or visit


Crawley play marks Breast Cancer Awareness month

Crowdfunding for the play has almost reached its target and closes at the end of the day today (8 October).



Bodies' Nicholas Owen; Mayor Carlos Castro; Rebecca Dorkins, Olive Tree Trustee; Henry Smith MP; Alyson Smith, Olive Tree Fundraising Manager; Mukul Ahmed Director.

Emerging from Blood Cancer Awareness month into the pink focus surrounding Breast Cancer Awareness some of the realities of having a cancer diagnosis were highlighted upon with a newly written play ‘Bodies’ at The Hawth on Monday October 1st with donations taken and raffle tickets sold for the Olive Tree Cancer support centre on the night.

The evening was attended by many Olive Tree supporters, those who have links in supporting those with cancer in the Crawley and wider Sussex community.

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It included dignitaries such as the Mayor of Crawley Carlos Castro, BBC News reader and Olive Tree President Nicholas Owen and Crawley MP Henry Smith who also chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group for Blood Cancer awareness and is an active Olive Tree supporter.

Written by Raminder Kaur, the Crawley-based artistic company Sohaya Visions and collaborated with the Mukul and Ghetto Tigers with funding from the Arts Council to allow the team to research, focus, develop, perform, and expand the script.

When one in two people are likely to get cancer in their lifetime knowing what to do and how to deal with it becomes more important. Bodies is an experimental, multi-media show that combines tragedy with comedy, weaving ancient Indian and contemporary stories about dilemmas of the body, mind and people’s experiences with cancer.

A Question and Answer session took place after the play which was chaired by Nicholas Owen and brought the team of performers and creatives some great feedback.

Kusum Chaplain manager of the Cancer Research UK Windsor shop said, “the play should be taken to more locations to improve the conversation around cancer” and, “the performance was awesome” MP Henry Smith thought: “It has been a very moving performance which goes across the spectrum of peoples experience of cancer….a remarkable show” and has shown his support on Twitter for the project.

Shine member Craig Bakin said, “the music, acting and effects and characters were very interesting and inspirational, it was wonderful”.

Shine is a unique charity which supports young adults from ages 20-50 with all cancers across the UK including Shine Sussex that hosts local meet ups.

Nicholas Owen reflected: “From personal experience-I recognise so many bits. I think you did a difficult job in a fascinating way with some marvellous comedic moments”.

Bodies is a new Spacehive crowdfunded initiative backed by Crawley Borough Council with a fantastic £800 pledge. The Crowdfunding page really needs some more pledges- £5, £10 and upwards would be very helpful as the crowdfunding closes at the end of the day today (October 8th). At the time of publication, the crowdfunding page has reached £1,680 out of its £1,808 target.

“Spacehive crowdfunding is an all or nothing model and we will only receive the total money including the pledge from Crawley Council if we reach the target. This will allow us to provide funds for: videography and Crawley photographer David Dawes to make the parts of the play available for all to view online, improve educational awareness and community engagement and based on feedback to develop Bodies to perform again to widen, share and improve the cancer conversation with this new artistic artform.”

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