Adapting Our Nutritional Service:
We are seeking funding to be able to continue to provide our nutritional support online during the coming months and going forwards in order to make this service accessible for cancer patients and carers . In the past we have had service users who are unable to visit the centre due to our geographical location or due to ill h ealth so this new virtual service would make nutritional therapy available to even more cancer patients and carers.
Visit our project page to support our nutrition sessions.
We Need Your Help!
This service will cost £1500 per year to provide the guidelines talk, monthly Q&A session and three individual sessions, we are seeking funding to secure the delivery of this service for at least the next 6 months and hopefully beyond with your support!
We want to provide:
1. ‘Nutritional Guidelines For a Cancer Diagnosis’ – online talk
We intend to create several short online videos of Edwina’s ‘Nutritional Guidelines For a Cancer Diagnosis’ talk. The Guidelines talk has been running successfully for a number of years and its intension it to provide a nutritional framework for anyone with a cancer diagnosis. Edwina provides simple ideas and dietary changes to empower a patient to make dietary changes which can help them manage their condition.
2. Monthly Nutrition Q&A Sessions
We will create monthly nutrition Q&A sessions to answer questions submitted through the webpage where the talk is hosted or general questions arising out of the Guidelines talk. While COVID-19 restrictions continue to restrict visitors to the Centre, these sessions will be hosted over a Star Throwers’ Zoom account.
“Very informative, lovely caring manner from Edwina, easy to follow format”
3. Individual Nutrition Support Sessions
We will also provide one-to-one consultation via Zoom for patients who have watched the Guidelines talk and are seeking more individualised nutrition advice. Edwina can provide evidence-based advice on food and nutrition for an individual’s specific needs.
“It was valuable to be able to ask questions related to one’s own needs”.
What is Nutritional Support/Therapy?
Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance, and individual care. A Nutritional Therapist will use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns.
Nutritional therapy is a complementary medicine. It is recognised by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the UK’s independent and voluntary register of complementary healthcare practitioners.
Who is our Nutritional Therapist?
Edwina Green is a registered Nutritional Therapist with British Association for Nutritional and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and is also registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). Edwina is fully insured through Balens.
In 2020, Edwina completed a MSc in Personalised Nutrition awarded by Middlesex University (London) in collaboration with the Centre for Nutritional Education and Lifestyle Management (CNELM). This built on her Naturopathic Nutrition Diploma from the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) in London. All Edwina’s educational training is founded within the Functional Medicine approach to health.
Edwina has a long-standing interest in diet and its role in supporting individuals with a cancer diagnosis. She has completed Cancer Nutritional Therapy training with Penny Brohn UK and is a member of a Nutritional Therapy mentor programme focusing on breast cancer. She has volunteered at Star Throwers since 2015, providing regular nutrition talks as well as one-to-one nutrition consultations. In 2019 Edwina delivered a total of 63 nutritional talks and one-to-one support sessions for Star Throwers.
“I found the talk extremely valuable as it is a topic I am exploring further”
Why is Nutritional Support/Therapy is so important right now?
Increasingly individuals with a cancer diagnosis are exploring complementary medicine as an addition to their traditional oncology treatment. Nutrition is particularly powerful since it is within the reach of every individual to make positive dietary changes. While nutrition can be empowering, it can also be overwhelming. As a Nutritional Therapist, Edwina helps to guide patients through the minefield of information and scientific evidence, in order to provide personalised advice on achievable and beneficial dietary changes, whether the goal is cancer prevention, support through a cancer diagnosis, or optimising remission.
About Star Throwers
Since Star Throwers cancer support centre opened in 2009 we have supported over 2,000 people affected by cancer with individual information support sessions and wellbeing therapies all completely free.
In 2019 we provided 1,590 individual and group support sessions to 264 cancer patients and their carers at our cancer support centre in Wymondham, Norfolk.
In March 2020 we had to take the decision to close our doors to the Star Throwers centre in order to comply with Government guidelines surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic. In August 2020 we were delighted to open our services again in a virtual capacity to be able to support people affected by cancer.
Who We Support
Star Throwers provides cancer information sessions, nutritional support and wellbeing services to people (age 18+) who have had a cancer diagnosis and also to their carers and loved ones.
Our Current Support Services
Since re-opening in August we have supported cancer patients and carers with 98 support sessions (via phone, email and video) including 54 cancer information sessions, 3 online yoga classes, 5 fatigue management sessions, 30 counselling appointments and 4 remote reiki and 3 individual nutrition sessions. Since moving our support services online we have been able to increase our geographical spread and are even currently supporting patients in Singapore!
If you know anyone who would benefit from our services, please get in contact and visit our website to find out more: www.starthrowers.org.uk