News, events and updates from The Mulberry Centre.


Welcome to issue 53, the January 2017 edition of mulberry mail.

Take on the challenge and go dry this January!

We can help you get you there.
Get in shape. It’s much easier to get there if you set yourself a goal. So take on a challenge and make a commitment to get fit whilst fundraising for your local cancer support charity. This year we have eight places for the Prudential Ride London Surrey. Were you inspired by London's 2012 Olympic road race?  The 100 mile RideLondon–Surrey route takes you past iconic landmarks, up renowned climbs on fully closed roads.  To book your place, contact Mona Singh at or call 020 8321 6300 for an application form. Hurry, as places are filling up quickly. If cycling is not your thing and you prefer to keep your feet on the floor or in the water, have a look at our challenges page on our website to see what else is on offer. 

Eat more healthily.  A healthy diet can have a huge impact on your wellbeing and can reduce your risk of illness…and healthy foods don’t have to taste bland!  At The Mulberry Centre we have a selection of books and leaflets on healthy eating, and lots of recipe suggestions. 

Help others. Our happiness increases when we help others - so make a positive decision to volunteer. We have plenty of opportunities to make a difference, even if you only have a couple of hours every so often.  To find out more contact Jo at or call 0208 321 6300. For more information about what you could do, visit our website’s volunteering pages.

Give up smoking. If you smoke, or know someone who does, now’s the time to have a discussion about what steps you can take to stop.  Smoking causes approximately 90% of lung cancer deaths in males, and doubles the risk of heart disease.  We know that quitting can be really tough, but there is lots of support available to help you.  We have in house support to help you quit – for more information speak to Afia on 020 8321 6304 or email her at

Drink less booze. Join the thousands that are dropping the drink this January and raise money for your local cancer support charity - The Mulberry Centre. A month without booze means no hangovers, more cash in your pocket, and money to help continue the incredible work of The Mulberry Centre. For more information on how to get involved with Dry January please visit:

Earn points that can be exchanged for vouchers while you get fit and healthy with BetterPoints
Whether you take a short walk or run a marathon, you can earn points.  These points can be exchanged for vouchers for well-known retail outlets, such as Marks and Spencer, Halfords or Amazon, or can be donated to local community groups. Record your activity through a simple app on your smartphone – available for Android and iOS.
How to sign up, get active and earn rewards:

  • Click here to register - it's free. Use the “Mulberry” promo code to earn 200 points right away!
  • Download the smartphone app and you will be on your way to earning great rewards.

Stay Well this Winter
Winter conditions can be seriously bad for our health, especially for people aged 65 or older, and people with long-term conditions. The cold and damp weather, ice, snow and high winds can all aggravate any existing health problems and make us more vulnerable to illnesses that are more common in winter. If you are concerned about your health this winter please come into The Mulberry Centre, where we have thermometers, “stay well this winter” leaflets and booklets by Macmillan to help. You may also be entitled to apply for a Macmillan Grant and other fuel grants to stay warm this winter with our support.  For more information please visit:

Upcoming Events

Sunday 22 January: Jazz at The Ram Jam Club, Kingston (7.30pm-10.30pm). Featuring vocalist Penny Baddeley with Michele Ingham. Tickets are selling fast. To avoid disappointment buy your tickets by calling 07949 213 888/020 8941 4573 or email:

Tuesday 31 January: Richmond CCG is hosting an information event for local people living with and beyond cancer at Clarendon Hall, York House, Twickenham (4.30pm to 6.30pm). Find out about the local support available, including the cancer care review, an extended appointment with their GP to discuss recovery and wellbeing which is part of the wider cancer recovery programme. You will also have the opportunity to hear from local GPs and voluntary organisations. Everyone is welcome. To register your interest or to find out more email or call 020 8734 3001

Friday 3 February: World Cancer Day, Hounslow Library (10am-3pm). Come along and speak with our Outreach team and enjoy a complementary therapy. 
Spring Plant Sale: Dates TBC. More details coming soon. If you would like to help out at the event or can grow plants to donate, please contact Mona on 020 8321 6304 or email

Sunday 30 July 2017: RideLondon 100. Were you inspired by London's 2012 Olympic road race? Are you up for the cycling challenge of 2017? The Mulberry Centre has places for Ride London Surrey -100 miles in 9 hours. If you are interested in cycling as a team or as an individual in aid of the Centre please contact Mona Singh at or call 020 8321 6300 for an application form by 5 February 2017. We have already have lots of interest for places so get in early with your application!

Activities for Registered Clients
Relaxation/ Keeping Active Classes

Stress Management & Relaxation class: Every Monday (10.30 – 11.30am).
Medau Movement: Every Tuesday (2.00 -3.00pm). NO CLASS ON 10 JANUARY
Yoga Class: Every Wednesday (1.15-2.15pm).
Seated Yoga, Gentle Breathing and Relaxation Class: Every Thursday (1.00-2.15pm). NO CLASS ON 5 and 12 JANUARY
Nia Dance: Every Friday (10.45-11.45am). NO CLASS ON 6 JANUARY
Tai Chi Easy™: Every Friday (1.15-2.15pm).
Walking Group Richmond: Every Monday (10.30am). Meet at Richmond Station.

Creative and Social Drop in - NO NEED TO BOOK.
Creative Writing: 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month (10.30am- 12.30pm)
Crafty Wednesdays: Every Wednesday (1.00-3.00pm). Enjoy knitting & crochet and a chat.
Book Club: Thursday 8 December (1.30-3.00pm). The group will be discussing “Eileen” by Ottessa Moshfegh.
Watercolour Painting: Thursday 12 January (2.15 – 4.30pm).
Art Class (Drawing): Thursday 26 January (2.15 – 4.30pm).
Fun Singing Group: First Thursday of each month (4.30pm-6.30pm)

Specialist Information Surgeries
One-to-one 30 minute consultations are available with our professional volunteers to help with a range of subjects outlined below – booking essential.  Please call 020 8321 6300 to book your session.
Welfare & Benefits Information: Monday 9 January. Sessions can be booked between 1pm – 4pm
Legal Information: Monday 16 January – Including advice on Will making, probate, setting up enduring Powers of Attorney and Asbestos and Mesothelioma matters. Sessions can be booked between 1.30pm – 4.00pm
Work & Cancer: Tuesday 17 January

Mulberry Social Mornings:
Friday Social Morning: Friday 27 January (11.00am-1.00pm).  Drop in - All welcome.
United through Bereavement Coffee Morning:  Monday 16 January (11.30-1.30pm). Drop in - All welcome.

Informative Workshops (Booking required for all Workshops)
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): Tuesday 17 January (10.30am – 1.30pm)

Booking is essential for all classes and informative workshops, unless otherwise stated.
To reserve your place, please email or call 020 8321 6300.

Thank You To...

  • … all those who have donated to the Centre after a treatment, a session or class.  During December you have donated over £800.  It is wonderful to receive your donations in thanks for the support we provide – it enables us to offer these services to more people in need.
  • Rae, for her tireless efforts in collecting and replacing cans in local shops and venues
  • … All our wonderful bucket collectors who faced all sorts of weather to raise a staggering £1340.94 in December. A huge thanks to the supermarkets and railway stations that allowed us to collect on their premises.
  • All those who helped out and purchased items at our Christmas sale in the Atrium. You helped raise £208.10.
  • All those who helped out at our TMC Christmas market - you helped raise £1008.80
  • Barnes Choir who raised £383.16 through their carol singing at Richmond Station
  • BskyB Choir who raised £248.13 for carol singing at Tesco Osterley
  • Knit and Natter group for knitting our lovely snowmen and stockings to help us fundraise during the Christmas period
  • …Radnor House and Jo for helping us to raise £254.20 over December by selling our products and knitted snowmen
  • … Goldy Goldy for holding Simran and raising £25.20 towards our work
The Mulberry Centre offers information, complementary therapies & emotional support for anyone affected by cancer.
For more information:

call 020 8321 6300

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