1 Sep 2016

As today is the 1st of September, we have entered the National Blood Cancer Awareness Month.


Blood cancer is a term that's used to describe many different types of cancers which affect the blood, bone marrow or lymphatic system. There are three main types of blood cancer:

* leukaemia
* lymphoma
* myeloma


Within these main groups, there are many different types of conditions.

Most blood cancers start in the bone marrow, where blood is made. The affected blood cells stop developing in the normal way and become cancerous. This leads to you having either too many or not enough of the affected type of blood cell. These abnormal blood cells, or cancerous cells, stop your blood doing what it normally does, such as fighting off infections.

Blood Cancer Awareness Month is supported by some of the UK's biggest blood cancer charities throughout September. This is the month to raise awareness of how to improve treatments for blood cancer and increase the number of lives saved!


Useful links:

Blood Wise
Leukaemia Care
Anthony Nolan


31 May 2016

One of our Client Relations Managers, John Augustus, will be taking part in an enormous 56 mile cycle ride from Bristol to Weston-super-Mare!

John will be doing this amazing cycling route to raise money and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK. This is a great cause and will be thinking of John when he takes part on Sunday, 17th July 2016.

Here are some of the reasons John is supporting Prostate Cancer UK:


* Around 44,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer over the next 12 months, and unfortunately research predicts a 30% increase in the annual number over the next 10 years, rising to 59,000 diagnosed men by 2026

* Currently over 330,000 men are living with, and after, a diagnosis of prostate cancer

* In 2016, one man an hour dies from prostate cancer. That's a shocking 10,900 men just this year

* Prostate Cancer is currently the most common form of cancer in men, accounting for 25% of all cancer diagnoses and affecting 1 in 8 men.



Useful links:

Great Weston Ride

Prostate Cancer UK

Click here to sponsor John

16 May 2016

This week is Learning at Work Week 2016.

Learning at Work Week is an annual awareness campaign organised by the Campaign for Learning since 1999. The week aims to put the spotlight on the importance and benefits of learning and development, and promotes an inclusive approach supporting the extension of opportunities to learn.

Here at Solo Support Services, we like to encourage everybody to take part and increase their knowledge, understanding and productivity. Ultimately resulting in enjoyment in the work that we do and providing an even better service to our clients and employees.

Will you be learning anything at work this week? This is what we're learning:


Debbie Russell, Client Relations Manager

Debbie will be refreshing her Health & Safety course and Safer Handling of Medicines.


Helen Brown, Administrations manager

Taking an update course in Employment Law.


Ingrid, Lauren, Sarah and Ann in our Finance Department

Our Payroll and Accounting staff in the Finance Department will be taking courses in Payroll & Auto Enrolment training, Pensions Regulator and HMRC's Basic PAYE Tools.

9 May 2016

Our Operations Manager, Emily Dennett, will be taking part in a 13.1 mile half marathon extreme assault course, Tough Mudder!

Emily will be doing this intense course to raise money for the John Eastwood Hospice in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. This particular charity is very close to her heart and relies entirely on fundraising and donations to support patients with advanced cancer and other conditions requiring specialist palliative care, such as Motor Neurone Disease.

This is a great cause and we will be thinking of Emily when she takes part on the Sunay, 22nd May 2016.

For more information on what Tough Mudder entails, or on the John Eastwood Hospice, please see the links below. Or if you wish to donate and help raise money for the hospice, there is also a link to Emily's Just Giving page.


Useful links:

Tough Mudder

John Eastwood Hospice

Click here to support Emily

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