Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service Newsletter December 2020

In the latest newsletter you will find information on the Virtual First Steps Programme, festive news about virtual Carol singalongs, Firm Roots Christmas celebrations and availability of support over the holiday season.


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Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust

Macmillan Unit  – Calderdale Royal Hospital – 01422 222709

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North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 30 October 2020 – OUT NOW!

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This week:

  • Calderdale Changes To COVID-19 Restrictions from Monday November 2
  • Calderdale women urged to take up breast screening appointments
  • Black History Month: Champion Jack Dupree – Calderdale saves the best for last
  • West Yorkshire Police Urging The Public to Stay Safe This Halloween

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Macmillan Information Service Newsletter November 2020

In the latest newsletter you will find information on the Virtual First Steps Programme, the End of Treatment Event, the iHOPE program, November Support groups, Essentials Project, their Emergency appeal as well as ongoing Coronavirus support available.

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Autumn Warmth from the Curious Motion

Curious Motion have released their Autumn Newsletter, with ideas to keep you active through Autumn. You will find information about the launch of their podcast Curious e-motion, more on Brews and Grooves, including a children friendly session, the One Minute Motion gallery, Move the Calderdale way feedback and sounds of relaxation.



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Black History Month: Champion Jack Dupree – Calderdale saves the best for last

October. Stoptober. Halloween. Seems like there’s no shortage of happenings in this month. It may take a fair bit to draw our attention from personal achievements and our quest to enjoy Halloween, much as we can with current restrictions.

Black History Month is also celebrated in October. And for Calderdale, believe you me, it comes with a punch!

My colleague forwarded me a forward, a nugget of information about World famous Jazz musician -and professional boxer!- Champion Jack Dupree, having lived ’round the corner’ in little old Ovenden of all places! What a goldmine!

To me Jack Dupree was a name I vaguely recognised. I wasn’t into jazz until about a couple of hours since I received the link. What completely fascinated me was to know that a celebrity of this magnitude lived in my neck of the woods!

I first viewed the video, then I looked up the man himself. Orphaned at infancy after the criminal activity of the KKK, going through the care system, braving the road, becoming a professional fighter then finding his gift for music, teaching himself to play the piano, moving to Europe to escape prejudice and finding love here in Halifax on his way to stardom!

To think that this passed by our doorstep should fill us with pride.

View the YouTube video for yourselves!

I am writing this whilst listening to the music of the man himself. The style is not what I would usually go for yet every note brings smile after smile and even laughter to my face.

The life of Champion Jack Dupree epitomises everything Black History Month stands for. A life almost ruined by institutionalised prejudice. Overcoming hardships such a start can bring about. Gumption, courage and following your inner voice. Becoming a beacon and shaping the World.

This is one of Calderdale’s very own historic gems with regards to celebrating Black History Month. Jack Dupree’s life demonstrates how all the efforts, all the strife, all the work done and still needs doing has achieved so much. It woke us to the error of our ways and made us more human. It highlighted the absurdity of excluding a group of people from basic human dignity, privileges of health and education we take for granted. It gave, amongst other things, one human being the ability to reach across the ages and touch the heart of another. Despite this becoming more prominent it is far from an isolated case.

The possibility that we may have been denied this privilege, that millions would have not experienced this privilege, the possibility that millions of voices might never have had the chance to be, doesn’t even bear thinking.

Before you go, a treat: Calderdale Council celebrates Jack Dupree!

Free Term Time Meals for Children with Blondin’s Cafe at the Piece Hall

During this Half Term, Blondin’s Café in The Piece Hall will be serving out free meals to children who rely on school dinners.

The food is contributed by all the outlets in the Piece Hall.

This is a part of a local initiative, to support the families that would otherwise struggle to feed their children during the holiday term break.

The project will run throughout the Autumn Term time break from 10am to 4pm.
Kids will receive a man, a piece of fruit and a drink.

Follow the link for more information: The Kindness Project: Food for Kids

You will find information about how you can help. Any donations are welcome and any surplus will be used over for plans for a similar project during the Christmas break.


Arts and Crafts for Wellbeing Zoom sessions from Healthy Minds

The next term’s Arts and Crafts sessions by Healthy Minds are announced and you are welcome to join. No experience is necessary, just the willingness to have a go in a friendly, supportive environment.

Mon 2nd Nov            Creating Zentacles

Mon 16th Nov           Seasonal Decorations

Mon 7th Dec              Seasonal Decorations

Mon 21st Dec            Decorating Glass tealight holders (Winter Solstice)

The Arts and Crafts for Wellbeing Zoom group was set up in response to Healthy Minds participants expressing that they felt lonely, isolated and bored during lockdown. It was noticed there was a desire for people to occupy their time in a way that is positive, providing a break from the news and a chance to share and learn new skills in order to keep busy and active in their own time in and away from the group.

The Arts and Crafts for Wellbeing group therefore aims to provide this space; a safe and welcoming environment for people to make some ‘creative connections’ and is intended to provide some ‘light relief’ to improve our sense of wellbeing.

Workshops run via Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 6pm-7.30pm Places are limited and allocated on a first come first serve basis.

The session link will be emailed close to the date of the session. Please book your place at least a week in advance as materials may need to be posted to you.

For more info and to book contact