29 June 2020

Dear Living Tree members and friends,

FRIDAY 10 JULY Our next virtual Living Tree Zoom meeting will take place on Friday 10 July from 2-4pm. Libby will be continuing with art for those who would like to take part and she asks that you collect leaves, seed-heads, sticks and grasses and bring them with paper and drawing pencils to the session. If there is demand for this session we will plan another one for in two weeks’ time, on Friday 24 July.  Please email us at to let us know if you would like to join these sessions and we will email you the link and password to enable you to participate.

Chris Edwards is making face masks for £5, including a £1 donation going to The Weldmar Hospice. She has a range of fabrics and 2 sizes, M and L. The masks have a pocket to add a tissue creating a third removable layer. Fabrics have been numbered for easy selection.
If you would like to make an order please message Chris on Facebook.
or email
For those not on FB, Chris can email you the images of fabrics to choose from.
Postage, delivery or collection can all be arranged.

Here is a poem from THE LIVING TREE BOOK OF WORDS, a collection of writing and artwork produced by members of the Living Tree cancer support group, all of whom have been touched by cancer in some way.
The Stepping Out Cancer Rehabilitation Community Group Committee is holding its AGM on Friday 10 July at 1.00pm on Zoom. If Stepping Out members wish to attend email and ask for a link to the meeting.FRIDAY 3 JULY WORRY BUSTING with Louise Wender
Louise will be offering a Worry Busting Zoom session on Friday 3 July at 12.00. Please email Louise if you are interested or want to discuss your need for one to one private sessions.  Louise hopes you are all staying well and looks forward to hearing from you.WEDNESDAY 22 JULY LIVING YOUR LIFE AFTER CANCER
Due to the COVID lockdown we had to cancel our planned LYLAC event at Watercleaves on 22 July. However, there is a possibility of a remote session on Zoom instead, for up to 10 interested members, on the same date. The content would be adapted by the LYLAC team Jo & Isabel to focus on what matters to the participants at the current time. Please let the Living Tree Trustees know if you are interested by emailing DIGITAL HOTLINE – a new advice line has been established because we are all relying much more on online technology to keep in touch (like ZOOM).  It is available to provide support for people with IT and digital problems of all kinds. Some of their most popular topics are how to set up video to stay in contact with friends and family and how to get online for beginners.  Telephone 01305 221000 (option 2).

The next Living Tree CHARITY AUCTION will now be on 15 November 2020 at The Ropemakers in aid of Weldmar Hospice. For all events contact Roz Copson on 01308 422650 with items to donate.

If you would like to chat to another Living Tree member (about non-medical issues) please email Rosemary at or leave a message on 07341 916976 with your name and phone number and we will get back to you.  Alternatively, sometimes it is good to talk to someone who is not part of our community, and Macmillan is also offering a Telephone Buddying service to people living with cancer across the UK. This has trained and supported Macmillan volunteers offering a weekly telephone chat service; providing a listening ear and low-level emotional support, as well as signposting to useful services. To find out more
Or call the Support Line on 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm)

The most up to date national information on COVID-19 is:  and for health information

DORCHESTER TRUST for COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY & Colliton Street Psychotherapy Services are offering 6 sessions of free counselling for key workers affected by COVID 19.  They also offer a listening service for anyone affected by COVID 19 in the form of a one-to-one 50-minute session with a professional counsellor or therapist. This is a local organisation providing excellent therapeutic support to Dorset and Somerset or telephone 07714 330120.

PATHWAYS TO CARE Hopeful Hampers & Good Neighbours Transport. Good Neighbours are still offering transport for LT members to Dorset County Hospital for essential appointments. Phone and leave a message on the Good Books answerphone 01308 420483 and someone will call you back.

If you have concerns about medical issues concerning your cancer or treatment Macmillan has a number of useful resources and virtual support  Please note that any urgent issues should still be referred to your Clinical Nurse Specialist.

The Penny Brohn UK Centre provides online resources, including a series of free online classes from international leaders in health, wellbeing, psychology and lifestyle.  They are also running a Helpline 0303 300 0118 and some 1:1 services.  Contact

Sherry is posting daily on The Living Tree Facebook page, with useful information and uplifting responses to this situation.


SINGING with Jane Silver-Corren
Jane is running 3 singing sessions a week on Zoom on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 3.00pm. The sessions last one hour and are fun and light-hearted. If you are interested please email: and she will send you the Zoom link.

It has been great to see so many of you at Stepping Out classes. Richard and Jo are running classes on Zoom on Monday and Friday mornings for Stepping Out participants.  Please contact Jo on if you usually attend Stepping Out and haven’t already received the information about joining the classes.

Friday meetings always start with Tripudio, a daily 15 minute lymphatic and cardiovascular exercise regime which can be done in your home, patio or the smallest garden. Karen Forrester-Jones is also offering online 30-minute Tripudio Flow sessions via Zoom. If Living Tree members are interested contact Karen at for timings and links to the sessions.

In February we launched our new partnership with local complementary therapists with 10 therapists on our books and more in the pipeline. Members wishing to use these therapists through our partnership scheme were invited to apply for a therapist card which would entitle them to six sessions with a therapist of their choice from that list. Due to the current restrictions on our lives, only three of our therapists are able to offer their services to Living Tree members albeit not face to face, but by using modern communication technology – email, telephone, online, Zoom.

The three therapists are:

If you feel you would like to use these therapists during this period via the Therapist Partnership please contact Rita on 01308 482366 or email:  If you would prefer to see these therapists privately and are able to self-fund your therapy then please contact them directly using the contact details above.


AXMINSTER AND LYME CANCER SUPPORT, C’SIDERS WEYMOUTH & PORTLAND CANCER GROUP, BUTTERFLIES CANCER SUPPORT Dorchester and STALBRIDGE CANCER & RECOVERY SUPPORT face-to-face group meetings are now cancelled until further notice. Contact these groups directly to find out about other kinds of support available in these areas.

Tel 07341 916976. Contact with any mailing list enquires/changes of address, ideas for events or items you would like to include in the next newsletter or on the website.  From now on newsletters will be sent out at the end of each month.

LIVING TREE WEBSITE – have you visited our website or Facebook page recently? Info being added all the time. Our INSTAGRAM address is the_living_tree_dorset – thanks to Karen. We have discontinued our Twitter account.