Paddlers for Life UK 2015 Conference

Paddlers for Life UK hosted a breast cancer survivorship conference held at Low Wood Hotel in September 2015.

Speakers at the 2015 conference.

Challenging Cancer

Surviving and Thriving in the Great Outdoors: Hugo Iffla, Director. Odyssey enhances the quality of life for people with cancer through imaginative programmes of challenging and dramatic activities using the outdoors.

MacMillan Cancer

The Role of the GP from Initial Diagnosis to Survivorship. Macmillan GP’s
Dr Chrissie Hunt
Dr Karen Oliver

Moving Forward

Living with and beyond
breast cancer

Working Together to Deliver the Recommendations for People with Breast Cancer. Maxine McCoy – Assistant Director of Services 'Breast Cancer Care'.

Breast Radiotherapy Rehabilitation Injury Service

The Consequences of Breast Cancer and its Treatment.
Claire Scott
Senior Occupational Therapist

This Girl Can:

Presented by Jennie Price, Chief Executive, Sport England

'This Girl Can' is a celebration of active women.

This Girl Can is a national campaign developed by Sport England and a wide range of partnership organisations. It’s a celebration of active women up and down the country who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets.

Paddlers for Life, a similar celebration of active breast cancer survivors.

Many of these women have had treatment for breast cancer which may have included some, or all, of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments. Following this they chose dragon boat paddling as an activity as part of their survivorship.

'Dust If You Must' recited by Hugo as part of his 'Odyssey Challenging Cancer' presentation went down a treat. Coincidentally this poem was written by Rose Milligan of Lancaster. The poem was first published in the September 15th - 21st edition of The Lady (Magazine) in 1998.

Implementing a Pilot Survivorship Programme

Bridgette Wright, Senior Lecturer (Occupational Therapy,) University of Cumbria and on behalf of Rosemere Cancer Foundation, Preston

Celebrating 20 Years Abreast In A Boat

Jenny Yule, Secretary & Treasurer, International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission Vancouver Canada. Spoke of the beginning of breast cancer survivor paddling twenty years ago in Canada. A research project by sports scientist Dr. Don McKenzie lead to the formation of the first team 'Abreast in a Boat'.

Conference delegates comments

  • “Very inspirational. An excellent variety of speakers in a lovely venue. The conference was well organised. I would recommend it to my colleagues. Thank you. ”

  • “I learned some new things. It was interesting to find out about the Odyssey Project"

  • “The day for me has been very inspirational and empowering. I have felt a warm welcome from 'Paddlers for Life' after my treatment with one of the most important is 'This girl can!' ”

  • “'This Girl Can', Powerful advertising activity for all. Jennie Price made me smile.”

  • “'This Girl Can', Let's use it whenever we can.”

  • “Should become an annual event with a similar mix of survivors, health professionals and charities. The charities were truly inspirational.”

  • “Good diverse range of topics. Excellent venue and structure to the day. I would like to see more about the national agenda. What are the CCGs, commissioners and local authorities doing to promote the agenda at a national level?”

Share this page!