Spring Newsletter 2022
Welcome to our second newsletter!
Coming up in May for Peaches Womb Cancer Trust…
Following the success of our first virtual support coffee morning in April, we’ll be hosting these on the first Wednesday of every month 11am -12 noon. Spaces are first come, first served and limited to 10 people. This group is a safe space to meet and chat with others affected by womb cancer, share experiences and offer support. Our next event will be advertised via social media.
Free Evening Webinar
Join us on Thursday 12th May, 7pm-8pm for a one hour webinar “Intimate health changes and sexual wellbeing after womb cancer”. Our speakers include Julia Pugh, Psychosexual Therapist and Advanced Nurse Practitioner alongside Lavinia Winch, YES! lubricant ambassador. Questions for our speakers can be submitted in advance of the webinar via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can register for the webinar here.
Great Manchester Run
22nd May 2022 sees the arrival of the Great Manchester Run. We have secured 10K places and half marathon places and we would be thrilled if you’d support our work by running on our behalf.
The cost to enter is £20 and we would ask those running 10K to raise £100 in sponsorship and those running the half marathon, £200 in sponsorship.
To secure your place, please email email@example.com.
Peaches Cream Teas
We’re excited to announce that May is also Peaches and Cream Tea month! Get those cakes, scones, brownies and sweet treats together with friends to have a catch up and raise funds for Peaches Womb Cancer Trust. Just choose a date in May that suits you.
We’re happy to provide promotional packs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Womb Cancer and Lynch Syndrome Survey
It’s not too late to complete the Womb Cancer and Lynch Syndrome Survey in collaboration with GoGirls! Your input is important, so please follow the link below to complete the survey.
We were delighted with the news that Dostarlimab has been approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for previously treated advanced or recurrent womb cancer. Peaches Womb Cancer Trust was quoted in the Daily Mail and you can read our press release here.
Peaches Patient Voices
Since its launch last October, Peaches Patient Voices has gone from strength to strength, thanks to the 36 people who have already joined.
Many of the group discussed their views on Leanne Shearsmith’s research proposal, which is looking at support for physical exercise following womb cancer treatment. Leanne was blown away by the valuable contributions made by Peaches Patient Voices, which has made a real difference in shaping her research.
Following her involvement in Leanne’s study, Patient Voices member, Helen Pritchard, wrote a fantastic blog about this, as well as the importance of exercise in helping her own recovery from womb cancer treatment. You can read Helen’s blog here.
Peaches is incredibly grateful to the Patient Voices members who joined focus group discussions, or completed a questionnaire, to inform its evidence submission to NICE. NICE is appraising a new treatment (pembrolizumab and lenvatinib) for advanced, recurrent or metastatic womb cancer and it’s critically important to its decision that it hears from people with lived experience. We can’t thank enough those Patient Voices members who so candidly shared their experiences of womb cancer and views on current treatments. We heard your (collective) voice loud and clear and this helped us enormously in submitting a very strong case to NICE. Thank you!
We have also been able to submit a detailed response to the UK Government 10 Year Cancer Plan – informed by the invaluable work of our Peaches Patient Voice member panel.
Finally, we are delighted to have launched our new Peaches Patient Voices webpage.
We have recently contributed to the Gynae Oncology Services Survey. Thank you to all who got involved and contributed. We look forward to seeing the outcome of this!
We have sent out our first Peaches Womb Caner Trust Awareness packs containing leaflets, business cards and merchandise to 60 Gynaecological Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist teams. This project has been made possible by a grant awarded to us by GlaxoSmithKline.
Our aim is to reach out to all teams within the UK and at present, we don’t have contact details for all. If you are a CNS or you have the contact details for one, please forward to email@example.com and we can reach out to them.
We are proud to have supported two early career researchers to present their work at scientific conferences. Dr Kelechi Njoku, a Cancer Research UK Clinical Research Fellow and Welcome Trust Manchester Translational Informatics Scholar, and Olivia Aurangzeb, a medical student, were awarded the Peaches Womb Cancer Trust Blair Bell Bursary for the 2022 meeting.
Our long-term aim is to fund a Clinical Research Fellow post (cost approx. £265,000). As you can appreciate, it is going to take a lot of bake sales, womb wiggling and fun runs to achieve this target…but we’re working on it with your continued support!
A huge thank you to all of those who have shared their story and allowed us to include this on our website. Since our last newsletter we have uploaded more and they are of enormous value to our followers.
For anyone who would like to share their story, as each is unique, please get in touch with us via social media or email.
Thank you to those who have already contributed to our call for “Top Tips”
Peaches are putting together an information leaflet to help those undergoing treatment for womb cancer and we need your help! We would love to include any top tips and advice that helped you or someone you know throughout their womb cancer treatment.
If you would like to share your tips, please send us an email!
Donate while you shop!
Just letting you know that Peaches Womb Cancer Trust are now registered with easyfundraising, which means you can raise FREE donations for us every time you shop online. Over 6,000 shops and sites will donate to us when you use easyfundraising to shop with them – at no extra cost to yourself!
These donations really mount up and make a BIG difference to us, so we’d really appreciate it if you could take a moment to sign up and support us. It’s completely FREE and only takes a moment.
You can find our easyfundraising page here.
Thank you so much!
We are also registered with Amazon Smile…
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support a charity of your choice every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.co.uk and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping App for iOS and Android phones. When you shop with AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as amazon.co.uk, with the added bonus that AmazonSmile will donate a portion of the purchase price to your selected charity.
To activate AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping app, simply tap on “AmazonSmile” within the Programmes & Features menu or Settings and follow the on-screen instructions.
Remember those we have lost
Thank you to those who have donated in memory of a loved one. Our thoughts are with these families whose lives have been affected by womb cancer and we are so grateful to them for thinking of Peaches Womb Cancer Trust during such a difficult time.
We have recently created our “In Memory” page whereby we can remember those we have lost to womb cancer. You can also light a candle in their memory on their page and leave a tribute. To celebrate a person dear to you, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
We cannot end this issue without paying tribute to the life of Sally Spencer, who sadly passed away in March 2022. Sally and her daughter Sarah have championed Peaches since we launched. They have been our biggest supporters and raised an enormous amount of money. They have tirelessly campaigned, helping to raise the profile of womb cancer. Sally was a kind and generous woman and a wonderful ambassador for Peaches. The Trustees are so very grateful for everything she did for Peaches and for all of her support. We will never forget her. Our thoughts are with the Spencer family during this time.
Final Thank You
Our final thank you is to all of you that have donated to our charity since we formed in 2020. We receive no statutory or health service funding and rely on the generosity of our supporters to continue our work.
You can donate as a one-off or regularly via direct debit. The option to donate can be found on our website or click the button below.
We are forever grateful to anyone who has donated to Peaches Womb Cancer Trust, however big or small. Your contribution will improve lives.
If you would like to fundraise on behalf of our charity, please email us at email@example.com.
Thank you for your ongoing support.