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Paddlers for Life UK

Hosted the breast cancer survivorship conference held at Low Wood Hotel in
September 2015

Challenging Cancer

Surviving and Thriving in the Great Outdoors: Hugo Iffla, Director. Odyssey enhances the quality of life for people with cancer through imaginative programmes of challenging and dramatic activities using the outdoors.

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MacMillan Cancer

The Role of the GP from Initial Diagnosis to Survivorship. Macmillan GP’s
Dr Chrissie Hunt
Dr Karen Oliver

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Moving Forward

Living with and beyond
breast cancer

Working Together to Deliver the Recommendations for People with Breast Cancer. Maxine McCoy – Assistant Director of Services 'Breast Cancer Care'.

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Breast Radiotherapy Rehabilitation Injury Service

The Consequences of Breast Cancer and its Treatment.
Claire Scott
Senior Occupational Therapist

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This Girl Can:

Presented by Jennie Price, Chief Executive, Sport England

This Girl Can is a national campaign developed by Sport England and a wide range of partnership organisations. It’s a celebration of active women up and down the country who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets.

'Dust If You Must' recited by Hugo as part of his 'Odyssey Challenging Cancer' presentation went down a treat. Coincidentally this poem was written by Rose Milligan of Lancaster. The poem was first published in the September 15th - 21st edition of The Lady (Magazine) in 1998.

Implementing a Pilot Survivorship Programme

Bridgette Wright, Senior Lecturer (Occupational Therapy,) University of Cumbria and on behalf of Rosemere Cancer Foundation, Preston

Celebrating 20 Years Abreast In A Boat

Jenny Yule, Secretary & Treasurer, International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission Vancouver Canada. Spoke of the beginning of breast cancer survivor paddling twenty years ago in Canada. A research project by sports scientist Dr. Don McKenzie lead to the formation of the first team 'Abreast in a Boat'.

Conference delegates comments

  • “Very inspirational. An excellent variety of speakers in a lovely venue. The conference was well organised. I would recommend it to my colleagues. Thank you. ”

  • “I learned some new things. It was interesting to find out about the Odyssey Project"

  • “The day for me has been very inspirational and empowering. I have felt a warm welcome from 'Paddlers for Life' after my treatment with one of the most important is 'This girl can!' ”

  • “'This Girl Can', Powerful advertising activity for all. Jennie Price made me smile.”

  • “'This Girl Can', Let's use it whenever we can.”

  • “Should become an annual event with a similar mix of survivors, health professionals and charities. The charities were truly inspirational.”

  • “Good diverse range of topics. Excellent venue and structure to the day. I would like to see more about the national agenda. What are the CCGs, commissioners and local authorities doing to promote the agenda at a national level?”

Low Wood Watersports Centre
Cumbria LA23 1LP