On 10th May last year Wigwam, project of the charity Yes to Life, launched on a day considered highly auspicious for Grand Openings by Chinese astrology. Wigwam Cancer Support Groups are places people with cancer can come together to explore integrative health care; that is considering conventional, lifestyle and complementary approaches. Wigwam are now launching this fund raising to help develop their services.
Clare McLusky, Wigwam Lead, said: “Lockdown meant we had to think creatively about how we could help people connect andsupport one another. Like many organisations we were able to move some of our services online. In the last year Wigwam have held over 20 Forums with expert speakers, run regular wellbeing groups around mindfulness, yoga breathing and exercise, developed videos and blogs and established two new online peer-led groups.”
Covid funding challenge - joining Captain Tom in a special event over his birthday weekend
Wigwam, like many of the Yes to Life projects, have been hit by funding challenges resulting from the impact of the pandemic.However connecting online has been hugely important for many people living with cancer; even without lockdown, sometreatments like chemo mean that people need to self-isolate so online suits many people very well.
We’re inviting you, your family and friends to take part in Captain Tom 100 from Friday 30 April to Bank Holiday Monday 3 May2021 to celebrate Captain Sir Tom Moore’s amazing achievements and raise vital funds for Yes to Life. Friday 30 April would havebeen Captain Sir Tom’s 101st birthday and is the one-year anniversary of the extraordinary celebrations that followed theconclusion of his fundraising walk that raised an incredible £38.9 million.
Celebrate his life
Following the outpouring of heartfelt messages since Captain Sir Tom’s death on 2 February this year, his family pledged to celebrate his life with an event that everyone around the world could get involved in to celebrate his generosity, hope and sense off fun – the Captain Tom 100. All you need to do is dream up your Captain Tom 100 – an activity of your choice based around the numbers 100 – and do it any time and anywhere from Friday 30 April through to Bank Holiday Monday 3 May.
Your 100 could be walking 100 steps or running 100 metres, scoring 100 goals, baking 100 cakes, climbing 100 stairs, 100random acts of kindness (i), building 100 sandcastles, writing a 100-word poem – anything at all, inside oroutside. It’s your chance to do it your way!
Fundraise or donate
Once you’ve decided what you’re doing, you can fundraise or donate to Yes to Life and share your 100 on social media, using #CaptainTom100
Find out more at Captain Tom 100: https://captaintom100.justgiving.com/get-involved?charityId=181856
We hope you’ll join the thousands of people around the world taking part in Captain Tom 100 and spread his message of hope while raising much-needed funds for Yes to Life. Of course if you are not able to support us at this time, please don't worry or letthis become an additional stress for you; this is a difficult time for many people. Thank you for any support you can give us at this time.
You can also donate on our website at: https://yestolifeltd.enthuse.com/wigwam#!/
(i) Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness: https://www.randomactsofkindness.org