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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Garden Picture.JPG​Welcome to The Bracken Trust 

The Bracken Trust is open from Monday to Friday and is here to support people who are living with cancer, their families and the bereaved.

Located in beautiful, secluded premises on the outskirts of Llandrindod Wells, in Powys, Wales, we cover over a 30-mile radius, offering help by providing information, advice, support, counselling and complementary therapies. 

The Bracken Trust is about empowering people to live with, through and beyond cancer by bringing together professional help, communities of support and creating an exceptional centre for cancer care. 

Trust Finance Manager required at Bracken Trust 

This is a 2 day a week post, 15 hours salary £7,180 

Please apply for application pack to: 

The Bracken Trust Cancer Support Centre, Cefnllys Lane, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5LJ 

Tel:01597 823646    Email:   

Closing date: 5.00pm Monday 19th September 2016​

Colostomy Day event  1st October

The Colostomy Association is calling on ostomates, carers and the public to  get involved with Colostomy Day 2016 and so on Saturday 1st October The Bracken Trust will be offering a friendly welcome and short complementary therapy sessions to anyone who has a colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy.

The event will take place between 10am -12noon  and is free of charge. Anyone who has a stoma will be most welcome to attend. 

Helen Davies, Senior Nurse at The Trust said "the need for a stoma as a consequence of  bowel or bladder conditions can impact on physical ,emotional and psychological well being. The Trust therefore has a stoma support group which meets twice year, to allow members and carers to exchange useful information, give each other moral support and gain knowledge from professional speakers. Members of the support group will be resent on the 1st October and are keen to expand the group by welcoming new members with a listening ear, tea, coffee and cake"'

If you  are living with a stoma and would like to attend this event or find out more, please call Helen or Linda at The Bracken Trust on 01597 823646.

Run 4 B logo.jpgRun for Bracken Success! 
Our annual event took place on Sunday 12 May and was a massive success, with a huge increase on numbers this year (from 85 to 169!!!).  Many, many thanks to ALL our competitors and supporters, and in particular to Maggie and all at the Llandrindod Walk to Run / Just Move group who came along in such numbers.
Once all entry fees and sponsorship money has  come in, we will post the grand total for the amount raised - thanks to all who took part and all who helped out on the day - it was amazing!Just Move logo.jpg
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How easy is Yoga?

It's fine when you do it
The Bracken Trust way! 

Due to the success of our recent Yoga Taster Session, we are holding more.  Come and have a (gentle) go on Friday 22 April at 11.00 am (and again on 6 May & 27 May).                                                                                         All ability levels welcome!
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For information on breast, cervical and bowel screening in Wales ​

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please click here​

Some Useful Links:
Haven.jpgFor Breast Cancer support in and around Herefordshire
Click H​​ere

Skanda Vale.jpgFor cancer and palliative care services across South West Wales Click Here
Bike for bracken.jpgFor our Bike for Bracken facebook page Click Here
Macmillan.jpgFor Macmillan Cancer Support across the UK Click Here
Powys lhb.jpgFor Powys Local Health Board Click Here
Big lottery.gifFor Big Lottery Fund Wales Click Here
nhswales_logo.pngFor Llandrindod Wells Medical Surgery Click Here
age cymru.jpgFor Age Cy​mru Click Here

fb-link-preview-logo.jpgFor information and support regarding prostate cancer Click Here

Bowel-Cancer-UK-logo-Large-1mb3.jpgFor information and support regarding bowel cancer Click Here

ovacome.pngFor information and support regarding ovarian cancer Click Here

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For hospice support in and around Herefordshire Click Here
Powys_Carers_Service_logo.pngFor information and support when you are caring for someone else Click Here

Tenovus.jpegFor additional cancer support, including money advice, Click Here

BT Logo.jpgRemembrance

Helen and Linda held a Remembrance Afternoon here at The Trust on Saturday 19 September 2015

Guests heard some readings, some music and a thought from our minister, and had the opportunity to place a small memorial stone in our garden, showing the name of a loved one.

If you have lost someone close and would like to visit this special part of the garden to spend time in thought and perhaps place your own stone please call Helen or Linda.  

​Please sponsor Kev Percy and/or Nigel Marathon Dorsett!   
                    (See panel to the right)

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         at ​Royal Welsh Show
The Free Macmillan Information and Support bus was at the Royal Welsh Show recently and will be back in Wales during August. They will be sign posting members of the general public to local services such as ourselves.  We have a wealth of Macmillan information here​ at The Trust in Cefnllys Lane, but do visit the bus if you get the chance!

Look who came to our Summer Fayre!
Peppa Pig was a major hit with our younger visitors (AND  with some of older ones, AND with all the staff!).  She helped make the day a real success and, with extremely kind match funding from Barclays Bank, we raised over £5,000!  Thank you to all who attended, but especially all the volunteers and helpers, including the long suffering husbands....                      
                                                 Thank You All!
Shhhh!!!!   Especial thanks to Kieran - you know why....!!!!

s300_BCOC-Breast70-Logo-NEG_1__9.jpgPublic Health England (PHE) has launched a nationwide ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ campaign aimed at women aged 70 and over to drive awareness of the risk of breast cancer amongst this age group and to increase their knowledge of lesser-known breast cancer symptoms.

Around 13,400 women aged 70 and over are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, accounting for a third of all breast cancer cases. Approximately 30% of all women diagnosed with breast cancer report a symptom other than a lump. However, research shows that when asked to name symptoms of breast cancer, only half of women over 70 (48%) could name a symptom aside from a lump.

Despite older women being at an increased risk of breast cancer, they are also more likely to delay going to their GP with breast cancer symptoms. This year’s campaign activity will reinforce the message ‘don’t assume you’re past it’, urging older women to visit their doctor straight away if they notice any unusual or persistent changes to their breasts such as a lump or a change to a nipple or to the skin or the shape of a breast.​  
                                     Ladies (and men!) this advice applies equally in Wales!

 flying.jpg                 ​  ​      Cancer Support Courses and Groups

     We run a number of courses/groups aimed at people who are dealing with the effects of cancer, from one-to-one talks with others who have been through similar situations or treatment, to small groups of people all coping with the day to day management of the impacts of cancer.  Please speak to one of our nurses if you are interested in hearing more about these.   

House visibility for The Welsh Ambulance service 

Image result for wales ambulanceThe Welsh Ambulance service is encouraging people to make sure their house name or number is clearly visible from the roadside.  This is especially important in rural areas during the dark winter months.

To help The Welsh Ambulance service get to you as quickly as possible in an emergency please follow these simple steps:

• If it's dark - put a light on
• Unlock the front door and lock away any pets
• If possible, send an adult to the road to get the attention of and direct emergency services

Remember, only do these things if it is safe to do so.

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Would you like to stop smoking?stop smoking.jpg

Stopping smoking is one of the most effective steps you can take to improve your health.  Stopping smoking 8 weeks before an operation could reduce your hospital stay and will also save you money BUT it isn't easy.

If you would like to stop smoking there are a number of ways you can be supported and with support you are four times more likely to succeed.

Interested? Then call the freephone 'Stop Smoking Wales' number 0800 085 2215 or speak to Helen who has completed stop smoking intervention training.  She will be pleased to help. 

Calling all Carers!

Carers Group at The Bracken Trust.

Do you care for someone at home with an ongoing health condition (not just cancer)?

We love to see new faces (and familiar ones, too!) at our regular group which meets every 2nd Monday of the month at The Bracken Trust.  

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Face Painting at Strawberry Fair

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Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall visit Bracken Trust

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Tea-time at Strawbery Fair



​​​​​​Forthcoming Fundraising ​
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Our SUMMER 2016 Newsletter
is now available - please click the
following link......

Summer newsletter 2016.pdf

!!!Thank you!!!

Many, many thanks to all our competitors and of course to our fantastic volunteers, supporters, marshals and helpers on Sunday 27 September who performed the vast range of tasks needed to make this annual event a success yet again!  We will post more of an update once figures and timings etc are finalised.  
Thank you all!

Please see our Bike for Bracken facebook page for updates on future events.

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!!! STOP PRESS !!!
We are exceptionally pleased to announce a further major grant from the Big Lottery Fund to help us over the next three years. BIG has contributed around a third of our total running costs for several years now.  It is great to see such a high profile organisation giving support to such a small organisation in such a rural area.  Without this grant we would have to significantly reduce our activities and our services to cancer patients. We are now funded to start our Inclusive Cancer Support Strategy which will run over the next three years.
Thank you particularly to Wendy Abel of the Better Bids Team whose expertise and calm guiding hand was MUCH appreciated when putting our bid together.

Our Fabulous team of Volunteers were shortlisted for the PAVO Volunteer Awards 2015.  Judging took place in August, and the winners of each category were announced at The Wyeside on 1 October.
We took our place as runners up alongside some other fantastic local groups so we were very proud.  Thank you to Sue Parsons and Denise Thorn for representing us on the night.
From the volunteers who keep us all supplied with drinks and provide a constant supply of clean linen for our treatment rooms, to those who who help lead our healthy living activities, to our cooks, to our magnificent fundraisers and also the long suffering friends/ relatives/husbands and partners who put up gazebos, transport people and equipment and stand on lonely lanes directing runners and cyclists etc etc etc.......... Not forgetting those lone fund raisers who do mad things for money........THANK YOU!!!

Award Success!


We have succes​sfully retained our ‘Macmillan Quality Environment Mark’ (MQEM).  The award is a quality framework used for assessing whether cancer care environments meet the standards required people living with cancer.  The Assessors were very complementary about The Trust.​​​

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