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This Year we are Supporting (2015)

Posted on 01/09/2015 by Bale Push Administrator in Charity Support General News

Parkinson's UK Mid Cornwall

We first supported Parkinson's UK Mid Cornwall Branch in 2007 and again in 2010. The Mid Cornwall Branch has recently celebrated its offers the opportunity for Parkinson's suffers and their families you to meet other people in the area, get information and support as well as take part in activities. The services of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly PCT and the support given to people with Parkinson's disease in Cornwall are excellent. Cornwall has a superb team of doctors headed by Dr Doug McMahon, who has a real passionate interest in Parkinson's as well as three Parkinson's nurses, a Parkinson's nurse consultant, a specialist physiotherapist and an occupational therapist.

The Our volunteer welfare workers are very experienced and spend many hours a week visiting people with Parkinson's and their families. The team is headed by Mr Bernard Salisbury who can be reached through the honorary secretary. The Branch has regular support group meetings, information days, interest days, social events and exercise classes all over the county on a regular basis.

Mid Cornwall Branch Chairperson Sue Whipps writes:

It is wonderful that you are again thinking of us when planning the Crantock Bale Push. Looking back at what you wrote last time I can see how much our branch has developed since then. Of course, the developments are down to the financial support given by others such as yourselves as well as the energy of our branch volunteers. We now run three Drop-in meetings each month, one each at Carnon Downs, St. Austell and East Taphouse. Our younger onset Parkinson's group (YOPs) also meets in the evenings, once a month, at either Threemilestone or Roche. These meetings are in addition to the special events which still take place all over the branch's patch. Our newsletter goes to over 500 people in the county and we are working hard to try to reach the possibly 1000 more people living with the condition in Cornwall. For people who find it difficult to get to any of our events, the newsletter is invaluable as both a source of information and in helping them feel part of a community of people with challenges in common.

Thank you for your invitation to attend the organised mayhem which is the Bale Push.

My contact details for anybody enquiring about Parkinson's UK in Cornwall are: Sue Whipps, 01503 262166.


Cornish Families fighting Cancer – was formed in 2013 and started with a small group of parents that had met while their children were having treatment for cancer at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. The parents formed this group by holding a once a month get together over coffee at a local coffee shop in Truro. It gave these parents a chance to support each other and when treatment finishes helps continue in friendship.

The group were lucky to have support from a staff and ex parents of children to help them through these difficult times. The group was able to ask a staff member at RCHT to help develop the group by arranging events for these families of children from 0 – young adults looking at supporting of a whole family’s needs, including the very important siblings of children who were having ongoing treatment.

During 2014, events have been put on to provide as much support as possible to all family members helping everyone share experiences, give and receive help from each other. Children and young people can meet others who know what it is like to have cancer, make friends and learn that it’s not always sad or heartbreaking times but to see and have a light at the end of the rainbow. Much more can be achieved with the support of obtaining funding, so your help is greatly appreciated.

What is different about CFFC to other support groups.
CFFC support children undergoing cancer treatment in Cornwall from 0 – 24.yrs and link closely with CLIC Sargent and TYA Community Nurses, helping with transitional care between the two organisations. Events are laid on for the teenagers of CLIC Sargent (patients which includes 13 – 18yrs) and TYA patients 16 – 24 yr. olds. We listen closely to what the children want, help them to share their experience, support each other and encourage them to join into national events that have been put on thought the UK. Many adults struggle with the effects of cancer treatment, with work, emotions and family life, they have support from Macmillan and CFFC are here to support the children, teenagers and young adults.

What we need to do for 2015/2016 is to build our social group of parents, get out there and make ourselves known, provide more support for bereaved families and help the youngsters of today help each other. Provide support for the siblings but most of all learn to love and live life to its full potential with and without cancer.

How can you help
We try and put on as many events during the year e.g. Easter Egg Hunts, Christmas Parties, Ice Skating, Bowling and social gatherings for the teenagers. All of these events require funding and you could help by raising funds to enable these children and young adults take part in everyday life. Last year Kier Construction, LARF & Camborne Fire Station all supported this group of children. We are looking for other groups, companies, families to support us during 2015/2016 to help children and young people in Cornwall. All money given to CFFC is given to these events with no admin costs. If you would like to support an event please contact Debbie Charles on 07854385589 or Where you can get involved or just support the next upcoming event.


Crantock Memory Cafe continues to thrive, with an increased membership, providing a friendly, relaxed and stimulating afternoon for those in our local community who suffer from or are concerned about memory loss. Over the last year there has been increased national and local publicity and awareness of Alzheimer’s and related disabilities, and currently we are pleased to support those with a degree of memory loss from Crantock, Cubert, St Newlyn East, Quintrell Downs, Newquay and beyond. Our band of trained volunteers, supported by personnel from related professional bodies, work hard to offer our members and their carers a wide range of stimulating games, opportunities for reminiscence, activities and music based around a variety of topics. We have been delighted to welcome talented visitors from our community who have shared their various areas of expertise with us over the past year including arts and crafts, music and dance, exotic holiday experiences and early gramophones, not forgetting, of course, a performance of the Crantock W I pantomime!

An essential element of our cafe has always been a delicious afternoon tea, with homemade cakes and biscuits generously provided by several talented cooks and served up by our friendly and efficient catering volunteers. This gives everybody an opportunity to mix and chat, and the mutual support and friendships which have developed have become an important part of our afternoons. This has led to a new development - ‘Memory Cafe Extra’ – a second meeting in the middle of the month when members can meet, chat, perhaps watch a film or play a board game or two if they wish, or just have a change of scene for an hour or two in pleasant company. We currently meet on the first and third Monday of each month from 2pm – 4pm in Crantock Village Hall and new members are always welcome. If you would like further information please ring Di on 01637 830544, Joan on 01637 831347 or visit our website:

As you can see we are an active group and are delighted that the ‘Bale Push’ is supporting us this year so that we can continue to develop this facility within the local community. Come and meet us at our stall on the night of the Bale Push and see what we have to offer!!


It is a shocking fact that 1 in 4 people will have a stroke, and nationally every 5 minutes someone will have a stroke or acquire a brain injury. Wired is the ONLY rehabilitation Centre in the Community of Cornwall, that offers conventional therapies and art and craft workshops to people who have suffered from a stroke, or acquired brain injury (ABI), as well as long term neurological conditions. The “road to recovery” may take weeks or years. In some cases, the frustration which can be caused by a stroke is very hard to come to terms with. The outcomes are on-going. Knowledge and coping strategies passed on from patient to patient are key to the project's success. WIRED Cornwall is a non-profit making organisation, which is run as a community interest company. All the money raised is put back into the company to ensure that WIRED continues to serve the particular needs of stroke & brain injury people in Cornwall, for Cornwall.

Dr Liz Barnes, Clinical Director of WIRED Cornwall, started giving 2 days per week, working with stroke patients in conversation groups. It became very apparent that although helpful, there was a desperate need (evident from patients’ anger and frustration alone) for an outlet for creativity, personal development and expansion; both physically and mentally. A structured approach was needed, where those who could not speak were not segregated from group sessions. Discussions with patients and carers provided Dr Barnes with the evidence to move forward; combining both therapies and skills workshops, offering on-going mobility and speech and language treatments. Providing personal life-enhancing accomplishments for patients became her priority. WIRED combines clinical and recreational therapies and workshops not offered together anywhere else in the County.

All of the patients at WIRED have been denied any further chance of re-habilitation due to hospital targets and failings of ESD. WIRED is run by the patients, for the patients as a non-profit making Community Interest Project. With over 100 patients per week attending physiotherapy, 1:1 counselling, music therapy, art classes, jewellery making and many other workshops; it is the only way in Cornwall for patients to access treatments, until the hospitals recognise the dire need for more community rehabilitation in Cornwall. Dr Barnes passionately believes that any improvement, no matter how small, is a milestone.

WIRED Cornwall CIC Trevissome Business Park Chiverton Cross Truro Cornwall TR4 8UN 01872 562781


Crantock Surf Life Saving Club (CSLSC) has had another busy year and continues to grow from strength to strength. The hut on the beach may have been fairly quiet over the winter but the Crantock Surf Lifesaving members have been extremely busy! There have been quite a few competitions going on over the winter with the Nippers, Juniors, Open and Masters giving their all to bring home more medals. The Nippers took part in the Cornish Frostbite Indoor Championships and proved themselves to be an incredibly strong team as ever with an impressive medal haul for such a small team. The girls came 3rd in the county and the overall Crantock Nippers came 7th. We are very proud of their achievement and all the hard work that they put in to getting such a great result for the Club. The adults got a small team together for the Open and Masters Frostbite coming 6th overall. Another fabulous result!

We're looking forward to the competitions this summer will bring and hope to be bringing even more medals home for Crantock SLSC.

Thanks to all the donations and fundraising over the past year, the club has now started to get the hut ready for the summer. We'll be busy repairing boards, buying new kit for the Nippers and continuing to get better and better.

The CSLSC are very much looking forward to competing in the 2015 Crantock Bale Push (there are some trophies to reclaim!!) as a Club we would like to thank the Bale Push Committee and the continued support of the Parish of Crantock, without the help of our volunteers, members and supporters many of our adventures would not be possible. Good luck to everyone taking part, “if you don’t go, you won’t know”!!! We put the 2014 Bale Push donation towards getting the RIB engine serviced, new surf skis and a ton of repairs on all the equipment!