JT supports Macmillan Jersey’s first ever wellbeing retreat

JT supports Macmillan Jersey’s first ever wellbeing retreat

A day dedicated to Rest, Relaxation and Restoration is being planned for islanders living with and recovering from cancer. The Macmillan Jersey Wellbeing Retreat will be held in the tranquil surroundings of Chateau Vermont next month thanks to the support of JT.

On Saturday, the 26th August, a team of wellness practitioners will be coming together to create a calming, peaceful environment where participants will have the opportunity to take part in activities such as yoga, meditation, Pilates, breathwork and sound healing therapy. The therapies are all designed to restore natural balance and a sense of wellbeing. There will also be healthy food options throughout the day.

Kate Fitzpatrick, Cancer Support and Wellbeing practitioner, said: “Wellness plays a fundamental role in cancer treatment and recovery and our wellness retreat is all about restoring energy and reviving the spirit. Having a cancer diagnosis is challenging and stressful and impacts all areas of a patient’s life. We hope that the retreat will provide a day where patients will feel supported, less alone and go home feeling rejuvenated and invigorated. We want the retreat to become an annual event for our cancer patients.”

Macmillan Jersey applied for funding from JT Community Giving to help towards the cost of the event. It was one of thirty successful bids during the second round of applications. JT launched its funding and support partnership in late 2022, with the aim of helping as many not-for-profit organisations, schools and community groups as they could, be that through funding, a raffle prize or through some tech support.

Pip Carpenter, Head of Commercial Market at JT, added: “In small communities such as ours, the chances are that most of us know someone affected by cancer, which is why a wellbeing day dedicated to people living with or recovering from the illness sounded like the perfect way to find some precious time out to re-charge. When our friends at Macmillan Jersey applied for our support, we knew that the day would be something special, gathering the best local practitioners to focus on physical and emotional well-being. It’s our hope that our small contribution will go a long way, in providing an exceptional day for some of those who need it the most.”