The Wimble Foundation

FREE RELAXATION CLASSES FOR PEOPLE AFFECTED BY CANCER

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This foundation was set up to provide free relaxation classes for people affected by cancer – tai chi, yoga and more.

Who can attend these classes? The classes are free for people affected by cancer, including carers and close family.

How many sessions can I attend? The number of free sessions varies according to the location/venue. Please speak to the individual teacher running that class.

Guidance for Attendees

Some notes for people attending a free session.

  • Please contact the individual teacher directly via their website.
  • You are advised to explain any health issues you have with the teacher so they are aware of any restrictions you may have.
  • Individual teachers typically offer between 1 and 6 free sessions; some may offer unlimited session. Please check with the teacher beforehand.
  • You know your body best, so listen to it and only do as much as you feel you can; surgery and other treatments may mean that you are restricted in your movement or you are just not as able as you normally are.
  • You can check the teacher’s credentials on their website.

Classes

Chessington

Yoga. St Catherine of Siena Church Hall, Leatherhead Road, Chessington, KT9 2HY. Thursdays 1pm. http://michellefinlayyoga.com/classes/

Clapham

Tai Chi. St Johns Hill Peabody Estate Clapham, next to Clapham Junction Station. Tuesdays 12.30. https://taichimindbody.com/

Epsom

Tai Chi. Classes are held at the Ebbisham Sports Club, Eastway, Epsom KT19 8SG. Fridays 2pm – 2.45pm during term time. 07977 135506 for more information or to book a place. Members and the public are also permitted to attend for a small charge which will go to Princess Alice Hospice.

Kingston

Kirtan (chanting/singing), Yoga and Gong Bath. Kingston Quaker Centre, Fairfield East, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2PT. Once a month. See https://amritjiwan.com/services for dates.

Horley

Yoga. Strawson Hall, Horley. Thursdays 8pm. https://www.ahyoga.org.uk/

Online Training

Mindfulness Meditation. Please visit this page to sign up for our very own five part course: http://www.wimble.com/free/

Tooting

Tai Chi. Hestia Age Activity Centre, Tooting. Mondays 2.45-4.15pm. https://taichimindbody.com/

West Wickham 

Tai Chi. Sussex Room, Wickham Hall, Sussex Road, West Wickham, BR4 0JX, Kent. Mondays 9:30am-10:30am. https://caterpillarlearners.co.uk/contact/

Yoga. Home studio, Addington Road, West Wickham BR4 9BW. Tuesdays 5.45pm. https://www.ahyoga.org.uk/

Whitton

Tai Chi. Whitton Community Centre Percy Rd, Twickenham TW2 6JL. Wednesday 6.30pm-7.30pm. https://taichimindbody.com/

About Us

The Wimble Foundation was set up in memory of Alex Yap and to help those affected by cancer.

Darren Yap, trustee, has more than a decade of experience working with vulnerable adults as well as people affected by cancer, primarily in the role of tai chi teacher.

For cancer information and support, please contact your local hospital who should have a Macmillan Cancer Support Centre. Alternatively, please visit: https://www.macmillan.org.uk/

Guidance for Teachers

Some notes for teachers offering free sessions.

  • You can offer as many free sessions as you want. Typically, 6 sessions are offered but many are offering unlimited.
  • If you do start charging after a set number of sessions, please avoid the “hard sell”.
  • Many attendees may not be as fit as they’d like to be due to chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other treatments, and may be dealing with surgery issues. Advise attendees to only do as much as they can and to listen to their bodies.
  • Please be careful not to highlight to other attendees that a particular individual may be dealing with cancer. Some may be happy to let others know whilst others will prefer to keep this information private.

Acknowledgements

Thanks go to Sam Beak (Epsom Council), Rob Crouch (Ebbisham Sports Club), Ebbisham Sports Club, Katie Thurlow (Longmead Social Centre), Cox Lane Surgery, Epsom General Hospital, The Mulberry Centre (West Middlesex University Hospital) and Princess Alice Hospice for their support and advice.

Free Posters

If you would like to help to promote this service in your surgery or other public building, download the poster below and print it out:

Click here to download A4 poster

Disclaimer and Warning

The teachers, classes and schools linked to in this directory operate independently of Wimble Wellness and therefore neither Wimble Wellness, Darren Yap nor associated parties can be held responsible for anything, physical or mental, that happens as a result of someone attending any of the classes mentioned on this page.
You are advised to consult your doctor and/or oncologist before participating in any listed activity and always listen to your body.
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