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.

Pix by Sally Adams  24/6/12      bPinkdragon1 The Pink Champagne Dragon Boat team, pictured, hold a fundraising event at Hengistbury Head Outdoor Centre.

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.

Dorset Living Well Active is now live!

We are excited to announce that The Dorset Living Well Active Project new website is now live , providing a ‘shopfront’ for the activities, events, learning and support opportunities on offer. Once a person living with cancer has registered as a member on the site they are able to view a dedicated activity/service information page. There will also be news, events and testimonials which will be promoted through the site and social media. Watch this space for developments on the project!

Do you use online tools to help you get yourself or other people moving more and aware of the benefits to physical activity? Tweet us @Macmovemore we’d love to see what like minded individuals are doing.