Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Support Elvis Running the London Marathon

Elvis needs your help! 

On March 16th, join Mark Fitch (Elvis) and friends - Boggie Fever, The Blue Sueders, and Olly Day - for a night of music, comedy and dancing to raise money to support Mark when he runs the London Marathon on the 21st April! 

The money will be raised for The Rachel Lane Fund and Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and a portion of the funds will go to Star Throwers.

Date: Saturday, March 16th
Time: Doors Open 8pm, Music from 8:30pm
Location: The Talk, Oak Street, Norwich

Wednesday, 20 February 2013


Wymondham and Norwich-based folk band Brother Pit have announced dates for two gigs at the Green Dragon pub in Wymondham. On Thursday March 14th the acoustic 7-piece group will deliver two sets of ‘Americana from the East’, mixing traditional songs with their own compositions. And on Friday May 24th Brother Pit will open the first of the Green Dragon’s two beer-festivals for 2013.

Admission for the March gig is free, but optional donations for Star Throwers will be gratefully received on the night, continuing the band’s series of annual performances in support of local cancer charities. Guitarist and song-writer Simon Bowles, who grew up in Wymondham, said:

‘In recent years we have staged our charity concerts at the Puppet Theatre in Norwich, but it will be great to ‘bring it all home’ to Wymondham this year for Star Throwers!’

For more information about the two gigs visit Brother Pit’s Facebook page.

The full Brother Pit line up is:
Simon Bowles: Guitar, vocals, song-writing
Theresa Bowles: Vocals
Rick Lee: Mandolin, vocals, harmonica
Pete Lee: Guitar, vocals
Michael Arnander: Guitar, vocals
Jez Johns: Banjo
Matt Wood: Accordion, percussion.

Brother Pit plays smaller venues, pubs and private parties in and around Norwich, with an up-beat and eclectic mix of traditional American, Irish and South-American songs, more recent folk/rock classics and original songs in a similar vein, mostly written by founder member Simon Bowles. Brother Pit played in Wymondham Market Place last summer as part of Wymondham Music Festival.

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Don't Suffer Alone - Support Is Available

A report highlighted this week in the EDP revealed that
"nearly a third of newly diagnosed cancer patients a year in Norfolk and Suffolk lack sufficient support during their fight against cancer".

Macmillan Cancer Support surveyed 1,700 cancer patients and over 150 healthcare professionals to produce their Facing the Fight Alone report. They estimate that 1,350 out of 4,450 newly diagnosed cancer patients a year in Norfolk lack support during their cancer treatment and recovery. Very sadly, an estimated 550 people of those will receive "no help whatsoever, facing cancer completely alone."

Star Throwers helps cancer patients through advice and support from knowledgeable professionals and friendly volunteers throughout all stages of their cancer. Although we are proud to have supported over 500 patients this report highlights that there are still many who are struggling to live with their cancer and have not received further support.

Living with cancer often leaves one feeling frightened, stressed and drained. This is amplified even more so when someone goes through it alone. As well as the physical trauma of some cancer treatments the emotional impact is often just as devastating, on both the patient and their family and friends.

But support is available. The EDP produced a supplemental list with their article including the more well known Big C centre in Norwich and Macmillan Cancer Support as well several others across Norfolk and Suffolk.

At Star Throwers many patients have found it beneficial to come to a place of understanding away from a hospital environment.

The most important thing is to seek out support, wherever that may be. 

A lovely quote from Henri J.M. Nouwen (1981), which we read often:
"Let us not underestimate how hard it is to be compassionate. Compassion is hard because it requires the inner disposition to go with others to the place where they are weak, vulnerable, lonely, and broken. But this is not our spontaneous response to suffering. What we desire most is to do away with suffering by fleeing from it or finding a quick cure for it. As busy, active, relevant ministers, we want to earn our bread by making a real contribution. This means first and foremost doing something to show that our presence makes a difference. And so we ignore our greatest gift, which is our ability to enter into solidarity with those who suffer. Those who can sit in silence with their fellowman, not knowing what to say but knowing that they should be there, can bring new life in a dying heart. Those who are not afraid to hold a hand in gratitude, to shed tears in grief and to let a sigh of distress arise straight from the heart can break through paralyzing boundaries and witness the birth of a new fellowship, the fellowship of the broken."

Star Throwers - caring for those affected by cancer
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Friday, 8 February 2013

Thank You to the Fairland Street Fundraisers

A big thank you to Marola's Hairdressers and C.C Clements & Sons for supporting Star Throwers on the evening of last year's Wymondham Christmas Fayre.

George from Clements, and Lesley, Mary, Jacqui and Becky from Marola's (above: left to right) organised fun activities on the Christmas Fayre evening including baking cakes, 'Light for Life' and also dressing up as animals! 

Both businesses, which are located on Fairland Street in Wymondham Town Centre, raised a brilliant £685 in total.

A big thank you also to Maria from Divas, also on Fairland Street, who sold teddy bears knitted by one of our patients in aid of Star Throwers!