Thursday, 13 December 2012

Charity Dinner Dance Supports Star Throwers

A Charity Dinner Dance for Star Throwers at The Holiday Inn, Norwich on Sunday 9th December was attended by over 250 people. 

The picture shows from left to right: Dominic, Ronnie, Tony Perry from Star Throwers

Organised by Vanessa and Ronnie Martin for the second year running, people enjoyed over three hours of entertainment from local comedian Nigel (Boy) Syer and Irish singer Dominic Kirwan. 

In total they raised a brilliant £810 to support Star Throwers. A big thank you goes to Vanessa, Ronnie, Nigel, Dominic and everyone involved in the evening.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Petition Created In Support of Dr Henry Mannings

A petition has been created for people to register their support for Dr Mannings of Star Throwers, in response to the GMC Interim Orders Panel's decision to suspend Dr Mannings from prescribing any medication at Star Throwers on 27th November 2012.

Please sign the petition to register your support, and also forward it onto your friends, colleagues and families!

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Thank you.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Star Throwers Statement regarding the Interim Orders Panel Hearing for Dr Henry Mannings on Tuesday 27th November 2012

We would like to make it fully clear we understand the purpose of the GMC Interim Orders Panel is to ensure patient safety, which we are in full agreement with.

Dr Mannings attended a GMC Interim Orders Panel hearing on Tuesday 27th November 2012, after which the GMC have concluded that there are no grounds for suspension. However, they have decided to restrict Dr Mannings' prescribing of medication to within NHS premises only.

Star Throwers charity will remain open as usual, with Dr Mannings continuing to offer advice and support to cancer patients and their families.

The restriction is based on the allegations of one oncology consultant at one hospital, and is despite the fact that the two patients mentioned in the allegations had significantly benefitted from the therapy they had received from Dr Mannings. At no time have there been complaints from any of Dr Mannings’ patients or their families.

The loss of prescribing ability at Star Throwers is a loss to many of the patients who have been given up on by their own oncologist.

It is important to note that the IOP's decision is based "on the interest of patient safety" and has no bearing regarding any findings of fact or the veracity of the allegations.

Although we are not allowed to discuss the details of the Interim Orders Panel's decision report, we find the decision made by the panel difficult to understand considering the overwhelming evidence produced in favour of Dr Mannings, particularly by experienced senior oncologists, a professor of oncology, nurses and pharmacists.

We hope that there will be a full public GMC hearing, whose purpose is to decide the veracity of the allegations, within the next 18 months so that the true facts of this case will become evident.

Dr Mannings would like to express how touched he is by the hundreds of letters written and phone calls in support of Dr Mannings and all the staff at Star Throwers.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Wymondham Players Reveal 60th Anniversary Charity Calendar

The ladies of Wymondham Players have produced their own Calendar Girls calendar which they are selling to raise money for Star Throwers. 

It also marks the Players 60th Anniversary, for which they are performing Calendar Girls in April 2013.

The concept of the calendar is to show all the elements involved in putting on a production, from publicity, to rehearsals and all the back-room work that’s involved and it took some ingenuity in posing the photos to preserve the ladies modesty!

Calendars are available from Star Throwers centre and shop, Wardrobes, Reeves, or the Book Fountain (all in Wymondham), for just £5.

More details and online orders can be found here -

Friday, 9 November 2012

Fancy some Yoga Soup?

This December, Norfolk Yoga Group are hosting a charity Christmas Special in aid of Star Throwers!

An evening consisting of delicious yoga presented by a host of Norfolk Yoga Teachers - Vonnie Bloom, Lou Kitchener, Helen Shepherd, Barbara Ives, Carol Wilkinson and Mike Beaven - followed by even more delicious miso soup and raw mince pies is up for grabs.

Saturday 8th December 10am - 2pm
The Costessey Centre, Longwater Lane, NR8 5AH.
Only £15.

All proceeds will be kindly donated to Star Throwers to support people in Norfolk affected by cancer.

If you would like to attend this event, for more details or to book please visit or call 01603 412072.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

We will miss you Rachel

Everyone at Star Throwers would like to express our sincerest sadness and condolences to the family and friends of Rachel Lane, who passed away recently from cancer. 

By all accounts Rachel was a brave fighter, a sweet girl and above all had a kind heart. It was an honour for Star Throwers to support her through her cancer.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Young Star Throwers Complete 18 mile Journey for Cousin

Back in July we blogged about a 10 year old boy from Wymondham, Sonny Clarke, who decided to support Star Throwers by walking 18 miles in memory of his late cousin Thomas, who sadly died from cancer. 

Sonny and his friend Ollie, who walked with him from Wymondham to Norwich and back, came in to Star Throwers again recently for a chat and revealed to tell us that the amount raised was an incredible £708!

The boys did it in a very quick time and to top it off they had school sports day the very next day! 

What a fantastic achievement and a wonderful amount raised, Sonny and Ollie. 

Thank you from everyone at Star Throwers.

Friday, 17 August 2012

We are being supported by our local Sainsburys!

Doubly great news! As well as the charity shop opening, Star Throwers are delighted to announce that Sainsburys of Attleborough has nominated Star Throwers as their 'Charity of the Year' for the next twelve months. The store will work with Star Throwers to raise money and awareness about the work we do to support people affected by cancer in the East Anglia area.

At Star Throwers one our goals is to raise increasingly more awareness in Attleborough and surrounding areas of the support available to people affected by cancer, both patients and families. This partnership with Sainsburys will help greatly towards this cause.

Star Throwers has now been open for more than two years supporting cancer patients and their families through advice on all aspects of cancer and treatments available, counselling and also varied complementary relaxing therapies and classes. On top of this, we are actively engaged in important research into new potential treatments for different cancers based on the latest scientific evidence.

If you know someone affected by cancer, please encourage them to reach out for support.

Star Throwers can be contacted on 01953 423304 or at

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Star Throwers Charity Shop…. Officially Open!

Local businesses and individuals turned out to support the grand opening of Star Thrower's charity shop yesterday in Wymondham Town Centre.

Les King, Dr Henry Mannings and other members of the Star Throwers team were also there for the cutting of the ribbon at 11:30am, officially opening Star Throwers first ever charity shop.

Les, who owns the shop, gave a speech shortly before the opening: "This project all started exactly four months ago when my friend Kenny Cook suggested letting Star Throwers open its first charity shop. Kenny sadly passed away recently but I'm sure he would be very happy and is looking down on us today."

He continued: "I have visited Star Throwers and I have seen the good work that they do, they have all worked very hard (for this). I am sure the shop will get a lot of support from people in Wymondham."

Dr Henry Mannings, who founded the charity, was very proud that the day finally arrived: "I'm really happy we have been able to open a shop, it's fantastic. Since we started three years ago, it has been our dream to get a charity shop in the town. We are very lucky Les King offered us the use of his shop."

He also thanked the volunteers for their help: "I would also like to take this moment to thank all the volunteers who made this possible."

After the shop opening a reception was held at 30 Melton Road to thank the following local businesses and individuals who have pledged to donate £2.50 a week to support the charity shop in its first year:

Money Properties | Money Lettings 
| Collins Butchers | Tony Selby
M.W Surfacing Ltd 
| Hazel Butchers | Barry Martin | Station Bistro
Simon Caston 
| J.S Asphalt | David Green | Michael Armstrong
I.D Sweepers 
| Arthur Nudds | Kenny Buckenham Scaffolding
Les Dawes 
| Woodview Mushrooms | Caroline Hubbard
Caroline Codd and Pauline Kirby 
| Post Mill Garage | Paul Gardiner
Paul Hawkins 
| Chris Green | Fitness Express | Park Farm Hotel

Thanks also goes to Sainsburys for donating £25 towards our reception and to Sean Harris from Dell Bowls Club Wymondham who brought down his Olympic Torch to the opening (Sean carried the flame through Norwich on July 5th).

Thank you, of course, also goes to Les King for not just letting Star Throwers use his shop but for all his help prior to the opening with the preparations and the publicity and the countless other kind things he does to support our cause.

Finally, last but not least, thank you to everyone who supports and has supported Star Throwers in one way or another to get us to this point. 

Thank you.

The charity shop desperately needs more donations to keep it going.

We will be grateful for any of the following items in good condition:
Second hand clothing, shoes, handbags, jewellery, toys and games, books. Also needed are DVD’s, CD’s, bric-a-brac, kitchenware, ornaments, unwanted gifts. Unfortunately we won't be able to accept electrical goods or large pieces of furniture.

You can donate goods to the charity shop at 10 Middleton Street, Wymondham, NR18 0AD. Alternatively, we will also accept donations at 30 Melton Road, Wymondham, NR18 0DB.

If you are interested in volunteering at our first charity shop in August, please contact us on or 01953 423304.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Big Lottery Fund to help Star Throwers complete long awaited project

Star Throwers are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund 'Awards for All' programme. 
The funding will be used to resurface the driveway leading to our premises to remove existing potholes and even the driveway. This will enable us to provide a more accessible entrance route to our cancer care centre for patients, volunteers and other members of the community. 

The project is due to go ahead in August.

Our thanks to the Big Lottery Fund for supporting our work.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Mind, Body and Spirit event SOLD OUT!

A Mind, Body & Spirit evsent at the end of June raised a brilliant £255 in aid of Star Throwers.

Held over a weekend and held at the recently renovated Wellbeing Centre in Wymondham, Phillip Ford Way the first evening was a very entertaining "Psychic Supper" evening and was completely sold out. The following day an Open Day was held with many exhibitors and was also well attended.

Our sincerest thanks to Tina Wilkins and Julia Edge from Spirit Essence for hosting and organising a fantastic weekend and for the 'Lucky Star Raffle' which has a hamper of prizes worth over £100.

Thank you also to Maria Rope, an exhibitor on the day, who donated £30 to Star Throwers from the event. 

Tina Wilkins is also a volunteer complementary therapist at Star Throwers. She is in every Thursday afternoon to support cancer patients. If you know of someone who might benefit from relaxing complementary therapy please contact Star Throwers on 01953 423304 or

Friday, 6 July 2012

Wymondham Boy to Walk 18 miles in memory of Cousin

10 year old Sonny Clarke from Wymondham will be doing a sponsored 18 miles (!) walk to raise money in memory of his late cousin, Thomas, who sadly passed away last year.

Sonny will be walking with his cousin Ollie and mum Hayley from Wymondham to Notcutts Garden Centre in Norwich, and then back again, on Sunday 15th July. They chose 18 miles because that's the age Thomas was when he passed away.

To support Sonny, please visit his JustGiving page to donate -

From everyone at Star Throwers, the best of luck Sonny, Ollie and Hayley and we hope the weather holds up for you!

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Wymondham Medical Practice staff raise hundreds for Star Throwers in memory of colleague

A charity quiz night was organised by staff at Wymondham Medical Practice, Postmill Close, to raise money for Star Throwers in memory of a colleague who lost her life to cancer this year.

Above: Laura Maddams one of the organisers, second left Dr Henry Manning from Star Throwers, second right Sue Brown one of the organisers and first right Jane Bull who made the cake.

A total of £631 was raised by Laura Maddams and Sue Brown through numerous activities including the quiz, games and estimating the weight of a cake baked by Jane Bull.

Their colleague Beverley Rudrum, 51, passed away on February 8. She joined the medical practice in 1996 and during her illness she frequently visited Star Throwers for support, as well as raising money for Star Throwers by knitting.

The total also comprised of money raised by Nurse Julie Hatton who completed a 100 mile sponsored walk in Scotland and nurse Sarah Phinn who donated proceeds from the sale of jewellery she made.

Our sincerest thanks to Laura, Sue, Jane, Julie, Sarah and all who made donations in memory of Beverley.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Football match to support Star Throwers

A charity football match will be held in Wymondham in a few weeks time between local teams Wymondham Town and Dereham Town.

The two teams are due to kick off at 6:30pm on Friday 27th July and will be playing for long time Star Throwers' supporter Les King's Presidents Trophy. Funds raised from the match will go towards supporting Star Throwers and our cause. 

From all of us at Star Throwers we hope it's a great match and may the best team win!

Monday, 18 June 2012

URGENT NOTICE - Star Throwers Charity Golf Day CANCELLED

We are sad to announce that unfortunately, due to lack of support, Star Throwers Charity Golf Day has been cancelled. The event was planned for 4th July at Richmond Park Golf Club. 

Teams which have already submitted entries should expect to receive a refund within the next 5 working days.

Star Throwers would like to thank everyone who have supported the Charity Golf Day thus far and to all the organisers who worked on planning the event.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Wymondham Open Gardens - a short note of appreciation

A big thank you to all the gardeners who opened their gardens for Wymondham Open Gardens on the weekend of June 9-10.

Over 30 gardens opened for the bi-annual event, where beautiful local gardens are made open for the public to visit over a weekend.

All the gardens looked wonderful and received very positive feedback. Star Throwers' garden was one of those open and so we appreciate all the hard work that must've gone in to get the gardens ready for the event, especially considering the recent weather!

Our thanks also to the event organisers and all those who have donated raffle prizes, plants and books to make the Open Gardens a success.

Star Throwers are very grateful to have been chosen as one of two charities to benefit from the event. The total raised from the event was an amazing £5440, which has been split equally between Wymondham Heritage Museum and Star Throwers. 

Last but not least, thank you to everyone to came along to the Open Garden weekend. We hope you enjoyed your visits and we're glad the weather held up over the two days! Thank you for supporting our cause.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Star Throwers Charity Shop announced

Star Throwers is very happy to announce that in August we will be opening our first charity shop.

The shop will be based on Middleton Street, Wymondham, taking on the premises which are currently held by the RSPCA. 

As this is an Olympic year, Les King and top Norfolk sportsmen will help to promote the new charity shop:

Danny Nobbs - GB Olympic Competitor
Jon Thaxton - Former British Boxing Champion
Ken Brown - Former Norwich City Manager
Greg Downs - Former Norwich City Player & FA Cup Winner
John Ottaway - England's Record Bowls Player
Tony Selby - Norfolk's 'Mr Cricket'
Barry Pinches - Norfolk's Top Snooker Player

We are also very humbled and thankful to also announce that the charity shop will be kindly supported by the following local businesses and individuals:
Money Properties | Money Lettings | Collins Butchers | Tony Selby
M.W Surfacing Ltd | Hazel Butchers | Barry Martin | Station Bistro
Simon Caston | J.S Asphalt | David Green | Michael Armstrong
I.D Sweepers | Arthur Nudds | Kenny Buckenham Scaffolding
Les Dawes | Woodview Mushrooms | Caroline Hubbard
Caroline Codd and Pauline Kirby | Post Mill Garage | Paul Gardiner
Paul Hawkins | Chris Green | Fitness Express | Park Farm Hotel

picture courtesy of Archant

Les King (above, right centre) - who has been a prolific supporter of Star Throwers since our very beginnings, organising numerous fundraising events for us including a recent Charity Cricket Match - owns the premises on Middleton Street and after receiving the news that the RSPCA decided to move, generously offered Star Throwers a chance to open up it's very first charity shop. 

Les said, "It is a very good charity caring for people affected by cancer and it is the least that I can do to help Star Throwers start the charity shop."

We are very excited to be opening our first charity shop soon. Since officially opening our doors on Melton Road towards the end of 2009, we have cared for 365 people affected by cancer both locally and from outside of East Anglia, as well as the loved ones of those affected. In total we have spent 2046 hours supporting cancer sufferers and their families through FREE advice, complementary treatments, immunotherapy treatments, talks, diet advice, light exercise classes, workshops, counselling, and research. 

This work has only been possible through the goodwill and generosity of individual donations and fundraising events. Opening a Star Throwers charity shop will give our local supporters another way to support our work whilst also allowing us the chance to give back by offering quality goods at good prices in return.

And, importantly, the potential extra revenue would give Star Throwers a more sustainable platform to build upon our work of caring for people affected by cancer. In the future we hope to fund an expansion to Star Throwers, which will enable us to have the capacity to support more people with cancer, including potentially a new ward where patients can receive treatments they would not be able to receive elsewhere without paying high prices.

The charity shop is planned to open for business mid-to-late August but we can accept donations NOW at 30 Melton Road - please call us before you bring donations so we can expect you. 

We will be grateful for any of the following items in good condition:
second hand clothing, shoes, handbags, jewellery, toys and games, books. Also needed are DVD’s, CD’s, bric-a-brac, kitchenware, ornaments, unwanted gifts. Unfortunately we won't be able to accept electrical goods or large pieces of furniture.

If you are interested in volunteering at our first charity shop in August, please contact us on or 01953 423304.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Wymondham Open Gardens 2012

Final arrangements are underway for the popular Wymondham Open Gardens weekend, which this year takes place on June 9 & 10. 

This year the Star Throwers' garden will be a part of event.

The event, which is held bi-annually, will raise funds for Star Throwers and Wymondham Heritage Museum.

In total there will be 28 gardens open. The town allotments, now enlarged to over 100 plots are also open to view during the weekend. There will be teas, plants for sale and live music in some gardens.

At star throwers we will be serving refreshments on the premises on June 9th, and Melton House care home across the road will provide refreshments on the 10th. There will also be a book stall at Star Throwers. 

All in all, it should be a great day so why not pop on down and visit not just Star Throwers but all the other gardens too!

Admission is £5 per adult allowing access to gardens on both days from noon to 6pm. Admission programmes (including a map of all the gardens) are available from Wymondham TIC, Wymondham Heritage Museum, Wymondham Garden Centre and Star Throwers.

Monday, 21 May 2012

A lovely gesture at Child Support Agency in Thorpe

A big thank you to the staff at the Child Support Agency in Thorpe after they raised £505 for Star Throwers. 

Pete Dennington, Stuart Rudrum and Mrs Jill Rudum came to visit Star Throwers in Wymondham and presented a cheque to Dr. Henry Mannings.

The money was collected on behalf of 4 colleagues at the CSA - Canice Thurston, James Holland, Stuart Rudrum and Nigel Cragg - who were leaving and wanted their collections to be donated to Star Throwers.

Our sincerest thanks again to Pete, Canice, James, Stuart, Nigel, Jill and every member of staff at the CSA for supporting our cause. We would like to wish them all the very best for the future.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Pantomime funds raised by Ashwren Players shared between Star Throwers and East Coast Truckers

Star Throwers was one of two charities who recently benefited from the pantomime fun and frolics of local amateur dramatic group the Ashwren Players.

Ashwren, formed from residents of Ashwellthorpe, Wreningham and Mulbarton, performed their annual pantomime in February.

This year’s show was Treasure Island, written and directed by local businessman and South Norfolk councillor Bob McClenning.

Takings raised from raffles held at each performance raised £250, which was matched by takings from ticket sales. The total funds raised were split between East Coast Truckers and Star Throwers.

At a recent party held by the Ashwren Players a cheque was presented to both charities. Anthony Perry, Star Throwers representative, explained on the evening how the charity, based in Wymondham, provides counselling, emotional support, therapies and advice to support for cancer battlers.

Star Throwers would like to say a big thank you to Val Keel, chairman of Ashwren Players, together with the cast and crew of Treasure Island for their wonderful fundraising effort and well done for putting on a very entertaining show.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Les King's charity cricket match for Star Throwers

Thank you to Les King, Mark Wilkinson and everyone involved in the recent charity cricket match at Hardingham cricket ground, which raised a total of £615.

The cricket match was originally planned to go ahead last year but the weather unfortunately forced the match to be rescheduled. Although the weather was unkind the days leading up to the April 15th event, fortunately it was very pleasant on the actual day and everyone enjoyed themselves.

Les King, pictured above with Wendy Winterbottom from Star Throwers and Mark Wilkinson who sponsored the match, said: "Star Throwers is a good local charity, one close to my heart. I'm very pleased to have helped to raise that amount."

Our thanks again to Les, Mark, and all who made the day a fantastic success!

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

5 Ways to Well Being - Volunteer Champions

Star Throwers recently hosted the first part of a two-part educational course which introduced results from a government commissioned research project into the principles of improving one's wellbeing, as well as others that you may support. 

The course, which is being provided by Norfolk County Council Adult Education Services, is aimed at people who support others in a voluntary capacity, whether that be through an organisation or in their personal lives as a carer for a loved one. Jane Crockett, a regular visitor to Star Throwers, attended the course last Saturday and has kindly written her thoughts of her experience:

On Saturday 28 April I attended the first session of a two part course at Star Throwers, entitled 'Five Ways to Well Being'. The group was a lively mix of volunteers, patients, their partners, and staff and the course was aimed at people who support others in a voluntary capacity.

Rosa, the tutor, talked us through the Five Ways to Wellbeing - Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give which are all designed to help us lead a positive and healthy life, both mentally and physically, whatever our circumstances. The discussions were thought-provoking and we left feeling determined to spread the word and to build some, if not all, of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing into our own lives!

I met several new people and learnt quite a lot about them in a very short space of time. There was a very positive and friendly atmosphere and the morning passed all too quickly. I am looking forward to part two on Saturday 5 May.

If you would like to attend the second part of this fascinating course (there will be a summary of the first session at the beginning), please contact Star Throwers on

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Postmen’s Epic Journey Completed

On Wednesday 25th April four work colleagues from Post Office Limited at Wymondham completed their eleven day cycle ride from John’O Groats to Lands End. 

Paul Wightman, Dean Whitnall, David Crisp and Trevor Manser (pictured) pedalled the entire journey, a distance of over 900 miles and which spans the length of Great Britain.

The team from Wymondham are all keen cyclists and after deciding they would like to take part in the endurance challenge thought it would be an added incentive to attract sponsors and collect for a local charity.

‘We chose Star Throwers cancer support as it is a local charity and does great work for local cancer sufferers and their families,’ said Paul.

The lads, who have been in serious training since January, set off on Sunday 15th April from John’O Groats in Scotland and pedalled south through snow, high winds and lashing rain to reach Land’s End eleven days later on Wednesday 25th April.

‘The weather could have been kinder! But we made it, and would like to thank everyone for all their support,” said Paul.

The teams support van was driven by Andrew Howard, who also kept the cyclists supplied with snacks, drinks and dry clothes along the way.

Upon arriving home, the team were very pleased to find that they reached their target of raising £2700 for Star Throwers. Steven Ho from Star Throwers said, “It is awe-inspiring what they have done for Star Throwers, what an incredible achievement. We are so proud of the team and grateful that they chose to support Star Throwers and the work we do.”

Star Throwers would like to express special thanks to everyone who has supported the team, Barford Van Hire for helping out with the support vehicle and Sainsbury’s at Longwater who provided energy drinks and snacks and for all the donations to our charity.

To see details and pictures of this amazing cycle ride visit If you would like to find out more about Star Throwers you can call a member of the team on 01953 423304 or email

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

A nice surprise from Sainsburys Longwater

We had a lovely surprise this week when Sainsbury's Longwater brought in buckets of flowers for patients and Star Throwers staff.

Sainsburys Longwater have nominated Star Throwers as their charity of the year and Anthony Perry from Sainsbury's, said: "The flowers had a short shelf life and rather than throw them alway or sell them off at a cheaper price we decided to donate them to a worthy cause".

Thank you to Sainsburys Longwater for their generous gesture!

Our photograph shows Anthony Perry from Sainsbury's, and Star Throwers Maureen, Carolyn, and Jo holding the flowers.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Green Dragon Green Fingers!

Fundraisers and volunteers from a Norfolk pub did the dirty work to help a charity that provides vital support for people affected by cancer.

Justin Harvey and David Bear, publicans at the Green Dragon in Wymondham, were joined by their pub customers and friends to form an 18-strong team which helped to cut back the overgrown garden at the Star Throwers charity in Melton Road, Wymondham, before planting shrubs and flowers, including honeysuckle, conifers and fruit trees.

The landlords have been raising money for Star Throwers as their chosen charity and held a charity day in July that raised £2100, which was split, with £1300 going to Star Throwers and the other £800 being donated to Spooner Row Primary School for the school's Streetchild appeal to help children in Sierra Leone.

Mr Harvey said: "We wanted to help Star Throwers because it is a very good local charity and everybody in Wymondham has been affected by cancer in some way."

Above: Justin Harvey, front left, who has presented Star Throwers at Wymondham with £1,300 from the Green Dragon's Charity Day. He is pictured with Star Throwers supporters who have been planting and tidying up the garden. From left, front row, Kate Baker, Tina Martins, Billy Grant, Dr Henry Mannings, Ben Mannings, 14 and Rachel Moran. Back, Tom Grant, Tim Martins and David Lee. PHOTO: DENISE BRADLEY

Thank you to you all for your wonderful support. We really enjoyed the day.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

From John O'Groats to Land's End

On Sunday 15th April 2012 4 cyclists from Wymondham Post Office Limited will be setting off from John O'Groats to cycle all the way to Land's End.

Paul Wightman, Dean Whitnall, David Crisp and Trevor Manser will be pedalling all the way with Andy Howard driving the support van.

The team, all keen cyclists, have been training hard since January and hope by April they will be able to average 90 miles for 11 consecutive days to complete the gruelling challenge.

They decided it would be a good way to raise money for charity and we're grateful that they have chosen Star Throwers as their charity.

Details of the ride can be found on
with daily bulletins posted during the ride.

Donations can be made through Just Giving -
or directly to Star Throwers at 30 Melton Road Wymondham NR18 0DB.

The boys are so close to reaching their target of £2000, just need a little more help!

From everyone at Star Throwers, all the very best of luck and a good ride boys!

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Well Being Day highlighted on Future Radio

Star Throwers partners for our Well Being Day this Saturday were recently invited to Future Radio to talk about the inspiration behind the event. 

Click on the link below to listen to Amrita Kulkarni of Norwich Mind and Jane Bartram of Norfolk Council Adult Education explain the whys, whats, and who behind the well being day.

We hope to see you there on Saturday!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Students' Plants Ready for Charity Event

Pupils at Robert Kett, Wicklewood and Garboldisham Schools have been busy sowing seeds for a charity Well Being Day in Wymondham. The plants will be donated and sold at a plant stall on the Well Being Day with proceeds going to Star Throwers charity, who provide support for people affected by cancer.

The children and their families at Robert Kett Junior School sowed their seeds (pic above) and made bright decorative pots under the guidance of Karen Sendall, a Family Learning tutor for Norfolk County Council Adult Education and Guidance Services. Class teacher, Sarah Knights, said: "The children and their parents all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it was lovely to see everyone interacting in such a positive way."

The Well Being Day will be hosted at Star Throwers, 30 Melton Rd, on Saturday 31st March from 10am - 4pm and there will be opportunities throughout the day to try out various Well Being activities, ranging from relaxation therapies, to fun group singing, to Qigong and more.

If you would like to donate a plant or find out more about the Well Being Day, please phone Star Throwers on 01953 423304 or email

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Come along to Star Throwers' Well Being Day

Over the last 5 months, Star Throwers have been collaborating with Norfolk Council Adult Education Services and Norwich MIND to organise a Well Being day to promote various paths to well being. 

Star Throwers will be hosting the inaugural event on Saturday 31st March, from 10am - 4pm. The day will be an opportunity for anyone interested in improving their well being to have a go at some fun, unique, relaxing activities and also learn something new which they can take away and use at home.

If you've been very stressed, come along and try out some of our massage taster sessions. Or, better yet, attend one of our workshops and learn some techniques which you can use at home yourself. Also planned for the day is a chance to participate in art as you've never experienced before, fun group singing sessions, gardening demonstrations, henna hand painting, yoga, qigong, djembe drumming workshop, and more!

As well as all this, we are also going to be treated to a performance by DGAS Djembe drumming group at 10:30am. And thanks to people sowing a seed for Star Throwers we will also have a plant stall sale with all proceeds going to support those affected by cancer.

A full list of times and events can be seen from our brochure, which you can download by CLICKING HERE.

The event will be hosted at Star Throwers' centre in Wymondham, 30 Melton Road, NR18 0DB on Saturday 31st March from 10am - 4pm and is open to anybody wherever they're from and whatever their situation. Parking is available at the public car park behind the Feather's Pub (see Brochure for map). There will be events running throughout the day but please allow time for registration.

For more information, please call 01953 423304 or email

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Pupils get sowing for Star Throwers Well Being Day

Pupils at Garboldisham Church Primary School have been getting their hands dirty to help support Star Throwers' Well Being Day.

The school is one of a number of local schools sowing seeds in aid of our Well Being Day on Saturday, March 31st.

Wicklewood Primary School’s after school club and Robert Kett Junior school are also growing various plants for the event.

The herb and vegetable plants will be sold at a plant stall on the day with all proceeds going towards supporting those affected by cancer.

Star Throwers are working with Norwich MIND and Norfolk County Council Adult Education Services to host the Well Being Day, a free event where people can go to have a taste and even learn for themselves various relaxing and uplifting well being therapies.

If you would like to sow a seed for Star Throwers' Well Being Day, please call us on 01953 423304 or email

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Oh yes it is, oh no it isn't…..

She's behind you!

Don't we all love a good pantomime? This year, Star Throwers was grateful to be one of the nominated charities for the annual Great Ellingham Pretenders pantomime. Margaret Moore from the Pretenders visited Star Throwers recently to present half the proceeds from the raffles held over three evenings, which came to a fantastic total of £500.

The sixth instalment of the annual event saw the story of Sinbad the Sailor given a fun twist. Written by Stuart Arden, we followed the journey of rogue sailor Sinbad in his quest to capture the love of the beautiful princess Shaheen. Sinbad faced competition, however, in the form of Al Capone(!) and his evil genie Ali Gator who were willing to do whatever it took to stop him. Luckily, Princess Shaheen had her own genie, Ali Kazam, and she used all the power she could muster to ensure that she ended up marrying her beloved swash buckling sailor.

The fully packed crowd joined in singing along with the songs and shouting boos. An evening which promised magic, love, and adventure, delivered.

Our sincere thanks goes to the Great Ellingham Pretenders, and special thanks to Co-Producer and Directors Ann Milner and Martin Musgrave.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Star Throwers welcomes new therapist Kimberley Carpenter

Star Throwers would like to give a big welcome to Kimberley Carpenter, the latest therapist volunteer to become a Star Thrower. Kimberley is a very talented lady and will be at Star Throwers every other Wednesday, volunteering her time to help people affected by cancer. The range of complementary treatments Kimberley offers include:

  • Aromatherapy: a gentle healing art that incorporates the systemic use of natural essential oils to promote health and wellbeing.
  • The Balance Procedure: a simple self development tool. Learn how to balance yourself. Start living in the present and move forward with intention.
  • Nutritional advice: a simple questionnaire & food diary gives great insight into your dietary needs. Simple changes to your diet can have dramatic effects on your health & wellbeing.
  • Acupressure: pressure points around the body show imbalances within the bodies system and bring balance back to the whole. Can be used alone or with massage.
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage: boost the immune system, reduce oedema & detox the body using this very gentle form of massage.
We are really looking forward to having Kimberley in the team and we're sure she'll be a great asset in helping Star Throwers continue in our quest to support cancer patients and their loved ones.

If you are affected by cancer or know of someone who is, please call 01953 423304 to enquire about an appointment for a FREE complementary treatment. Kimberley's next clinic will be March 7th, 1pm - 4pm.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Coleys Toxins and Cancer

One of our trustees wrote a really interesting post on his blog in December about Star Throwers and the Coleys treatment some patients have had at Star Throwers.

Coley's Toxins is an cancer therapy from the pre-history of modern oncology. Developed by surgeon William Coley at the end of the 19th century, this was a treatment that showed some impressive results against a range of hard to treat cancers - especially sarcomas. 

Coley began the treatment after noticing that some patients with cancer experienced tumour regression after becoming infected in hospital. These rare cases of spontaneous remission were regarded as miracles, which they still are, pretty much. The infected patients would develop severe fevers, chills, aches and pains and the rest of the signs of a massive immune response that ended with the tumours being attacked by the immune system.


Tuesday, 21 February 2012

W.I. Ladies enjoy a talk by Star Throwers

The Barford and Wramplingham Women's Institute were recently entertained with a talk about the work Star Thowers does for cancer sufferers and their families.

Anthony Perry, a volunteer, spoke about the work that we do at our centre in Wymondham and how we help people with all the problems which they encounter along the way in their journey.

There was a question and answer session after the talk and the 40 women who attended asked about the work that Star Throwers does and left with a better understanding of our charity.

During the interval Anthony also judged their "Name a Star" competition. We were also thrilled to collect over £40 towards the work that we are doing at Star Throwers from the Women's Institute fee and from sales of some of our merchandise.

A spokesperson for the Barford and Wramplingham Women's Institute said that they thought it had been a very successful evening.

If you would like Star Throwers to give a talk to your organisation, whether it be about Star Throwers or about any other aspect of cancer including prevention, please do not hesitate to contact us on:
 01953 423 304 or

Friday, 17 February 2012

Great Fun at Bowling Night


Bowlers of all ages and skill levels got together recently for a really fun evening at local bowling alley, Namco Funscape in Norwich.

83 bowlers in total, forming 16 teams, participated on the evening which supported Star Throwers. Each team was presented with a winner's certificate at the end of the night. In total the event raised close to £1100 for Star Throwers.

Julia Harvey, who organised the event, said: "It was a great success. Lots of people said how much they enjoyed themselves and they forgot how much fun bowling can be!"

Well done to everyone who took part and congratulations to Richard in the team 'All Balls No Glory' who won the overall trophy for highest score of the night and to Owen who won the auction for a Norwich City signed football.

Star Throwers would like to give thanks to Julia and Neil Harvey for organising the event and working so hard to make the event a success. We'd also like to thanks Wymondham Tyre Services for donating the signed Norwich City Football and finally to hosts Namco for being so accommodating on the evening and providing a great venue for a very enjoyable evening.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Record breaking Larling Angel Tractor Run raises £3000

Recently, we were reminded of the wonderful memories from last Boxing Day, when David Boggia and David Kidd visited Star Throwers to present cheque for £3000, raised at the Larling Angel Tractor Run.

The annual charity fundraiser, which was started eight years ago, nominated Star Throwers as it's charity for it's latest run. Proceeds came from ticket sales, collection buckets, and sales from the hog roast.

People of all ages lined up outside the Larling Angel Pub to see a record breaking 168 vintage Tractors (last year there were 120) which turned out on the day. The convoy met at the Angel Inn at Larling before heading off on a route through Attleborough, Snetterton and Shropham, with bucket collections at each stopping point. Thankfully, despite the cold, the weather held up on the day and people enjoyed a hog roast afterwards which had been kindly donated. 

As more and more people find they know of someone affected by cancer, Star Throwers work becomes more and more important. The fantastic amount raised by this event will be used to improve Star Throwers current services for cancer patients and also to support new initiatives in the future.

Our thanks to David Boggia and David Kidd, who organised the event, 'Larling Angel' for providing a wonderfully cosy setting, to all 168 vintage tractor owners and drivers on the day, and finally to all those who turned up on a cold boxing day to support Star Throwers!

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

John O'Groats to Land's End

On Sunday 15th April 2012 4 cyclists from Wymondham Post Office will be setting off from John O'Groats on a 10 day cycle ride to Land's End. 

Paul Wightman, Dean Whitnall, David Crisp and Trevor Manser will be pedalling all the way with Andy Howard driving the support van. 

The team has decided to donate all the funds raised from the sponsored ride to Star Throwers Cancer Support Charity, for which we are very grateful.

Everyone at Star Throwers wishes all the riders a fantastic and safe trip.

Donations can be made through Just Giving 

or directly to Star Throwers at 30 Melton Road Wymondham NR18 0DB

Friday, 27 January 2012

Rock 'n' Roll for Star Throwers

A rockin' night on New Years Eve raised a final amount of £555 for Star Throwers. 

The New Year's Eve charity dance had the four piece band Kenny Lee and Hustler playing 60's and 70's Rock 'n' Roll music to an enthusiastic crowd. The band consists of Kenny Lee on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Mick Breame on lead guitar and vocals, Laurie Sudder on bass guitar and vocals and Sonny Walkman on the drums and harmonica.

Out thanks for Caroline Cracknell for organising a wonderfully entertaining evening and to all to contributed on the night.

Thank you to Sam Jessops and Wym Lions.

Our thanks go to Sam Jessops and the Wymondham Lions organising a concert at Wymondham Central Hall which raised £1000 for Star Throwers in memory of Roger Kingwell.

The concert was excellent and full of good community spirit. We were pleased to be part of the evening and to be able to tell people about the work we do at here at Star Throwers. The people at Star Throwers remember Roger with affection and especially for all the support he gave to us in the early days.

Our thanks again to Sam Jessops and her family and friends, and Derek Fripp, Moya and the Lions' ladies from the Wymondham Lions.

Monday, 16 January 2012

A massive THANK YOU

As a young charity, at just over 2 years old, Star Throwers relies solely on the support and generosity of kind individuals and companies. Without them, Star Throwers would not be what it is today. And appreciation of their gifts is seen time after time on the faces of those who walk through our door as they realize that there is someone who cares. 

So we would just like to say a big thank you to every single person who supported us in 2011. Thanks especially to those in our local community, who have been so supportive and generous throughout the whole year.

In no particular order, specials thanks goes to:

Sainsburys Longwater, The Lively Crew, Chris Bartlett, SJH Garden Services, Agile Marketing, Wymondham Choral Society, the Hampson family, Les King, Wymondham Town Football Club, Steve Hayes, Waitrose, Yes to Life, Kate Barnard, Julie Barnard, all the Star Throwers volunteers and therapists, Rosedale Funeral Home, Mick Money, Michael Armstrong, Park Farm Hotel, Andy Speller, The Boars, Green Dragon, Queen’s Head Hethersett, Kettle Foods, Caroline Cracknell, Wymondham High School, Wymondham College, Sam Jessop, Wymondham Lions, No.5s, Rotary Club of Wymondham, Break, Theatre Royal, Mark Chapman, Penny Fitzpatrick, Fiona Dickson, Fitzpatrick Construction, David Williams, Nichola Denney, Watton Inner Wheel Club, Brandbank Ltd, Tim Martins, Taverham Junior School, Norfolk Golf and Country, United Reformed Church, Marc Rowland, Paul Warren, Rachel Waddison and the Hunstanton and District Ladies Circle, Kerry Davis, Pat and Jeff Billings, Grove School, Gt Ellingham Flower Club, Breckland Flower Club, Lee Studholme, the Chalu family, Mulbarton and District Angling Club, Jane Bartram, Windmill Public House, Hethersett Pantomime, Wymondham Golf Society, Adam Simmonds, Great Ellingham Pretenders, Mary and Norman Saunders, BP Thetford, JP Espresso, Roydon Service Station, Mulbarton & District Angling Association, Southborough County Secondary School.

Friday, 13 January 2012

No.5 Hair Studio presents Christmas hamper

A hamper of beauty products worth over £100 was presented today to Bev Tunnicliffe, the winner of No.5 Hair Studio’s Christmas raffle. Mayor Neil Ward drew the winning ticket on New Years Eve and joined Star Throwers on the day to present the prize. 

Congratulations Bev! 

A total of £150 was also raised from the raffle in aid of Star Throwers. A big thank you must go to Mel Storer and everyone at No.5 Hair Studio. 

Star Throwers would also like to wish No.5 the very best of luck for their relocation to Godfrey House at Market St Car Park in February.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Could you walk 8 miles to work every day?

James Hampson recently visited us at Star Throwers to present a cheque for £500 to Dr. Henry Mannings, after he completed his challenge of walking 8 miles from home to his place of work every day for a week. 

Well done James for meeting such a fantastic challenge! 

James’ family have also fundraised before for Star Throwers. Last summer, a garden lunch was held in June and Allan Hampson’s garden in aid of Star Throwers which raised over £1000. 

Our deepest gratitude goes out to the Hampson family for their continual support.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Great Ellingham & Breckland Flower Clubs raise over £2000

A Christmas flower arranging demonstration was held at Connaught Hall, Attleborough in December. It was a well attended event and raised an incredible total of £2630 for Star Throwers.

Christine Hewson, Ann Norris, Brenda Tubb & Joy Tunmore of the Great Ellingham & District Flower Club and Breckland Flower & Garden Club performed wonderful and entertaining demonstrations on the night in front of a large crowd. This was followed by a tombola and a raffle of which the beautiful flower arrangements made up a significant portion of the prizes. 

Star Throwers would like to say a massive thank you to everyone at the Great Ellingham & District Flower Club and Breckland Flower & Garden Club for fundraising such a fantastic amount and for a wonderful evening.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Cleaning up for Star Throwers

We would like to say a massive thank you to Andy Speller from Wymondham, who has donated 10% of his November sales to Star Throwers.

Andy, who has only recently started his car valet services franchise with AutoSheenPCC travels throughout South Norfolk and the Broads providing specialist valeting for cars, boats, motor-homes and caravans.

He said: “I always wanted to work for myself. I worked as a retail manager in supermarkets for the past 25 years but decided I wanted to be my own boss. I thought about opening a shop but the costs today are prohibitive so I started looking for a franchise.”

Andy came to Star Throwers in December to present a cheque to Star Throwers after his first month of trade and talked about his personal experiences with the services Star Throwers offers: "My wife suffered from a cancer a few years ago. She came here and found it a big help. Star Throwers is self-funded, so every little helps".

Thank you again Andy, for such a generous gesture - we all wish you luck with your new business.

For more information about Autosheen Professional Valet Services, visit his website:

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

The Lively Crew ‘Light for Life’ events are a success

A series of events held across Norfolk whereby people light a candle in memory of somebody touched by cancer raised over £1100 for Star Throwers. 

The Lively Crew, who have supported Star Throwers as their Charity of the Year since 2010, organised eight ‘Light for Life’ events in total over a period of five weeks, raising an amazing total of £1121. 

The events were held at six different locations spanning from Wymondham to Norwich to Bury St Edmunds. Members of the public made a small donation for a candle light to be lit and placed on the Star Throwers logo in memory of someone they knew affected by cancer. 

Star Throwers are deeply grateful and thankful for the continued support from The Lively Crew, not just for their fundraising efforts but also for their staff time, money and marketing expertise. Special thanks also goes out to Tina Wilkins and Jo Hilton for helping with the events.