CCSG Update
The Bromley Childhood Cancer Support Group had a Bear Making party at Emma’s Pottery Parlour in West Wickham on Sunday 20th October, which was a brilliant, fun-filled meet up.

Everyone started by designing their bear’s t-shirt using fabric pens and there were loads of very creative designs.

Then it was time to choose their bear, there were so many lovely ones to pick, from regular teddies, to giraffes, elephants, flamingo’s, sloths, rainbow coloured teddies, hedgehogs, rabbits, monkeys, unicorns and dinosaurs. Then came the really fun bit, the ‘fluffing and stuffing’ – by filling up the bag inside the toys with special stuffing

There was literally fluff everywhere! The special part of the day was giving the bear a heart. Chloe (from Emma’s Pottery Parlour) got everyone to stand up and hold their bear’s heart in their hand, hold them up high in the air, spin round three times, close their eyes and make a special wish. They were then asked to blow their wish onto the bear’s heart, give it a big kiss and place it carefully inside their bear before stitching the bear up. To finish, the children picked a name for their bear for the naming ceremony where they were presented with a special birth certificate. Everyone had a great time making their new bears, while chatting and laughing with their friends. ‘Thank you’ to great friends of the charity, Emma and Chloe from Emma’s Pottery Parlour, for their continued support, for being such fantastic hosts and always looking after us so well. It was a great meet up and lovely to welcome some new families to the group, too.


BCCSG Bromley FC Saturday 16th November
The BCCSG were delighted to receive an invitation by Bromley FC to return as team mascots for the match against Harrogate Town on Saturday, 16th November 2019. This is always a very exciting and special day for the mascots, as before the match, they get to go behind the scenes at the club, going into the tunnel and the dressing room, where they get to meet the players, gather autographs and have photos taken. They then line up in the tunnel ready to walk out onto the pitch with the team before the game starts. This really is an amazing experience for any young footie fan, and this last occasion was no exception.

We also had some of our wonderful volunteers and families bucket collecting at this match, and some of the mascots were invited into the VIP lounge at half time with their buckets. A big ‘thank you’ to everyone at Bromley FC, the fans for your generosity and to the management team and players for your continued and on-going support.

2019 was rounded off with lots of lovely Christmas gifts for the children, donated mainly by Direct Line Group and The Glades Bromley.


Halloween party
On Wednesday 23rd October the CCCT Frog support group enjoyed a Halloween party. Some of the children came along dressed up as witches and wizards, all friendly of course, and looked fantastic. They were able to make floating ghosts and sparkling spiders, and also paint pumpkins or witches.

Children’s Oncology Nurse Specialist, Orla Simpson, joined in with the fun by having her face painted too. The children got to choose sweets from a cauldron, while they listened to fun Halloween stories. It was a real great fun party.


CCCT Tiger Ward meet-ups
Following the wonderful trip to Greenwich Theatre to see Sleeping Beauty (see also our Christmas feature – The Magic of Christmas) children from the Tiger Ward group got off to a good start this year when they attended an exclusive party at Craft T Cake in Bexley to attend a ‘painting pottery’ session. The shop was closed to the general public and only open for Tiger Ward, which we were grateful for as so many of our children attended that there was not enough room for everyone!

All the children had such a great time decorating plates, cups and bowls while the mums and dads enjoyed a cup of tea and got to know each other for some essential peer support. At the end of the visit, all the children were so excited to collect their completed pieces. The parents also enjoy the meet-ups, as one parent said: “These outings have provided us with vital sources of ‘normality’ when everything around us is like a whirlwind.


Pizza Express 19th January
On Sunday 19th January the Bromley Childhood Cancer Support Group had their first meet-up for 2020, a fabulous trip to the new Pizza Express in St Mark’s Square, Bromley. Lots of our families came along to join in the fun for the pizza making master class. It began with an introduction to the ingredients, followed by the ‘secret’ to making the perfect pizzas, including how you knead them and throw them in the air. Then it was their turn, starting with spreading out the tomato sauce, putting on the mozzarella cheese and then adding their favourite toppings – mushrooms, ham, chicken, olives, etc. Some ate more than they put on their pizzas, not mentioning any names And while we were waiting for the the pizzas to cook, everyone tucked into a plate of dough balls.


There are currently four Chartwell Cancer Trust Childhood Cancer Support Groups.

  • The Tiger Ward Childhood Cancer Support Group for oncology children being treated in the Tiger Ward, Queen Elizabeth Hospital up until six months’ post treatment.
  • The Frog Childhood Cancer Support Group – for children receiving oncology treatment for up to six months’ post treatment, Croydon University Hospital.
  • The Bromley Childhood Cancer Support Group – for children receiving oncology treatment and post treatment who reside in Bromley and the local surrounding areas.
  • The King’s Childhood Cancer Support Group – for children receiving oncology treatment at King’s College Hospital and post treatment.


*The groups have their own Facebook pages where members can find further information on group activities and future meet-ups.