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!