Pink Champagne

Dragon Boating is an extremely popular activity for people affected by cancer and one that is offered as part of the Living Well Active menu of opportunities in Dorset. Through a research project by Dr McKenzie in Canada (link here) it has been proven that paddling helps to mend the muscles and can help control the consequences of treatment.

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Pink Champagne was originally set up in 2008 by Dr Mary Mills, Layne Hamerston, Living Well active project  lead and the healthcare professionals  at Bournemouth hospital through a group of ladies to help them recover following breast cancer. The name Pink Champagne was suggested by a daughter of a team member to mean a celebration of life.

A small group of ladies quickly grew in numbers and before they knew it they were saving up to race in Canada. The event attracted 72 teams from all over the world to race in Canada with everyone and everything dressed in pink. The team came a fantastic 34th! From this, the team travelled to Sarasota in the USA last October and numerous other races in England and around the world.


Their aim is to spread the world about paddling and the benefits it has both physically and psychologically during recovery. Thanks to them they have set up their own Breast Cancer Dragon Boat team in Spain. There is a fantastic person centred support network available for the participants including attendance at Living Well Actives monthly motivational evenings and social events.

More recently the Pink Champagne ladies attended the Living Well active launch to promote their taster sessions and have featured on the BBC news promoting the benefits of the sport for people affected by cancer. Representatives have also attended our knowledge exchange events to speak about their journey.

Christine Bailey, a member of Pink Champagne says “Breast cancer is a bad thing, but the friendship that we have in Pink champagne and all over the world is a wonderful thing. We come for different walks of life and would never have met, but we are here for each other. We feel we have been given a second chance and were going for it. All in one boat together”.

To find out more about  Dragon Boating take a look at the link here. If you live in Dorset and the surrounding areas take a look at the other opportunities available to you here.

Walsall Walk On

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Walsall residents who are battling cancer or are in remission are being offered the chance to go on free health walks that will improve their mood and reduce their stress thanks to a partnership between the local council, NHS and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Walsall Walk On is a weekly programme of free health walks held in parks and countryside spaces across the borough. Each of the health walks is led by a nationally qualified Walk Leader assisted by a qualified Back Marker to ensure the walks are tailored to suit everyone’s speed and ability.

Community activity co-ordinator Stuart Terry said: “Working alongside Macmillan Cancer Support has shown that being active is safe and has lots of benefits to help manage some of the side effects of cancer treatment. As well as meeting people in similar circumstances it also reduces cancer related fatigue, stress and anxiety and improves low mood or depression. For some cancer types physical activity can also lower your risk of the cancer coming back.”

The first walks will take place on Tuesday mornings, in Walsall Arboretum, meeting at the visitors centre at 9:45am for a 10am start.

For more infomation visit the Walking for Health website here

Move More Edinburgh Launches

move more edinburghMacmillan Cancer Support and Edinburgh Leisure are delighted to have teamed up to establish Move More Edinburgh. This is the latest Move More project to get started. Move More Edinburgh will offer all four of the Move More activities; gentle movement, walking and circuit classes with gardening following in year two.  Many of the classes will take place in Edinburgh Leisure venues as well as local community spaces to help bridge the gap back into mainstream physical activity. Following participation in one or more of the physical activity sessions participants will be signposted onto Edinburgh Leisure and community activities to continue with their physical activity.
Edinburgh Leisure is the largest leisure provider in Edinburgh with over 30 venues and more than 4.8 million customer visits per year.  As a not for profit organisation their goal is to make a positive difference across the city, helping everyone to get active, stay active and achieve more. The Move More project sits within Edinburgh Leisure’s health team along with 7 other projects, many funded by external partners.  From weight management to falls prevention, each of the projects aims to help those who face health inequalities the chance to experience the benefits of physical activity for themselves.  Edinburgh Leisure have a strong presence in local communities across the city and with funding and expertise from Macmillan Cancer Support the Move More Edinburgh project will reach out to people in Edinburgh affected by cancer, enabling them to get active.