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Headstart charity for head and neck cancers in Kent and Sussex 


Headstart cancer charity

Mirth in Medway

There was a very jolly meeting in the Post Grad Centre just the

other day. As you can see on our Home page the ladies were all having

a lot of fun. Now we had to be on our best behaviour as

Debbie Hannant's boss was there. She was charming and

was really interested what our group got up to.

(above, Cyntia Muturutse)

Debbie had just finished talking about how doctors, nurses,

and other support staff in Medway Maritime can improve

there service to us as Cancer Patients. There is a big

 push within the NHS to ensure that patients recieve

the best care posssible.

Contact Debbie for more information and a questionnaire on;



And now, whilst the lovely Natalie (dietician from Medway Hospital)

talks to our supporters enthusiastically with her

wonderful energy and spirit, you can see on the TV on the wall behind

her a picture of .......... well us! There was a rolling slideshow of our

get-togethers going back to around 2009, our friend Bernard on

the left I promise is not asleep but caught off guard by the

camera man .......... me!!!

Above you can see everybody listening very carefully to

Debbie's boss.

URGENT, the course below is starting very soon on October 11th

Please check with the service to see if there are any places left

Contact Beth Jordan, 01342414478 or email on


Later on this year the Counselling and Psychological department

in QVH on the benefits of mindfulness. There is a leaflet for more

information about this along with the dates of an 8 week

course in Queen Victoria Hospital later on this year.

Click on Mindfulness for all the details.

That's about it for now. As always there is lots of info on our

other web pages. If you would like to include something on

the website, just email headstartnews@gmail.com

and we'll see what we can do.


Here are the remaining event dates for 2017


Friday 20th October  in the Surgeon’s Mess in

Queen Victoria Hospital  at 10am


Saturday 16th December  in the Kent Oncology Centre,

Maidstone Hospital at 10am

You can view, download or print them here

Find more news of our jolly get-togethers by visiting our events page.



The raffle helps to pay for all the wonderful refreshments

so abundantly available. We are thinking of introducing

some participation from you all. As you know home baked

cakes and biscuits are just the best, if you like to bring something

along to the next meeting that would be wonderful. There are

never any left-overs as this is taken to the wards for patients.



Our most recent pictures from 28/10.16 until 16.09.17 are

right here.


All the pictures from many of our past meetings

are available to view and download look at via our photo album.

Just go to our

Home Page or click here

You will have to log in with our email address;


and the password is ........ headstart

Any problems email us at headstartnews@gmail.com



If this is the first time you have visited the Headstart website, then

we'd like to extend a very warm Welcome to you. This is the most 

friendly support group you could wish for.

On the surface this might seem like a jolly nice gathering,

which it is of course with tea and coffee and cake,

but Headstart also plays a vital role in the care for Head & Neck

cancer patients in Kent & Sussex to ensure they receive

the best possible care available.

We are so lucky here to have in this region,

the most amazing professional team

you could ever wish to have. Check them out here.


Donations to Headstart have made it possible to buy important

medical equipment to ensure that patients receive the

best possible treatment they can have.


Please send your contributions to;


Debbie Hannant,

Richard Watts Unit, Medway Maritime Hospital, Windmill Road, Gillingham, KENT

ME7 5NY.


Please make cheques payable to HEADSTART.

Unfortunately, Headstart does not qualify for Gift Aid donations.


HEADSTART is the success it is because of the wonderful

dedication from our caring professional nursing staff. They

give up so much of their own free time to ensure

that HEADSTART makes a difference to so many people.

Huge thanks to Pauline Mortimer, Debbie Hannant and Jayne Goddard




Need help or further information?
Please email headstartnews@gmail.com
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