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September 10th 2018

- Our book has received a national award!

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Congratulations, Reg and Bob!

The Shields Gazette published this account on Monday, 10 September 2018. Thank you, Chairman of the BMA Council, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, for the Chairman’s Choice special award! And thank you to the Shields Gazette for the publicity. 

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September 9th 2018

- The Great North Run

Many, many thanks to the Runners in Tyneside's very own half-marathon who raised funds for Cancer Connections.


Many thanks, too, to our Volunteers who helped to provide refreshments, and to our Therapists who gave sports massages to those tired, aching muscles!



And very special thanks to our lovely Patrons, Jade and Josef, who were both there, raising spirits and being marvellous, as ever. Bravo, all!

There are LOTS of pictures on our Facebook page, in the Album  - Mobile Uploads


August 2017 - Our garden is now completed!  


- take a virtual tour, with this video, from our Facebook page.

 We wish to thank the following companies and people who have funded this project:  

The Asda Foundation.

The Royal Warrent Holders Association.

The People's Angels.

Mr & Mrs J Cooper.

Many thanks to NRG Builders for the fantastic workmanship.



WELL DONE, JOSEF! Our remarkable young Patron does it again with Bronze at Rio 2016

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Despite having been placed in a more difficult Category than he has previously attempted, Josef Craig has achieved a Bronze medal in the 100 metres Freestyle Swimming event at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. We at Cancer Connections are immensely proud that Josef is one of our three wonderful Patrons.

Photo of Josef swimming, from the Shields Gazette - thank you.



While Josef and his fellow Paralympians were toiling in their specialist sports in Rio, here at home the Great North Run half-marathon took place. As usual, thousands of runners lined up to go the distance from Newcastle, across the Tyne Bridge, into South Shields, and of those thousands, several were sponsored to raise funds for Cancer Connections. We don't have pictures or name-checks for everyone, but we hope they all know how very much their efforts are appreciated. A huge THANK YOU to all of you.

Cancer Connections had a tent in the Gypsy Green facilities area, offering refreshments and leg massages, and after the race a surprise celebrity visitor turned up. Colin Jackson came in to speak to some of the runners, and find out about Cancer Connections. See more pictures on Cancer Connections' Facebook page.

GNR2016 Colin Jackson with some of CC's runners




Cancer Connections has received national recognition from the medical profession! We are all delighted, as you can see from the smiles!


Our Director, Reg Hall, travelled to London recently to give a talk on Cancer Connections' work to the British Medical Journal awards panel.

Cancer Connections was shortlisted in the "Cancer Care Team of the Year" category, and achieved ‘Highly Commended’ in the Cancer Care category.

The awards event was held in London and is aimed at recognising and celebrating the work done by doctors and their teams as well as projects or initiatives from medically-led teams.

Our co-founder and Manager, Deborah Roberts said: “It really is nice to be recognised for what we are doing. Supporting someone with Cancer is not just about the surgical and medical side, they also need their mental wellbeing supported too.

“It is the little things that can make a huge impact on the lives of people diagnosed with cancer and their families.

“And even though we did not win, to be recognised and be highly commended by the British Medical Journal Awards was something else. You can’t explain the pride we felt in being recognised in this way.”

Reg said: “For Cancer Connections to receive a ‘High Commendation’ was a significant recognition.

“We were the only volunteer charity chosen and we were taking on the best of NHS innovation - hoping to beat them at their own game.

“For South Tyneside this was a superb achievement and we are very grateful for all the support we receive from our wonderful community.”

Photo courtesy of the Shields Gazette; from an article by Lisa Nightingale



It's official, Cancer Connections has been given the royal seal of approval!

Everyone at the charity is delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Services - the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.     

You may have seen our earlier post (on this page, below) showing our Manager Deborah, and Chairman, Reg, who attended a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace at the end of May together with fellow award winners.

On Wednesday 29th July, the Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland, Mrs Susan Winfield OBE, visited Cancer Connections to present the Award and commemorative Certificate. The Lord Lieutenant was attended by Cadet Sergeant Major Rebecca Dewhurst, who carried the Award in its presentation case, and Deputy Lord Lieutenant Col. Jeremy Feggetter, who gave the Citation speech.

Also amongst our VIP guests were the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Cllr Richard Porthouse & Mrs Patricia Porthouse; previous mayors of South Tyneside, Cllrs Alex Donaldson, John Anglin, Tom Pigott and Fay Cuningham; Dame Margaret Barbour and Col Ann Clouston, who are also Deputy Lieutenants, but attended because of their personal interest and support for CC.



Cancer Connections Chairman, Reg Hall, receives the Queen's Award from the Lord Lieutenant 

Picture courtesy of the South Shields Gazette

Pictured are, left to right, Cancer Connections Manager, Deborah Roberts; Chairman, Reg Hall; Mayoress and Mayor of South Tyneside, Mrs Patricia Porthouse and Cllr Richard Porthouse; Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Col. Jeremy Feggetter; the Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Susan Winfield OBE; Cadet Sergeant Major Rebecca Dewhurst; Dame Margaret Barbour.



 Left to right, above: Mayoress of South Tyneside; Mayor of South Tyneside; Deputy Lord Lieutenant; the Lord Lieutenant, Susan Winfield OBE; Cancer Connections Chairman, Reg Hall; the Lord Lieutenant's Cadet


Cancer Connections Manager, Deborah Roberts, leads us in a toast

Picture courtesy of the South Shields Gazette

The role of a Lord Lieutenant is to be the eyes and ears of the Monarch, and so, after the speeches and presentation, the official party separated to mingle and speak with the staff and volunteers. For more pictures, visit our Gallery (opens in this window).

Our new pictures show highlights of the event - and our thanks go to the South Shields Gazette, who have kindly allowed Cancer Connections to use their photographs of the event. To read the Gazette's report of the presentation party, visit the South Shields Gazette website (opens in a new window).




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Manager Deborah Roberts and Chairman Reg Hall  attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 28th May 2015, where they saw the Queen and met other winners of this year's award. Reg said: "This will be an enormous encouragement for all our volunteers and staff, and a wonderful lift for the whole of the South Tyneside borough - for it is the people of South Tyneside who have made Cancer Connections what it is today." Deborah added: "It is a real honour to receive this award."

Cancer Connections is one of 187 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. Cancer Connections will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear later this summer. The Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Mrs Susan Winfield, OBE, said: "I warmly congratulate Cancer Connections on achieving The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, which is the highest award given to local volunteer groups in recognition of the outstanding work they undertake within their communities.  Cancer Connections' work in supporting those coping with cancer is invaluable, and this award is richly deserved. I am looking forward to presenting them with their award, and to meeting their volunteers and hearing more about their work."

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June - the anniversary of the Queen's Coronation.

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis, CBE, said: "I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year's awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups. The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the best of democracy in action."

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, added: "I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year's Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements. The hard work and commitment that goes into the work of these organisations is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that we can continue to build a bigger, stronger society."


To watch a video clip of an interview with Cancer Connections' Chairman, Reg Hall, click on the link below:

Made in Tyne and Wear's interview with Reg Hall


Two lovely Visits, two great Donations


This is what it is all about.
Our first wonderful visit was from the children of Stanhope Primary School, who raised £60.00 for Cancer Connections through the sale of items they made at Easter. Lovely to see they all put up their hands when asked if they would come back should they need any help. 



Our second visit was from Ethel Ramsey and Jean Leithead, who presented Cancer Connections with a cheque for an amazing £800, raised at a Line Dancing event they held recently.

A great big Yee-Ha! and huge thanks to you all!


Making a Splash! at the Boxing Day Dip, Christmas 2014

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Fundraisers have made a huge splash for an annual Cancer Connections event. 

Friends and family dipped into their pockets as fundraisers dipped into the North Sea for the annual Boxing Day Dip – raising a massive £25,000! The figure is still on the up as people continue to drop in sponsorship to our Harton Lane property in South Shields. 

If you’ve still got money to hand in please drop it in soon so we can get our final total. And if you want to get involved in the fun, why not sign up to the 2015 dip? Details on how to get involved in any of our events can be found on our fundraising page

You lot are amazing!


Chic and Cheerful!

Setting up a rail full of chic outfits Smart shoes and handbags to complete the outfits 

Glam guys and girls can enjoy some real boutique shopping while raising funds for Cancer Connections. 
The charity’s latest venture is the Cancer Connections Chic Boutique, which has been set up to raise funds by selling high end, good quality clothing
and accessories donated by you! All the clothing is new, once worn or pre-loved and in great condition.

All items will be sold at our Chic Boutique at Action Stations on Boldon Lane and via our Facebook page 
Why not have a browse - you never know what you might find!

We wish to thank the following companies and people who have funded this project.
The Asda Foundation. The Royal Warrent Holders Association. The People's Angels.
Mr & Mrs J Cooper.
Many thanks to NRG Builders for the fantastic workmanship.