What is CSF?
Cancer Support France is a network of 16 independent Associations throughout France who provide support for English speaking people who have been affected by cancer. It is run by volunteers who are trained to be Active Listeners who are able to provide free confidential, practical and emotional support to clients and their friends and families. In addition, we are able to provide linguistic skills to assist in the translation of medical documents. Our ALs are allocated to clients and offer support either by phone or at pre-arranged, face to face meetings.
About CSF in the Lot et Garonne
The Lot et Garonne branch was set up in June 2016 by our President Cindy Sheppard who had been previously involved in the Dordogne branch and realised that the enormous geographical spread highlighted the need for an additional group. Our current membership stands at 40 including 7 trained ALs who are able to support clients and their families in our community.
As a voluntary association we rely on the financial support of members and friends to help us maintain our administrative requirements, including insurance for our Active Listeners.Our aim is to create a dedicated “drop in” centre for clients, carers, families and friends who are keen to gain some respite from their own homes, seek comfort and support from an Active Listener or simply enjoy a cup of coffee in a friendly and comfortable environment. The centre will be situated in the old cinema within Montastruc but it requires considerable renovation work to convert the space into a safe and bespoke area. Cindy hopes that the centre will provide a haven for future clients to enjoy the library of books donated by a previous grateful client as well as benefit from a variety of "well-being" treatments including massage, manicures, makeovers etc. provided by qualified practitioners. The aim is to open the “ACORN” centre in September 2017.
The fundraising programme has already begun with a Christmas Fayre that took place in November in Monteton, Salle de Fetes, The event was supported by 30 stall holders selling high quality products including jewellery, gifts, xmas cakes, produce and wine and the kitchen did a roaring business selling turkey sandwiches and a feast of home-made cakes and mince pies with accompanying festive mulled wine. The event was attended by at least 400 visitors who were also entertained by the local “Mirabelles” choir who sang a medley of festive songs, and a local branch of Cornish Morris dancers added a colourful visual display to the afternoon.
We aim to hold a series of fundraising events that not only boosts our funds for our “ACORN” project but also helps to raise awareness of CSF within our community. Please keep an eye on our Events Schedule to ensure you are part of these. Further information will be available to you via e-mail over the next few months.
The next key fundraiser will take place in March when a sale of Objets D’Art will take place in Montastruc following an abundance of donations arriving at Cindy’s doorstep.