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Registered Charity Number 1156595

The Hummingbird Centre
Grange Courtyard
Station Road
Launton
Bicester
OX26 5DX

Tel: 01869 244 244
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NEWSLETTER May 2014

Welcome to our first newsletter! We opened our doors on April 1st to four 'clients' and more are coming along week by week.

Open day

Our Open Day on 28th March was a huge success. The Centre was opened by Deputy mayor, Lynn Pratt, Leafy Taylor, Rebecca Fletcher, Paul Harris, Ann Marie Godwin and Mechelle Harris. We were welcomed by many friends, family and supporters, including Sir Tony Baldry, MP. Importantly, we received over £1500 in donations!
Opening Day - Cutting of the ribbon
Charity Status
After a mountain of form-filling and question answering, we now have a registered charity number - 1156595.

Become a Friend
The Hummingbird Centre depends on donations and fund-raising. At least £1000 is needed per month in order to function. Becoming a 'friend' and pledging a small amount of money each month will help fund the basic running of the Centre. To become a 'Friend' , please contact Mechelle or Becky on 01869 244244 who will send you the necessary forms to enable you to set up a direct debit with your bank.

Video diary
Ryan and Rebecca from Brave Mountain Productions have been compiling a video to record the progress of the Hummingbird Centre. The video is now complete – please take a look using the following link: Hummingbird Video or go to our 'Who we are' page to watch it.

Volunteers
As well as financial support, the Centre cannot function without volunteers. Michelle and Becky were astounded by the response to the original article in the Bicester Advertiser and have a core group of volunteers offering everything from therapy sessions to putting up shelves; making cups of tea to running craft sessions and being part of the different fund raising events that will take place throughout the year. They would both like to express their sincere thanks because without the volunteers, the centre would not be able to exist in the way it does.

Forthcoming events
Our first fund-raising event took place on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th April at Marks and Spencer's, Sheep Street, Bicester when £575 was raised by packing shopping bags. We would like to say thank you to Marks and Spencer's management, staff and the general public for their support. We shall be bag-packing again at M&S on Saturday 24th May from 11am-2pm.

CJ from Bicester Barbers is aiming to do a Barberthon, cutting approximately 140 people's hair within 24 hours to raise money for the Centre – watch this space for further details!

Bicester's annual Big Lunch is on Sunday 1st June when we do have a table selling cards made by the Centre, possibly hand and head massages, raffle and any other ideas you may have. You never know, Merlin and his feathered friends may make a guest appearance! We will be looking for a couple of volunteers so if you are able to help, please let us know.

If you fancy a bit of a pamper, come along to a Pamper Night on Thursday 12th June at the Hummingbird Centre from
6-10pm.
Provisional diary dates (some may be subject to change)
Date Time Details Venue Contact
9 May 2014 10.00-14.00 Art therapy with Peronel Hummingbird 01869 2442444
13 May 2014 13.00-15.00 Podiatry - Linda Hendren Hummingbird 01869 2442444
24 May 2014 11.00-14.00 Bag packing    
30 May 2014   Homeopathy - Kathryn Walker Hummingbird 01869 2442444
    Barberthon    
1 June 2014   Bicester Big Lunch    
12 June 2014   Pamper night Hummingbird  
13 June 2014 10.00-14.00 Art therapy with Peronel Hummingbird 01869 2442444
24 June 2014 13.00-15.00 Podiatry - Linda Hendren Hummingbird 01869 2442444
1 July 2014   Homeopathy - Kathryn Walker Hummingbird 01869 2442444
11 July 2014 10.00-14.00 Art therapy with Peronel Hummingbird 01869 2442444
1 Aug 2014   Homeopathy - Kathryn Walker Hummingbird 01869 2442444
5 Aug 2014 13.00-15.00 Podiatry - Linda Hendren Hummingbird 01869 2442444
2 Sept 2014   Homeopathy - Kathryn Walker Hummingbird 01869 2442444
16 Sept 2014 13.00-15.00 Podiatry - Linda Hendren Hummingbird 01869 2442444
7 Oct 2014   Homeopathy - Kathryn Walker Hummingbird 01869 2442444
28 Oct 2014 13.00-15.00 Podiatry - Linda Hendren Hummingbird 01869 2442444
4 Nov 2014   Homeopathy - Kathryn Walker Hummingbird 01869 2442444
2 Dec 2014   Homeopathy - Kathryn Walker Hummingbird 01869 2442444
9 Dec 2014 13.00-15.00 Podiatry - Linda Hendren Hummingbird 01869 2442444
12 Dec 2014   Light the Light Hummingbird 01869 2442444
The newsletter
If you have any news or photos to add to future newsletters, please let us know - we'd be very interested! We'd also welcome any comments and suggestions. We aim to have the newsletter out by the 1st of each month with the deadline being the 20th of each month.

About the Hummingbird Centre
The Centre is a great place for cancer patients and their carers and family to relax, meet people, get information and have fun. Therapy sessions are available for the cancer patients. However, you do need to collect a GP recommendation form from your GP's receptionist or, alternatively, bring along your outpatient's appointment card.

Therapies are by appointment only - please call 01869 244244 to book a session.

Opening times: Tuesday and Friday: 10.00-15.00

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Hummingbird Centre, Grange Courtyard, Station Road, Launton, Bicester OX26 5DX
Telephone: 01869 244244

Registered charity number 1156595