Double Bill Musical Evening Fundraiser

Don’t miss this Double Bill Musical Evening at Postbridge Village Hall raising funds for Cancer Lifeline Southwest and the Postbridge Village Hall itself.

Poetry and Music Evening at St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Ashburton

On Saturday 6th May an appreciative audience enjoyed a delightful evening of poetry and music in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Ashburton. Rebecca and Chris Gethin organised the concert to raise funds for CLSW after attending a break earlier in the year. Rebecca Gethin read from her latest collection of poems All the Time in the World which explores her mother’s experience of cancer and gave a moving account of receiving letters in recent years that her mother had written before she died when Rebecca was only two years old. Dana Littlepage Smith introduced us to her latest poetry book The Book of the Breast which deals with the experience of having a cancer diagnosis and of reflecting on and transforming what this brought to her life. Both Rebecca’s and Dana’s poems were accessible, moving and thought-provoking and were warmly received by the assembled crowd which included a number of other local poets.

Local band Skylark performed with joyful exuberance and great talent, entertaining us with a diverse range of songs accompanied by fiddle, flute, guitar and percussion. Their warm and playful relationships with each other as well as with their audience is engaging and humorous. They are frequent visitors to CLSW breaks and are always enthusiastically appreciated.

Not only was the evening truly enjoyable and memorable in all its parts but it also raised £254 for CLSW including the very generous donation of the poetry book sales by both authors. Thank you to Rebecca, Dana and Skylark for your generosity, energy and hard work and thanks to all the lovely appreciative audience who joined us and helped to raise such a fantastic amount for the charity.

You can get hold of copies of their books here:

London Marathon on 23rd April 2017

Adam Deakin is going to run in the London Marathon on 23rd April 2017 to raise money for Cancer Lifeline SW in memory of his mother Allyson. Watch this space!

Many thanks to the Yorkshire Building Society

Many thanks to the Yorkshire Building Society for their generous donation of £100 to Cancer Lifeline SW. Darrell Fulford and Jean Potter, longtime fundraisers for the charity, went over recently to receive the cheque.


Heartfelt thanks to Ottery Community Theatre

We want to express a heartfelt thanks to Ottery Community Theatre who presented us with a cheque for £466.12 following their production of ‘Honeymoon for One’ a play written by Clive Essame, one of our trustees. A great evening was had by all!”

Ottery Community Theatre

Scrambled Legs Fundraisers

Scrambled Legs continued to raise money through getting sponsors for their participation in the fun run at Chudleigh, two brilliant raffles, cakes sales and stalls, car cleaning and polishing, treadmills, face painting, sponge throwing in the stocks, matched funding from local businesses – and raised an extraordinary £8216.59! Wow! Incredible!

The Bay Horse Totnes Pub Quiz

A Pub Quiz at The Bay Horse, Totnes was brilliantly attended and was not only fun but raised the sum of £225! Excellent evening.

Cream Tea Fundraiser

Jackie Tucker and Tracey Williams raised an amazing £335 for Cancer Lifeline by organising and hosting a cream tea!

Gill Lawton’s RideLondon Cycle Fundraising

Gill Lawton – an ex-participant – cycled in RideLondon this year and raised a total of £125.91. Brilliant news!

Sam Deakin’s Paris Marathon Run

Sam Deakin’s Paris Marathon run raised a total of £1120.91! What a fantastic tribute to Sam’s mother Allyson in whose memory Sam was raising funds for Cancer Lifeline breaks.

Another stunning performance by the Scrambled Legs running group in the 2016 Annual Chudleigh Run!

Having organised and operated a stall for Lifeline at the start of Chudleigh Carnival Week and set up a raffle for the actual Race Night – they were able to raise over a whopping £1000! That’s before the sponsorship money from the individual runners is collected.

We send our enormous thanks to each and every one of those women who trained for and completed the run. Clapping them all home was a huge honour.

A huge THANK YOU to all the dedicated Scrambled Legs

“A huge THANK YOU to all the dedicated Scrambled Legs who despite running 11 miles the previous day, nonetheless managed to raise over £700 on Sunday 10th July at Chudleigh Fair. Unbelievable energy and creativity and total dedication – this wonderful group not only created the most dazzling and delectable cakes and goodies for sale but allowed people to throw sponges at them in the stocks for money to the cause! The raffle prizes were fabulous and must have taken a considerable amount of work and organisation. And there was someone walking on the sponsored treadmill all day as well as face painting… Simply amazing and so heart warming. Thanks to you all and good luck for the Fun Run on Friday. Another fantastic raffle on Friday too I gather! Well Done!

Fantastic Fund-Raising Fashion Show!

After attending a residential break, Sarah, along with family and friends organised a Fashion Show at The Babbacombe Hotel, Torquay on Sunday 26th June. The event was well attended by over 100 people who enjoyed a cream tea as well as a fashion show with clothes from Boutique 98. A massive amount of organisation went into this event and everyone involved worked hard to ensure its success. The total amount raised is still rising but already stands at £625. A huge thank you to everyone involved!

Alice Fruer-Denham raising funds for Cancer Lifeline Southwest by hiking the 165 mile Tahoe Rim Trail!

After attending a break earlier in the year with her mother and sister, Alice found that the break was so beneficial that she will now be raising funds for Cancer Lifeline Southwest to help others benefit in future, and to do so, will be hiking the 165 mile Tahoe Rim Trail in California from 11th – 25th September.

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Massive Thank you to Sam Deakin on raising well over £1000!

We’d like to express a massive thank you to Sam Deakin who ran the Paris marathon in memory of his Mum, Allyson, who attended one of the Cancer Lifeline breaks. With gift aid he will have raised well over £1000 which is amazing!

Teign and Turret 10km walk raised an amazing £494.40 for Cancer Lifeline Southwest!

Heidi Hallam (trustee of Cancer Lifeline) is a part of a Saturday morning walking group whose Teign and Turret walk raised an AMAZING £494.40!
Well done to everyone who took part and completed the 10km and made this happen. £147 was raised from entrance fees alone.

Thank you also to the people who wanted to join and couldn’t make it but donated instead, and yet another BIG thank you everyone who managed to raise additional sponsorship.

Sam Deakin Running the Paris Marathon to raise money for Cancer Lifeline Southwest

Sam Deakin

Sam Deakin is 19 years old and will be running his first marathon in Paris on 3rd April 2016 to raise money for Cancer Lifeline Southwest. Sam is the son of our trustee Ian Deakin and has always had the burning ambition to run a marathon. Sam sadly lost his mum Allyson to breast cancer in 2004 when he was 8 years old. Allyson benefitted from a Cancer Lifeline break and Sam wants to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Lifeline Southwest in her memory. Please sponsor Sam if you are able to and let as many people know about this as you possibly can.

Read the full press release here:

The fundraising page is:

Rosemary Francis Christmas Labels Fundraising

Thank you again to Rosemary Francis who has made Christmas labels raising around £80 this year.

Chudleigh Christmas Fair Fundraising

Thank you to all who helped at the Chudleigh Christmas Fair lucky dip and those who purchased, of course! Over £60 was raised.

Thanks to Nikki Hayter

A massive thank you to Nikki Hayter for the money she helped to raise for Cancer Lifeline South West at her birthday party – over £2000 and counting!

Waitrose collection raises £613!

Thanks to Darrell and Helen Fulford for organising the collection at Waitrose which resulted in a cheque for £613.

£275 raised at the Torquay Academy cookery morning!

Many thanks to Darrell Fulford for organising a wonderful cookery morning at Torquay Academy (many thanks to the venue for hosting us free of charge). Giovanni once again ran an amazing course – see the photos in the gallery. We raised £275!

Jo Swift’s Aromatherapy Workshop

Thanks to Jo Swift for running an intimate aromatherapy workshop at her house; it raised £45 for the charity.

Chudleigh Road Race 2015



We were so very fortunate again this year to have Scrambled Legs raise money for us through Everyclick.

They ran a mighty 6 miles with some of them beating their last years time.

These courageous, adventurous and most generous women trained hard each week and we are so grateful

to be the benefactors of their effort.

From all at Lifeline – thank you – and thank you too to Andy Palmer for training the girls and giving us space for our stall.

You can still donate on their Everyclick page – Scrambled Legs 2015 We’ll put the final totals up later.

We hope the ‘Legs’ all have a happy summer holiday, with maybe just the odd little jog!

Dee Cooper (trustee) and Jerry Fox (facilitator) also ran as did Pete McIlven – the partner of our newest fund-raiser Jeanne -and we are very proud of them too!

Lisa and Sarah championed Lifeline throughout the Chudleigh Carnival Week and, together with Jeanne and Pete McIlven on the Lifeline stall, raised money through cake-sales and raffles.

Quiz Night – Ashburton

Lifeline joined forces with St Andrews House Residential Care Home again this year for a quiz night with supper. Nick Cooper and his son Jamie provided and hosted a fantastic set of questions, Church’s of Ashburton provided the prizes and Jo Swift, Jeanne McIlven and Liz Wood (St Andrews) made loads of sandwiches! A very big thank you to all – we raised £200.88 for Lifeline and a lot of people had a jolly good time!

ASDA Collection Day

With thanks to Darrell, Helen, Ian, Esther, Jude, Heidi, Heidi’s Mum, Jeanne and Pete for giving up some of a sunny Saturday to stand outside Asda. We collected £187.60 and received some lovely feed-back as always.

Thank you to Stoma Care

Thank you to Stoma Care at Torbay Hospital who recently held an open day and charity raffle and sent us a donation of £25.

Thank you to Joyce Mullan

Thank you to Joyce Mullan who has collected and sorted used stamps and handed over 4 kilos in return for £40. Joyce is happy to continue with this and so any donations of used stamps will be gratefully received!

Sainsburys Collection

Well done to everyone involved in the Sainsburys (Willows) Collection – we raised an amazing £396.70!

Massive thank you to Skylark

A massive thank you to Skylark for putting on a concert at Littlehempston Church – it was fantastic. There was a £70 collection in aid of Cancer Lifeline (thank you to Jo Swift for doing talking about the charity). We also had £54 as a share of the takings on the night.

A big thank you to Lisa Lea-Weston

A big thank you to Lisa Lea-Weston for hosting a lucky dip at Oak Practice during the Chudleigh Christmas shopping evening. We raised £60.95 – marvellous!

Torbay Police Choir Event

What a wonderful evening we had at the Torbay Police Choir event in Teignmouth. The choir was singing on behalf of Cancer Lifeline SW and Chernobyl Children. Everyone enjoyed the music (and welcomed the opportunity to ‘sing-along’ to the Christmas Carols!) and also loved guest stars, Voicemale. One person commented that it was the best £6 she had ever spent. The amount raised by the Torbay Police Choir was £506.87 to be split with Chernobyl Children.


Delightful Christmas labels from Rosemary Francis

A massive thank you to Rosemary Francis who has again made delightful Christmas labels for the charity (and supports us throughout the year with raffle prizes); despite having been unwell she made just under 800 labels!
People await them eagerly and they sold out within days! It’s not surprising when they are this beautiful!

Christmas Labels

Lisa and Sarah donate their Stoptober Money

Thank you to Lisa and Sarah for donating their Stoptober money (the funds they would have spent on alcohol) to Cancer Lifeline SW; they raised £35.

Do your Christmas Shopping through Give as you Live

Have you started thinking about your Christmas shopping yet? We know it’s only just turned November, but it’s never too early to get started! We’d like to invite you to sign up to Give as you Live to raise money for Cancer Lifeline South West – why not do your Christmas shopping through Give as you Live this year? There are over 3,600 supported retailers including Amazon, eBay, John Lewis, Debenhams and thousands more and every purchase you make will raise a free donation.

Don’t forget, using Give as you Live isn’t just great for Cancer Lifeline South West, it’s great for you too. By visiting our website you can compare prices on thousands of products and get exclusive offers from your favourite retailers – so you’ll get the best deal no matter whether you’re buying gifts, decorations, tinsel or even your Christmas turkey!

The donation is made by us, so it won’t cost you a penny extra. Give as you Live is completely free for you but will make a massive difference to Cancer Lifeline South West, so how about it?

Please give us a go this Christmas, you’ll be amazed at the difference your shopping can make to Cancer Lifeline South West.

Happy shopping! Click here to sign up!

Thanks to all who contributed to a fantastic quiz in partnership with St. Andrews Residential House

Thanks to all who contributed to a fantastic quiz in partnership with St. Andrews Residential House, Ashburton (which was raising funds for residents’ activities and trips). Each charity made £250.69 each. Special thanks to Jamie Cooper who wrote the questions and Nick Cooper who was quizmaster.
Thank you also to St. Andrews for donating the sandwich fillings, everyone who made cakes and gave raffle prizes (including Riverford Farm and Burts
Crisps) and to Church’s of Ashburton for supplying prizes for members of the winning team!

Thank you to Jo Swift

Thank you to Jo Swift (one of our fundraisers) and family for nominating Cancer Lifeline SW as the charity to receive donations in memory of her Dad.
We are very, very grateful.

Thanks to the wonderful Giovanni

A massive thank you to the wonderful Giovanni who has once again provided a fabulous Italian cookery course on behalf of the charity. Thank you also to Helen and Darrell Fulford for organising it and providing the refreshments.
A great time was had by all and one of the participants emailed Darrell afterwards to say “thank you so much for this day, it was
brilliant!” We raised around £300 (exact figure to be confirmed) plus gift aid. Simply wonderful – this will fund someone on a future lifeline break.

Thanks to the Marvellous Jane Walker

Thanks to the marvellous Jane Walker who organised a brilliant quiz at the Royal Oak in Heavitree (and donated pasties for everyone and prizes for the winners!). It raised a wonderful £238! Rumour has it that because everyone enjoyed it so much she is going to do another one in November!
Thank you Jane.

Thank you to the people of Chudleigh

We have just counted the money in two collecting tins and they amount to an incredible £171.02.

Clive Smith Charity of the Year Nomination

Thank you to Clive Smith (trustee) who nominated our charity as charity of the year at his golf club. We received £1000 from them in April of this year and a further £1500 in August.

Heartfelt Thanks

Heartfelt thanks to Scrambled Legs who ran the Chudleigh 6 mile road race on behalf of the charity. They raised an absolutely incredible amount of over £4000 (plus gift aid) which will enable us to run an extra break this year and also contribute to the first break of next year. Amazing! Check out their photos in the gallery here.

Pink Pamper Party

Thank you to Jo Swift, Heidi Hallam, Lisa Lea-Weston and friends for representing Cancer Lifeline SW at the Pink Pamper Party which was part of Chudfest and to Jo for giving the charity a percentage of her jewellery sales. Thanks also to everyone who donated prizes for the lucky dip! We raised £122.70 and Lisa was also able to swell considerably the sponsorship funds for the ‘Scrambled Legs’ who are running in the Chudleigh 6 mile run on behalf of the charity.

A Big Thank you

A very big thank you to Jude, Jo, Heidi, Jean, Ken and Kim who collected for us at Morrisons in Teignmouth on a very hot Saturday!
We raised £330.74.
Thank you to Morrisons for having us and all the shoppers who donated and stopped to talk to us.

England football shirt

Thank you to El-Nashar Dental Care for auctioning an England football shirt signed by the senior squad at their ball on Saturday, 14th June (and thank you to Nicola and Andrew Howkins for acquiring it for the charity). It raised £195!

Football shirt

Every Click

There is a link to every click on the home page. If you would like to invite family and friends to sponsor you for an event in aid of Cancer Lifeline SW just follow the link.

Huge Thanks

To the wonderful Jo Swift for running the aromatherapy workshop on 31st May. An amazing £175 was raised. Check out the photos!