Friends of CSF
"Cancer Support France provides valuable support for Anglophones living in France, who are touched by cancer, be they patients, family or friends. I encourage you to have a look at this website to see what they do and to contact CSF if you think they could help you or those close to you."
Jess Harrison has dual British/French nationality (naturalised French in 2006). She represented France as a triathlete in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, is a 2 times World team triathlon championship silver medalist and 5 times French Elite champion.
Jess now lives near Montpellier. Jess writes:-
"I learnt of CSF and the important work it does through my Mum who is a volunteer and was immediately impressed by the humanity and kindness of the mission. As a former professional triathlete and someone still deeply involved in sport as a participant in Swimrun races, I know the importance of a strong support network with passionate people there to guide and help you, especially as an expat. Being involved with the Olympics in Paris 2024 as part of their athletes' commission has also educated me to the needs of the community as a whole and vulnerable groups especially. The mental and physical strength needed to go head to head with cancer is extraordinary and sport has been shown in many studies to be a great complementary tool in fighting the disease. CSF is invaluable to so many people for practical and moral support and I only hope that the network goes from strength to strength to reach all those who need it on their navigation through what can be a pretty daunting and lonely path if travelled alone. I wholeheartedly support Cancer Support France."
Carol Drinkwater is probably best known for her role as Helen Herriot in the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small. Also an accomplished novelist, she has achieved bestselling status with her much-loved memoirs of life on an olive farm in Provence.
"I know that when my sister had cancer, the support of those around her was a huge part of her recovery process and the ongoing maintenance of her good health. Here in France, Cancer Support France offer that vital help at this critical time. I am delighted to learn of the work of CSF. Such support communities are vitally needed right now."
Anthony Daniels is an actor, chiefly known for playing the golden robot C-3PO in the three Star Wars trilogies. He and his wife Christine spend much of the year in their house in Provence. Anthony writes:-
"Cancer can come to any of us. The dread, the fear, the loneliness, the anger, the sadness - for self and family. And sometimes friends and family are too close with whom to share your thoughts and feelings. But the need to talk is there. The need to share is vital. Talking privately, in complete confidence, to one of CSF’s understanding and empathetic volunteers really does help. They will listen and hear. They cannot change the facts but they can help how you feel about them. Whether you are a sufferer or friend or family, CSF is there for anyone touched by cancer. Life in France has many wonderful aspects but sometimes, in what feels like a crisis and in a different language, it may seem a vast and foreign land. Visit the website and see how, in so many emotional and practical ways, CSF can make it feel less so. Consider supporting the charity itself by becoming a volunteer. It can be amazingly rewarding to help someone in distress. Either way, please spread the word that Cancer Support France exists – for us all."
Formed in 1991, the English duo RAG MAMA RAG, have slowly and consistently built up their reputation as one of Europes finest Country Blues acts.
With an interesting and wide range of instruments, (ASHLEY DOW, Henderson Acoustic Guitar, National & Dobro Resonator Bottleneck Guitars, Weissenborn Acoustic Lap Steel, Ukulele and Vocals, plus DEBORAH DOW, Harmonica, Washboard, Percussion and Backing Vocals), RAG MAMA RAG create an exceptionally full and hard driving rhythmic sound which soon has audiences feet tapping.
"It gives us great pleasure to endorse CSF for all of the brilliant work, fundraising and support that they give to cancer patients in France."
Chris and Moira (both lifelong professional musicians) have lived permanently in France for ten years, during which time they have set up their own music business based at La Ville, their home in the Tarn-et-Garonne. Chris, former trumpeter at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden continues as the leader of The Temperance Seven, playing jazz gigs throughout Europe. Moira, former professor at The Royal Academy of Music in London, now works mainly as an ABRSM music examiner for whom she travels throughout the world. Moira writes:-
"Having supported many charities in the UK over the years, and indeed having already performed concerts in France for many good causes, Chris and Moira are delighted to be associated with Cancer Support France and look forward to helping them in their invaluable work."