Now in our seventh season, Pre season news 2014
Most of the paddlers for this weekend of paddling are attending an IBCPC event,
the International Participatory Festival in Sarasota, in Florida in October 2014.
This was an opportunity for breast cancer survivors to paddle together with members
from Paddlers for Life teams in Windermere and Manchester joining paddlers from
Worcester Busters who hosted the weekend in Worcester on the River Severn.
"What a night! The dragon dancing was sensational! The circle dancing wonderful!"
We we raised
£660.00 which is brilliant.
"Thanks to all paddlers who helped out and provided fantastic food and raffle prizes.
I just couldn't have got it all ready without you."
BlueJam Folk provided beautiful music for the Interval which was much
Most of all, we are very fortunate for the enthusiastic and generous support from the
circle dancing community, who have so much in common with our ethos and ensured
that the evening was a huge success.
In 2011 Matt completed work for his Ph.D. in which he explored how the location in
which we paddle interacts with our paddling activities and how our feelings, thoughts
and wellbeing are influenced by the landscape and surroundings.
Matt updated paddlers about his
research including some who had taken part and others who were new to the research.
Matt explained the qualitative nature of his project acknowledging that his presence in the group had an effect on the research itself. Matt had broken down the overview of his thesis into five main categories and some were discussed at length. For individuals who had not been part of Matt's research the concepts of the impact of geography on the experiences of Paddlers for Life, and the rhythms of breast cancer dragon boating were explored.
The research focused on the importance of the aesthetics of the landscape, and also how 'being within and acting within the landscape' effected us. The relation between people and 'place' and how we form relationships with 'place', was fundamental to Matt's work.During Matt's research some members of PFL were involved in writing workshops and produced a series of postcards which featured member photos and haiku poems. We were also inspired to get involved in recording our memories in scrapbooks - beginning with our participation in the Celebration of Life in Peterborough, Canada in 2010 and more recently a scrapbook for the Jubilee Flotilla.
New guidance on Exercise and Lymphoedema.
New National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) draft guidance has been issued giving advice to breast cancer patients.
The draft recommendations say that doctors and nurses should discuss with people who have,
or who are at risk of, breast cancer-related lymphoedema that:
A select group of paddlers gathered to refresh their water safety skills. Anne Gair very bravely took centre stage in the survival circle which demonstrates the warmest place to be whilst awaiting rescue. The 'crocodile' paddling was brilliantly co-ordinated and worked effectively. Paddlers practised getting under and back out of an upturned canoe, pulling a team-mate into the canoe and tipping themselves out of the canoe. It was a very successful evening.
Thanks to Megan for leading the
session, to Alix and Sarah for bringing their canoe and to everyone who came
out in the wild, wet and windy weather.
Thank you Mags yet again for your wonderful effort organising this annual fundraiser.
As always we had generous support from the Silverdale Community with people from Silverdale helping Paddlers for Life members by taking charge of stalls and helping with refreshments and providing the excellent Hall facilities. Of course the community came
out in force to support us enjoying the games, stalls and refreshments.
The outcome of all this hard work and wonderful support was a fabulous fund raising total
of £1,086. This is the amount left to support the charitable work of Paddlers for Life, Windermere after expenses incurred in putting on the coffee morning have been taken out.
A huge 'Thank You!' to everyone from Silverdale who supported us and all the Paddlers for Life, Windermere members who worked hard to make this event the success it was.
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