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.
|Run 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!
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!
Did you know you could get help making ends meet?
Tenovus Cancer Support Advisors can tell you if there's any extra money or benefits you might be entitled to, and can help you through the process.
Mark Woodhouse, Tenovus Cancer Support Advisor, recently spent a day at The Bracken Trust meeting with individuals to discuss concerns and options. If you would like to talk to Mark (in confidence), either contact Tenovus direct or speak to our nurse who will arrange contact.
If you would like to contact Tenovus direct, call them free on 0808 808 1010 or visit www.tenovuscancercare.org.uk/
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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!
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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....!!!!
Public 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!
| 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
The 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.
Would you like to stop smoking?
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.