Charity cycling – Way of the Roses

Greg Hayward Cycling

On the 28th June Greg Hayward (York HEAL project manager) will be cycling the infamous Way of the Roses route from the West (Morecombe) to the East (Bridlington) coast. Greg and a team of 3 cyclists will be tackling the hilly 170 mile route in just one day for a local charity to help residents in York living with and after breast cancer.

York Breast Friends is a recently established support group for residents of York and the surrounding area who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The group is a peer-led charity and provides a safe and supportive environment by holding regular meetings and organising fun activities for those living with and beyond a breast cancer diagnosis. Greg is part of the council’s HEAL team and has seen firsthand the positive influence support groups can have on individuals affected by cancer, especially when clinicians and health professions are unable to relate to the emotional and physical experiences.

We wish Greg the best of luck with this huge challenge! If you would like to donate and make a difference to many lives you can sponsor the Way of the Roses team HERE.

Train the trainer pilot

6298631_janWe are in the process of developing a new training offer that will enable health care practitioners and others to deliver the ‘very brief advice’ element of our physical activity behaviour change care pathway, advice given opportunistically in less than two minutes.

We are following a rigorous process in developing the training and it is currently undergoing a feasibility pilot for delivery via webinar and face to face. For both these elements we will then be developing a Train the trainer model.

We are following a rigorous process in developing the training and it is currently undergoing a feasibility pilot for delivery via webinar and face to face. This training offer is the very first of its kind within the UK. It has been developed using a theory based model and is based upon the available evidence.

Whilst being designed for people living with and beyond cancer can also be applicable for delivering very brief advice on physical activity for the prevention and management of all relevant non communicable diseases.

We are trying to recruit nurses to take part in the testing of the online pilot. The session takes 60 minutes and is delivered using webex technology. If you are interested in taking part in this exciting pilot study then please contact

Move More Aberdeen Launches



The new and exciting Move More Aberdeen programme was launched to press and public on Monday 8th June. This, the latest programme to be launched under the Move More Scotland banner, provides people affected by cancer in Aberdeen City the opportunity to ‘move more and feel better’.

The launch event at Torry Youth and leisure centre was host to over 50 influential people from the fields of cancer care, physical activity, and public health. There were representatives from partners and supporters of the programme at Macmillan Cancer Support, Sport Aberdeen, CLAN Cancer Support, Paths for All and NHS Grampian. The Lord Provost George Adam was also a guest at the event. The most distinguished guests, however, were not the dignitaries but the superb volunteers and participants of the Move More Aberdeen programme.

A series of short speeches was delivered to highlight some important elements of the programme: The partnership between Macmillan and Sport Aberdeen (Janice Preston, Macmillan’s General Manager for Scotland and Duncan Sinclair, Operational Director at Sport Aberdeen); the research evidence for physical activity in cancer (Dr Anna Campbell, Associate Professor at Napier University) and its benefits for people affected by cancer in clinical practice (Dr Trevor McGoldrick, Consultant medical oncologist, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary).

Dr McGoldrick said “The oncologists in Grampian are delighted to support this important initiative.  There is mounting evidence to support the role of increased physical activity in patients affected by cancer.  Not only may increased physical activity reduce the side effects of cancer treatments and improve quality of life but excitingly may also possibly reduce the risk for cancer recurrence and improve survival from cancer.”


The speeches delivered by professionals and experts were interesting and illuminating, but were eclipsed by the real world experiences of the first Move More Aberdeen volunteers and participants which brought the whole event to life and demonstrated powerfully why it is we do what we do. Clare McWilliams and Esther Milne, (Move More Aberdeen volunteers), told of how they had gained much more than they had given through being a volunteer on the programme and how they have loved doing something really positive to help people affected by cancer ‘move more’. Stuart Clark and Gemma Bicocchi spoke passionately about how physical activity has helped them to overcome the difficulties of cancer and its gruelling treatment and to regain a better quality of life, reduce the isolation of the disease and return gradually to their normal activities.

The launch of the new Move More Aberdeen programme is momentous step. It marks a great advancement in the delivery of community-based cancer care in Aberdeen City, bringing physical activity to the frontline in the fight against cancer and its long-term effects. It will ensure that more people affected by cancer can get more active more often and enjoy the benefits that inevitably brings.

Macmillan Move More Programme in East Lancs & Blackburn with Darwen


The Macmillan Move More Programme in East Lancs & Blackburn with Darwen has three exciting updates to make you aware of…

1) Regular physical activity sessions are now running for individuals diagnosed with breast cancer. As well as these specific sessions there is a wide range of classes, gym sessions and other sport and physical activity sessions that individuals can now access with support.

2) Successful sessions are running in Blackburn working with the local breast care support group. Read the full case stury here

3) Move More alternative sports taster sessions are being held throughout June 2015. Health professionals and anyone wanting to find out more about Move More are very welcome!


Move More is on Facebook! Like us on Facebook at Macmillan Move More East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen and keep up to date with the programme.

New partnership supporting people affected by cancer locally to get active in Walsall


A new partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust is supporting people affected by cancer across Walsall to get active, and feel good.

Caroline Larkin is the new NHS Macmillan Physical Activity Advisor in Walsall providing one-to-one Feel Good consultations for people affected by cancer to support them in finding safe and effective ways of becoming more active.

Caroline is a level 4 registered exercise professional in Cancer Rehabilitation and has been working as a Physical Activity Advisor for Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust for six years encouraging families to become more active and lead a healthy lifestyles and running specialist Weight Management Clinics and Pregnancy Post Natal classes.

She says, “I feel very lucky to have been given this opportunity to work Macmillan as I know the positive difference that physical activity can make to people’s lives. I think that my previous experience of working with people from all backgrounds and with a variety of different health conditions will put me in a good position to support patients with cancer. Within our service we do already have many people who have had or are still living with cancer and are attending our sessions regularly.

Being based within the Trust is great as it means we already have some good relationships amongst the healthcare professionals here and it will be easier for us to become better integrated within the care pathway. Initially I am working primarily with the Breast Care Team and they are using an opt out policy for their patients, so as part of the care pathway all their patients have the opportunity to meet with me for a one-to-one Feel Good consultation.This service is the first of its kind in Walsall and will give opportunities to lots of people.”

For further information about the Walsall Physical Activity Project contact Caroline at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, Lifestyle Services on 01922 444044.