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Aurora services set to relocate to enable building work to commence


02 October 2020


Aurora Wellbeing in Worksop has this week relocated a number of vital services in preparation for the start of building works and the transformation of the Old Library Building on Memorial Avenue.


Aurora Wellbeing, a local charity that supports people in Bassetlaw affected by cancer and long term health conditions was in 2019 awarded £1.56M from the National Heritage Lottery Fund (NHLF), boosted to £2M with support from key stakeholders, to transform the Old Library Building where the Aurora charity is based.


Throughout the duration of the building works, Aurora will continue to deliver services to local people to ensure people in Bassetlaw diagnosed with cancer receive vital help and support, and until services can return to the centre in 2021.


The Aurora Charity Shop and Tea Rooms will relocate to the former Dukeries Tea Rooms building on Bridge Street in Worksop in October 2020, for a period of approximately six months and will open daily from Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm.


Aurora beauty therapy services will continue to deliver services from Sparkles Beauty, Kilton Road, Worksop and customers are asked to call 0750 3612084 during this period to book appointments.


Aurora Wellbeing Practitioners will continue to provide health needs assessments and support across the Bassetlaw area (working remotely) to help support people and their families with a cancer diagnosis, and to offer emotional support, counselling and workshops.


Aurora exercise classes, including Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi, will continue either online via Zoom or at locations across the locality.


Debra Fores, Aurora manager said,

“It’s vital we keep all our services running throughout this period to maintain consistent and ongoing support for local people diagnosed with cancer, during what is an incredibly difficult time for many people. Keeping our charity shop, tea rooms and beauty therapy services operational is essential to the charity, to help Aurora generate much-needed income at what is a very challenging time for the charity sector. From everyone here at Aurora, thank you for your continued support. ”


The Old Library building on Memorial Avenue, Worksop is set to be transformed to its former glory thanks to a Heritage Fund grant to deliver an ambitious plan to regenerate the key historic Grade II listed building. 


The project will create a dedicated heritage area at the centre, including physical displays and an innovative virtual museum to tell the story of the Old Library and Museum throughout the decades. Aurora’s aim is to engage people living with cancer and their families with heritage to support their wellbeing. This includes an innovative new activities programme, giving people an opportunity to connect with the history of Bassetlaw. It is thanks to people who play the Lottery for enabling funding and projects to be delivered.


Aurora provides support for anyone living with a cancer diagnosis or a long-term health condition, including their family members and carers, in the Bassetlaw area. Services include support groups, workshops and counselling, beauty treatments and holistic therapies, and exercise classes. Call 01909 470985 or visit www.aurorawellbeing.org.uk/worksop for more information. 



Clicksilver Connections digital mentoring programme

13th August 2020


Do you need some help using technology and connecting with family, friends and support networks online? 


If you, or someone you know, needs a hand with technology and are feeling isolated from connecting with others online, the Clicksilver Connections team are there to help.


Clicksilver Connections is a free programme launched in response to the digital needs of those feeling isolated during the Coronavirus pandemic. They have some wonderful mentors who are waiting to get to know you and help you over the phone with four weeks of FREE one to one support.


There is a range of helpful advice on many topics such as:

  • Zoom, Skype, Facetime, Facebook
  • email
  • community support groups
  • online shopping and payments
  • useful websites
  • computer settings
  • getting online.

To find out more and register your interest you can either:

  • Complete the referral form and provide a brief description of what help is required. A call with then be arranged within 48 hours to discuss further (open 24 hours)
  • Email Clicksilver@bitc.org.uk (open 24 hours)
  • Telephone 07725 638 007 or 07921 494 069 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm).


If you need help with the referral please let us know and we can support you every step of the way.


Clicksilver Connections Leaflet
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NEWS RELEASE: 04/06/2020




NHS services in Bassetlaw are open and here for you, is the message being shared from local cancer care specialists, despite the increased pressures on the NHS during the Coronavirus outbreak.


Aurora Wellbeing Centre in Bassetlaw, together with GPs from local surgeries in Worksop and Retford, and cancer nurse specialists in the area, have produced a video encouraging anyone with concerns not to ignore the signs or symptoms of cancer, but to get in touch with their GP surgery or cancer clinic for help and support.


Local cancer support services, including Aurora in Worksop, remain operational via telephone and online support services, and are encouraging people affected by cancer and experiencing difficulties, to get in touch and access the support that is still available.


Debra Fores, aurora manager at Aurora Wellbeing Centre in Worksop said,

“Now more than ever people affected by a cancer diagnosis need our help and support to deal with increased levels of anxiety and worry and the impact of Covid-19. We are aware that the number of people visiting their GP for cancer related issues is down, and we urge people to make contact and follow up any concerns they have.”


GP practices have advised that despite the pressures on services during the Coronavirus outbreak, the NHS along with local cancer support services, remain open to care for patients in Bassetlaw - this includes GP practices and hospital clinics.


Dr Eric Kelly, a local GP in Bassetlaw and Chair of NHS Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) explains that the NHS is still here to help you.


“It is very important that patients and the public are aware that the majority of NHS services continue to operate as usual and we want to reassure people that accessing NHS services for non-coronavirus medical issues is highly important, and that includes cancer related issues and symptoms.


“The health needs of our patients is of paramount importance and it is vital that patients continue to seek advice from health and care professionals such as GPs, nurses and pharmacists, as well as emotional and practical support from organisations like Aurora.”

GP practices across Bassetlaw remain open, but the ways in which they are providing care and services has changed in line with national guidance and measures to keep patients and staff safe. 


Anyone with a health concern should contact their local practice where they will be assessed, either online or by telephone. If a patient needs to be seen in person and doesn’t have symptoms of Coronavirus, they can be seen in a safe environment. This is particularly important for patients that have more urgent health issues, such as suspected cancer symptoms.

Anyone that has been affected by a cancer diagnosis, including family, friends, carers, or those who are socially isolated or vulnerable are please encouraged to contact Aurora via the telephone support service on 01909 470985. Help and support including emotional and practical help is ongoing, confidential Health Needs Assessments with one of our Wellbeing Practitioner are available, either by telephone or video calls. People are encouraged to get in touch Monday – Friday 9am- 5pm.


Patients are reminded that there is also the NHS 111 service and also the online coronavirus service  if you need more urgent medical help and advice.


For further information, please visit Aurora Wellbeing Centre Bassetlaw website via https://www.aurorawellbeing.org.uk/worksop/ for the latest information on services and support Follow us on Facebook @AuroraWellbeingCentreBassetlaw and Twitter @AuroraCentres

Dr Eric Kelly, a local GP in Bassetlaw and Chair of NHS Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) explains that the NHS is still here to help you!


“NHS staff continue to go the extra mile for patients. However, it is also very important that patients and the public are aware that the majority of NHS services continue to operate as usual and want to reassure people that accessing NHS services for non-coronavirus medical issues is highly important.  Both adults and children should attend A&E departments for urgent and emergency medical issues, including serious conditions such as stroke and heart attacks; cancer patients attending their ongoing treatments; and expectant mothers attending for regular scans.”


Bassetlaw doctors have advised that despite the enormous pressures and demands on NHS services during the Coronavirus outbreak, local NHS services remain open to care for patients in Bassetlaw which include GP Practices and Pharmacies.  The health needs of our patients is of paramount importance and it is vital that patients continue to seek advice from health and care professionals such as GPs, nurses and pharmacists.


All practices and most branch practices in Bassetlaw remain open, but of course, the ways in which they are providing care and services has changed. This is in line with national guidance and important measures to keep patients and staff safe.


If a patient needs to see someone, they should contact their local practice where they will be assessed.  This can take place either online or by telephone. If a patient needs to be seen in person and doesn’t have symptoms of Coronavirus, they will be seen in a safe environment. This is particularly important for patients that have more urgent health issues, such as suspected cancer symptoms or severe abdominal pain.


We want to reassure patients not be alarmed if your practice team are wearing personal protective equipment; its extra precaution to ensure that both you and the health professional stay safe during  these times.


If a patient needs to be seen and has symptoms of Coronavirus or is self-isolating with someone else who has symptoms you will receive excellent care and your healthcare professional will explain how it will be delivered.  There is also the NHS 111 online coronavirus service  if you need medical help and advise or if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home or your condition gets worse.


For further information, please visit NHS Bassetlaw CCG’s website via http://www.bassetlawccg.nhs.uk/ for the latest information on Coronavirus and how to access NHS services for other urgent medical services.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter pages @BassetlawCCG.


During these unpresented times, we can all help reduce the spread of Coronavirus by staying at home, protect the NHS and help save lives.

Heritage and Health Project update

Welcome to our new Heritage Engagement Officer




As we temporarily close our doors to the public planning for the Heritage and Health project continues. Ruthie Boys our new Heritage Engagement Officer explains what has been happening and how you can still get involved.


“Hello all, my name is Ruthie and I am the Heritage Engagement Officer for Aurora’s Heritage and Health Project. One of the key aims of this unique project is to ensure heritage activities have a direct, positive impact on the wellbeing of those involved. It is my role to organise and plan activities and support people to participate in a variety of ways.


I was in my post for such a short time before the centre closed its doors and I didn’t get a chance to introduce myself to everybody or to put in motion our exciting plans. As we adapt to the current challenges I am certain new and creative ideas and solutions will emerge, as we work on ways to bring the project to you and ensure it is unaffected and ready to re-start when the doors of the centre re-open. I want to reassure you that the project hasn’t stopped and neither has our enthusiasm for it.


We want you to stay on this journey with us so we have created new heritage pages on the Aurora Wellbeing website. They give you more details about the project and how to get involved – the activities planned, the growing project team, the new volunteer roles, the emerging research about how heritage can positively affect wellbeing and more. We welcome you to have a look and stay connected to us digitally by keeping in touch.


If you head over to the 'Aurora Heritage and Health at Home' pages you can get involved now. We have moved a number of the activities online and you will find a range of projects, mini challenges and more to do during this time.


You may be interested in joining us and creating an 'Aurora Collection' in our Virtual Museum by sharing with us a photograph of a special object to you. You may prefer to do one of our Virtual Missions inspired by the five ways to wellbeing. You may like to have a go at one of the Creative Sessions, easy to do activities for the whole family. Alternatively, you may want to add your photographs to the Our Worksop Photo Wall. There are many activities to choose from and more added each week, and we hope you find something to enjoy and share. 


As we begin to slowly emerge into the community this project feels more important than ever as we continue to find ways to support, maintain and improve our wellbeing. I look forward to the time when we can come together and get stuck into the activities and I can say hello in person and re-introduce you to this project personally. In the meantime thank you for your continued support and thank you to all National Lottery players, without them this project couldn’t happen.”


Get in touch to say hello and let me know what you are looking forward to the most about the project. Ruthie Boys  heritage@aurorawellbeing.org.uk




17 March 2020: 12:00

Statement issued on behalf of the Chairman and Board of Trustees of Aurora Wellbeing Centres.


“Following the recent announcements from the Department of Health and in in line with the new Government guidelines, Aurora Wellbeing Centres have made the decision to close all Aurora sites until further notice.


Aurora will close the sites in Doncaster, Mexborough and Worksop from 5pm today, Tuesday March 17th, for the wellbeing of our employees, volunteers and local communities. This is a time of uncertainty and we must all do our part to curtail the spread of this Coronavirus.


Our Wellbeing Practitioners will continue to offer telephone consultations and support for people that are affected by cancer or long term health conditions, along with their families and friends.  We will no longer offer face to face consultations in any of our centres during this period of uncertainty.


If you would like to speak to a Wellbeing Practitioner please telephone:

Bassetlaw on 07591 952496 or

Doncaster on 01302 796853


May we take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of Aurora Wellbeing Centres."




We met lia when she brought her money into the Scot Lane centre, she told us she wanted to help people feel better and after hearing how we are local and do just that she chose to donate her massive £2184 to Aurora Scot Lane.


She was inspired to fundraise and hoped to raise £500 in honour of two relatives who are proud cancer suvivors. 


Lia you are an inspiration, thank you so much for choosing our charity. We hope you are as proud as we are?



The Old Library building on Memorial Avenue, Worksop is set to be transformed to its former glory thanks to a £1.56M Heritage Fund grant.


Aurora Wellbeing Centres have been successful with their application to The National  Lottery Heritage Fund and will begin work on an ambitious plan to regenerate this key historic Grade II listed building. 


The £1.56M National Lottery grant will be boosted to £2M with support from key stakeholders.


The project will create a dedicated heritage area at the centre, including physical displays and an innovative virtual museum to tell the story of the Old Library and Museum throughout the decades. Aurora’s aim is to engage people living with cancer and their families with heritage to support their wellbeing. This includes an innovative new activities programme, giving people an opportunity to connect with the history of Worksop.


The Aurora Wellbeing Centre opened in May 2014 in the old library and museum building in Worksop. Its primary purpose is to provide support for people diagnosed with cancer. Aurora will continue to provide their vital cancer services and their community facilities at the Old Library Building throughout the renovations as the plan will be managed in phases.


Phillip Foster, Aurora Chairman, said: “This is fantastic news and without the support of National Lottery players, the Old Library building could not have been refurbished. To have a renovated building to offer our services from is wonderful news. Our small team led by our Trustee Carl Andrews have worked incredibly hard to bring this ambitious project to realisation.”


Debra Fores, Centre Manager said: “This is excellent news for the local community; it will give Aurora the opportunity to explore the links between Heritage, Health and Wellbeing and will bring great benefits for the local community as we continue to explore and develop services.”


Jonathan Platt, Head of Investment for Midlands & East at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, “This project will not only renovate and conserve an important historic building in Worksop, but also explore the role that heritage can play in supporting and improving the wellbeing of cancer patients and their families. I’m delighted that National Lottery players’ money is supporting this project, which could be a great example for similar centres across the UK.” 


Aurora provides support for anyone living with a cancer diagnosis or a long-term health condition, including their family members and carers, in the Bassetlaw area. Services include support groups, workshops and counselling, beauty treatments and holistic therapies, exercise classes and a gym. The centre is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4.30 pm. Call 01909 470985 or visit www.aurorawellbeing.org.uk/worksop for more information. 

Cross Section Old Library Building Worksop
Rear of Old Library Building with Terrace

Worksop runners set the pace to help support families affected by cancer


Aurora Wellbeing Centre in Worksop opened its doors on Saturday 7th Sept to a team of over 100 runners and supporters to celebrate the official launch of Run the Wall, a running challenge that will raise funds for Aurora in Worksop.


Run the Wall will see a team of over 40 runners run the 90 mile length of Hadrian’s Wall, coast-to-coast, over just four days. The activity will take place in May 2020 and money raised will go to Aurora in Worksop to support families that have been affected by a cancer diagnosis.


The challenge is the inspiration of Sarah Johnson, 41, from Worksop, who earlier this year was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time. Running enthusiast Sarah wanted to fulfil a lifelong challenge whilst raising money for Aurora the Worksop charity that provided her family with support. She explained,


“When I was diagnosed the familiar feeling for fear returned to our family, with my anxiety focused on my children and how they would cope when I was ill.  I wanted to do something that would help me focus on the future and turn a long standing dream, to run the length of HadrAuian’s Wall, into a reality whilst at the same time raising funds to support other families in Bassetlaw that are affected by cancer.”


The launch event on Saturday included a motivational running challenge around the Canch and Memorial Gardens with approx. 100 Run the Wall runners and supporters taking part. Fundraising took place inside and outside the Aurora Centre with stalls and family activities, and the Aurora charity shop and tea room were open to the public. Debra Fores, manager at Aurora in Worksop said,


“We are so pleased to see so many runners here today and welcome everyone involved in the Run the Wall challenge. The scale of the fundraising activity that is taking place is fantastic and will go a long way towards helping us enhance the support we offer to families affected by a cancer diagnosis in Bassetlaw.”


Aurora provides support for anyone living with a cancer diagnosis or a long-term health condition, including their family members and carers, in the Bassetlaw area. Services include support groups, workshops and counselling, beauty treatments and holistic therapies, exercise classes and a gym. The centre is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4.30 pm. Call 01909 470985 or visit www.aurorawellbeing.org.uk/worksop for more information. For more details of the Run the Wall challenge visit - https://www.facebook.com/Run-the-wall-2421691124557624/


Bassetlaw Councillor raises £1100 for Aurora


A Bassetlaw Councillor has raised £1100 for the Aurora Wellbeing Centre in Worksop after organising a charity music event at St Joseph’s Church Hall in Retford.


Cllr Sue Shaw, who is the Ward Member for East Retford East, her husband Dave Hollingworth and his band Giant Hogweed, held the event on Saturday 10th March to help raise funds for the Aurora Centre.

The money raised came from the sale of tickets, and support from other local Councillors, Joan Sanger, David Pidwell, David Challinor and John Shephard, who either attended or donated money.


Sue said: “The event was fantastic, we had so much support from friends and family, who either sold tickets or donated raffles prizes. We would like to thank everyone who helped make the event a success.

“Aurora does some fantastic work in Bassetlaw and I’m happy that we have been able to help, even in a small way, with this donation.”


The Aurora Wellbeing Centre provides a range of support services and therapies for cancer patients and their families. Debra Fores, General Manager at Aurora said: “I would like to thank Sue, Dave and the band for raising the money for the centre. It’s thanks to fund raising events like this that we are able to offer support and treatments to local people who have been diagnosed with cancer.”


BIG funding for Aurora Worksop

NEWS RELEASE 19.11.2018


Aurora Wellbeing Centre in Worksop will help more women affected by cancer move forward with their lives, thanks to a National Lottery Awards for All grant of £9,070.


Aurora Worksop, based in the Old Library Building, has been awarded the funding to set up ‘Time to Grow’ cancer survivors support group. The group will give women a forum to talk openly about their experiences. As well as offering ongoing emotional support and information, sessions will include guest speakers, bespoke activities and events.


Anna Shaw, care navigator at Aurora Wellbeing Centre in Worksop explained, 


“For many women diagnosed with cancer, once the intense treatment and professional support slows down, this is the time they require the greatest support. There is often a feeling of being left alone to get on with things, leading to feelings of isolation, so setting up ‘Time to Grow’ will provide access to informal social support, alongside relevant practical information relating to cancer.


“We know that talking to people who have similar experiences and shared anxieties, can give reassurance and provide on-going support, and this is an incredibly positive and powerful approach to aid recovery.”


Every year, more people in Bassetlaw are diagnosed with cancer than the national average, and in 2017 Aurora supported 787 people with a cancer diagnosis.


Support is available for anyone living with a cancer diagnosis or a long-term health condition, including their family members and carers, in the Bassetlaw area. Please get in touch for more information.


BIG’s Awards for All programme offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 to social and environmental projects that will benefit local communities. Find out more.

Aurora Welcomes New Chairman - Dr Philip Foster


Mr Christopher Wanless has decided to step down from his role as Chairman of Aurora Wellbeing Centres due to his extensive personal work commitments and the limited time he now has available to lead the organisation. Christopher started with the charity more than 10 years ago as a volunteer, later becoming a Trustee and was appointed Chairman in November 2014. Christopher has led the organisation in both South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw through the transition to a Community Incorporated Organisation (CIO), with manysuccessful developments achieved across the charity during this period. Christopher has expressed his desire to continue as a Trustee supporting the newly appointed Chairman.



The Aurora Wellbeing Centre Board of Trustees at their meeting in July 2018 thanked Christopher for leading the organisation to where it is today. The board approved the appointment of Dr Philip Foster as the Aurora WellbeingChairman. Philip became a Trustee in Aurora in 2013.  Recognising the importance of empowering patients he has been a keen supporter of the charity and is now delighted to take over as Chair of the trustees.

Philip has been a leader in the development of NHS services in Bassetlaw, and was a local GP and the Bassetlaw Hospice, Medical Director from 1996 to 2010. In 2012 he was appointed Medical Director to the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Primary Care Trust. In 2013 he joined Yorkshire Ambulance Service as a Clinical Director before being appointed as a Director of Planned and Urgent Care overseeing the NHS 111 and patient transport services. He retired from the Ambulance Service in 2017 but continues to provide strategic advice on patient and community engagement.



Statement from Dr Philip Foster:


I am delighted to be appointed the trustee chair and am grateful to Chris Wanless for all his support and work in getting Aurora to where it is today. I take over at a very exciting time when we are developing services in support of patients and working in partnership with both the NHS and other 3rd sector organisations. I very much look forward to working with the staff and volunteers of Aurora who have worked so hard to make the charity such a success.

We would like to extend a massive thank you to Len South, John and the wonderful Rovers supporters. 
During the season they raised almost £1000 to help pay for therapy products in our Scot Lane centre.

Lynne Rothwell, our Chief therapy officer attended their final game to accept a cheque from them both. 


A social movement in cancer awareness

Be Cancer Safe is a social movement across South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire which aims to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer and the opportunities for screening to increase the number of people diagnosed earlier.

The movement is being coordinated by South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire Cancer Alliance and delivered in partnership with voluntary sector health organisations.

The following organisations will be working in conjunction with local health and social care, charitable and voluntary organisations to deliver activities across the region:

  • Voluntary Action Rotherham in Rotherham and Barnsley (working in conjunction with Voluntary Action Barnsley)
  • Aurora Wellbeing Centres in Bassetlaw
  • Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust in Doncaster
  • Sheffield Local Authority in Sheffield
  • Derbyshire Voluntary Action in North Derbyshire and Hardwick

A coordinator, Alison Thorp, has been appointed to work across all geographical areas, supporting events and activities and ensuring a consistent approach.

In South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire we have more people diagnosed with cancer than the England average. People in our region are less likely to attend for screening, more likely to be diagnosed with cancer at a late stage and, as a consequence, are more likely to die from cancer. There are some groups in our communities that are less like to attend screening or to visit their GP if they have symptoms.

Through Be Cancer Safe we aim to make sure everyone is aware of the signs and symptoms of cancer and the benefits of attending screening.

Ordinary members of the community can get involved as Cancer Ambassadors and Cancer Champions who will be supported to raise awareness with their family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues. They will do this by word of mouth, distribution of information and signposting people to the range of services available to them. They will assist in giving information which is beneficial to others, motivate people to be more aware and alert to cancer symptoms and seek early medical assistance.

For more information or to request promotional material please email sheffieldccg.sybnd.canceralliance@nhs.net.

Follow us:

Facebook – www.facebook.com/groups/BeCancerSafe/

Twitter - @SYBhealthcare #becancersafe 

Ranby House School raises £1200 for Aurora Centre Worksop



Aurora Wellbeing Centre in Worksop has this week been presented with a cheque after a fabulous fundraising event at Ranby House School.


The sell-out Yuletide Afternoon Tea event was organised by Ranby Parents’ Group in December when a grand total of £1,200 was raised.


Anna Shaw, care navigator at Aurora was presented with the cheque, she explained,


“It is thanks to the support of local groups and organisations like this that we are able to offer support to anyone in Bassetlaw affected by cancer, or who is living with a cancer diagnosis.

“Every year at Aurora we help hundreds of local people either undergoing treatment or who have completed treatment, to ensure they get essential support for their physical and emotional wellbeing.”


Clare Recaldin, parent from Ranby House School said, “We are delighted to support Aurora, it is a charity that is close to our hearts and helps so many people in our local community.”


Aurora Wellbeing Centres awarded Heritage Lottery Fund grant to return heritage to Worksop’s Old Library and Museum

Aurora Wellbeing Centres, a cancer charity, has received initial support* from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project exploring heritage and health, it was announced today. The project aims to return heritage to the Old Library and Museum in Worksop for the first time since 1983.


Development funding of £131,300 has been awarded to help Aurora progress their plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.


This project will create new ways for the people of Worksop and users of the Aurora Wellbeing Centre to engage with the heritage of this 1938 Grade II listed, purpose-built library and museum (the latter closed in the 1980s). The project will renovate this architecturally important building, create new interpretations and return heritage objects and heritage activities to this valued community building.


The project will:

• Renovate, conserve and restore a significant heritage building creating a multi-purpose centre


• Create a new space within the centre for the people of Worksop to celebrate their heritage including physical displays and an innovative virtual museum to tell the stories of the Old Library and Museum .


• Develop heritage activity, volunteer programmes and partnerships to significantly broaden opportunities for engagement with local people and users of the centre.


• Develop innovative work exploring heritage and health.


The restoration, repair and conservation of the locally valued Old Library and Museum building will make a significant impact on the conserved heritage of Worksop, ensuring its use for future generations. The Old Library and Museum was designed in a Moderne style, using Art Deco and Classical elements, by J. Haslam, a local architect. The interior was neatly divided between the museum to the east and library to the west.


The development of Britain’s library service owes a lot to Worksop Library. It opened years before the introduction of the 1850 Public Libraries Act which first gave the power to establish free public libraries. During the First World War, books were distributed to branches by the librarian on his motorcycle because of a shortage of petrol. This scheme proved successful and was used in the rest of the county. In 1928, the library became the Worksop Library and Museum but in 1932, it had to close because of flood damage. A purpose-built new museum and library opened in 1938, which is the building that this project focuses on.


The museum closed in 1983, and the building finally closed as a library in 2010, when the council began to seek a new purpose for the building. Aurora moved into the building in 2012.


Chris Wanless, the charity’s chairman, said: “We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. The Wellbeing Centre has given the town a central hub for the community, working in partnership with the Local Council, College, Library and heritage partners to provide a wide range of services. Whilst our central commitment remains to support people undergoing their Cancer journey, our location in Worksop allows us to provide a wider range of services and interact and interface with other vital aspects of community, such as heritage and connections to heritage, to improve wellbeing for all.”


Debra Fores, manager of the centre, said, “Our services and the daily work of the centre rely heavily on the efforts of our vital local volunteers. Without their efforts, we would not be able to offer the breadth of services we currently provide. The money we have now secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund is crucial to our longer term vision to remain a key service for the locality of Bassetlaw, providing innovative and supportive services to the community. It will allow both the heritage and charitable work of Aurora to grow alongside each other productively and go from strength to strength.”


Last summer we honoured to be chosen as the charity for Doncaster Dragon Boat Event.
We are so grateful to receive a tremendous £6177 from The Rotary Club of Doncaster St Georges.
This year you may enter and choose which charity your team would like to benefit from the sponorship you raise.
The event is on 9th July and you can contact John Day on 01302 788464 for more information.
Here is Jackie Simpkin & Ken Weight - Aurora trustees receiving the monies from Doncaster St. George's Rotary Club

At our recent 'Carols & Coffee' in our Worksop Centre on Wednesday 16 December, we had a Christmassy jumper contest.
Little Angel (pictured with her mum and dad Mr and Mrs Hughes) was the stand out winner.
Well done Angel we hope you had a lovely Christmas and a happy new year

Last week The Rotary Club of St Georges presented Jackie Simpkin, vice chair of Aurora with a cheque from this years Dragon Boat Race. The grand total raised from the day was an amazing £12'642 to which Aurora was honoured to receive £6177 with the remainder going to the clubs charities and worthy causes.
We would like to thank the club, DMBC and all 30 of the teams that took part in such an amazing day!
Ladies Afternoon Success

100 ladies attended the first ever fundraising lunch for Aurora Wellbeing Centres last Thursday and raised £1,300 for the local cancer charity. All the ladies enjoyed afternoon tea at Rossington Hall, Doncaster, receiving a welcome drink from local solicitors Atherton Godfrey. 

During the course of the afternoon, Dean Learoyd serenaded the ballroom with his
beautifully soft and strong voice and top stylist Tina Gill showcased local boutique Venezia Designs current collection. In addition to the beautiful clothes Tina demonstrated how you could use one item of clothing in a variety of ways. Taking clothing through from day into evening attire.


Lynne Rothwell, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of the charity said: “It’s always so humbling to see people gathered together to support the charity, raising such a brilliant amount of money. We are so grateful for the support of these ladies who today have made a huge difference to the lives of local people living with cancer we care and support each year”


The ladies who attended the lunch raised money to help men and women affected by cancer and also their carer’s. Anyone with a cancer diagnosis receives a free package of support, holistic & beauty treatments and wellbeing programmes, to help raise their self-esteem and confidence.


The lovely staff at Beaverbrooks chose Aurora to benefit from the Beaverbrooks charitable trust. Here is the manager Jules and her lovely staff Emma, Alison, Josh and Dom presenting us a cheque for £1000. We are honoured that you all chose our charity to benefit from your 2015 allocation

A huge thank you to the ladies at Atherton Godfrey who worked so hard in June during their Charity Will Writing month. They raised a magnificent £3300 to donate to Aurora, so we may help continue to support local men, women and carers of anyone with a cancer diagnosis.





Crown Hotel Doncaster Business Cup


We were honoured last weekend to be one of the chosen charities for this years Crown Hotel Bawtry Doncaster Business Cup.  The cup is in its 5th year and the organisers decided to invite all the chairties back  once again to mark this milestone year.


Congratulations to the overall winners Team Moirae who this year beat Team Van Steen  2-1. We would like to thank everyone involved in such a fantastic day raising money for local chairites and in doing so helping us to continue to provide help and support to local people living with cancer.


Visit Bawtry Polo Cup


We had a record attendance for the 2015 Visit Bawtry Polo Cup. With the Robinsons marquee growing again in size! Another brilliant day and massive congratulations to The Vanilla Rooms who won this year's trophy. We are pleased to announce the raffle winners are


1. Nick Bennett - Champagne Hamper - CLAIMED

2. Zoe - Bottle of Champagne - CLAIMED 

3. Nick Bennett - Bottle of Champagne CLAIMED

4. Andrew Bevan -


Now to start planning next year!!

Care to Run Results


Thank you to everyone who attended this years Care To Run. We hope everyone enjoyed the day as much as we did. We would like to thank everyone at Doncaster Athletics Track for their continued support of our charity, in particular Kev Lincoln. We just couldn't do it without you!!


We are hoping to put a provisional date in the diary for next year and have plans to make it bigger and better!! Congratulations to everyone for your fantastic time and support to helping us to contine to support local people living with cancer. If you still have sponsor money to hand in you can do this at any of our centres. If you want to speak us you can email Emma on fundraising@aurorawellbeing.org ro 07447 414051

Care to Run 2015 - 4th July 2015

This year we are once again holding our annual fun run to support local people with a cancer diagnosis. The run is from Doncaster Athletics Track 10am on 4th July and we really hope that you will come along on the day. You can enter online with the following link and you can collect sponsors by requesting an official sponsor form or setting up a BT MyDonate and choosing Aurora as your charity.


Sponsored Walk

This is Sienna today she is walking from her home (Kirk Sandall) to Conisborough. She is hoping to raise £200 to sponsor a scene in this years fasion show, it was all her own idea and we're all so proud of her.

Sienna's mum Karen is in the show, all the models have suffered from cancer and are such an inspiration. Supporting a great charity to help support others with a cancer diagnosis and showing they won't be held down by this disease. Each year they create a fabulous show raising money to put the show on with profits coming to Aurora. This years show is 14th & 15th May and you can get your tickets from any centre.

Sienna were so proud of you..!! Well Done 

Cake Donation


Carolyn Jackson who works at Doncaster Royal Infirmary was kind enough to bake this magnificent cake recently. She decided to take it to work and charge her colleagues for a piece. Thank you Carolyn for the donation you made from your cake sales

Yorkshire Caravan support
Fancy winning a £100 voucher towards Bawtry Motorhome Hire - why not buy a charity raffle ticket from Yorkshire Caravans of Bawtry during the Yorkshire Caravans of Bawtry Caravan Show from the 21st - 29th March to be in with a chance!
They have a fun day for all the family on the launch day (21st March) and they have very kindly adopted us for the event meaning all proceeds from the raffle will help local people who are living with cancer.

Race Night Success

Atherton Godfrey have been huge supporters of Aurora for over two years so we were over the moon just after Christmas when Jodie Cook, Associate at Atherton Godfrey came to us to set a Race night up. The evening was a huge success and we raised a fantastic £1028 bringing the total money raised to a staggering £10800.73. They have agreed to continue to support us which we are over the moon about and are hoping to take part in this years Dragon Boat race and in June will hold a will writing month which they will donate the proceeds of to Aurora to contact them call 01302 320621

Aurora Charity Shop 
Valentines day is approaching and the ladies in our Doncaster charity shop have ensured we have a window to reflect the special season. With a vast range of ladies wear our charity shop on Scot Lane has something for every lady.
Neece shaves her hair for Aurora
Neece Francess-Allen decided that she wanted to shave her head to raise money for Aurora Wellbeing Centres. Neece works in our Scot Lane therapy centre and wanted to dedicate her fundraiser head shave, to her friend Ann Holden who has just started her treatment having been diagnosed with cancer.

So Neece said goodbye to her fabulous head of hair when Aurora hairdresser Charlotte and Elite stylist Emma got to work and shaved it all off. 

As we speak the fund has reached over £4000 which is absolutely fantastic and with money still coming in Neece will be helping local people and their families to be supported at a time when they need it the most for some time with the proceeds from losing her hair. 

We would like to thank Neece for her bravery in raising such a fantastic amount of money to help so many people suffering from the side effects of cancer. Also everyone who donated either an auction prize or money for Neece, including Ziniz of Bawtry who very kindly let her hold the event   
Aurora Golf Day - Earlybird Offer 
This years Golf Day will be held at Rotherham Golf Club on 24th September. For a limited time we are offering an earlybird team entry for £190 per team. To enter please message or contact Peter 07538582434 or Emma 07447 414051 If you or anyone you know would like to sponsor the day please get in touch

Rossington Hall


Gary Gee from the stunning Rossington Hall presented us with £3000 from an auction he won at Eastside awards last year. The prize was kindly donated by Doncaster Racecourse, Ziniz of Bawtry and The Crown Hotel (pictured) We were lucky enough to have a look around the gorgeous Hall and it is truly beautiful. Thank you to Gary and his team for having us and for the amazing contribution to help us continue to help local people suffering with the effects of cancer 

Thank you Lindsey


A massive thank you to Lindsey..! She raised a fabulous £2207.49 by holding a big 30th birthday party at the end of last year.! She also calls in and uses our Scot Lane centre to pamper herself and support Cancer patients.. A true Aurora star

1st January


Could you do with a kick start to the New Year.......
If you have had cancer and haven't accessed your free Aurora Colour Analysis Consultation, call our Scot Lane Salon and book your personal appointment.
Appointments available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through January.
It's a great lift , a fun experience and will give you that boost we all need after Christmas...
What can you expect from a colour analysis consultation?
Knowing what colours suit you can dramatically influence the way you look; it will not only help your complexion look its best but it makes shopping and dressing easier. Colour Analysis involves an assessment of your hair, skin and eyes to determine which colours are most flattering to you and which colours to avoid.
If we get this right you should benefit by;
  • take the guess work out of colour choices
  • discover alternatives to black
  • look younger and more radiant
  • even out skin tone and define your features
  • tailor your make-up for your skin tone
  • coordinate your wardrobe
  • increase your confidence
  • achieve new looks and combinations
  • make shopping trips more efficient and less stressful

This same personal service is available to our supporters for £15.00, so treat yourself and the double benefit is whilst it will give you a great lift, you are supporting a cancer patient to have the same treatment for free.

Winners Win Christmas On Us - 24th December 2014


Mr and Mrs Smith were thrilled to win this years annual raffle. They won everything they need to have a fabulous Christmas Day for the price of a raffle ticket!! The prize included.. Turkey, Vegetables, fruit, Christmas tree, Wine, Lager, Champagne, Gateau, Centrepiece, Chocolate, presents and more!!! Congratulations on your win we hope you enjoy your prize and thank you for your support

Win Christmas on Us Raffle Winners
1st Prize - Christmas on Us - 1535
2nd Prize - Crown Hotel Dinner Bed & Breakfast - 2803
3rd Prize - Crown Hotel Dinner Bed & Breakfast - 2905
4th Prize - Aladdin Cast - 1620
5th Prize - Cream Tea @ Clumber Park Hotel - 0617
6th Prize - Sweet Tree - 1835
7th Prize - Sweet Tree - 1513
8th Prize - Dick Whittington - 3023
9th Prize - Sunday Lunch for 4 at Ye Olde Bell - 2556
Thank you to everyone who bought a raffle ticket this year. We hope you have a very merry Christmas..! 

Message from Aurora Wellbeing Centres new Chairman


I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Aurora Chairman and thank our wonderful volunteers who work tirelessly to support the charity. I will be holding sessions across the organisation over the coming months which will give all volunteers the opportunity to meet with me and other Trustees.


I intend to send out regular Newsletters to keep people up to date with the charities developments and utilise the website to share regular updates and key messages.


The AGM is planned for 28 January 2015, 6pm at Mexborough and I hope to see staff and volunteers at the event.


I would like to send Seasons Greetings for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.



Chris Wanless


Santa Dash -  

Our fabulous supporters turned out once again this year all wearing Santa suits to help raise funds for local people with a cancer diagnosis. Our Worksop centre was busy all day with people in the centre visiting Santa, browsing the stalls and grabbing a cup of well earned tea after the run twice around the canche park. The event raised over £1000 for Aurora and we all had a great day 

Atherton Godfrey


For two years the fantastic staff at Atherton Godfrey have supported Aurora. This year has been no exception and in addition to attending many of our events this most recent donation from their Christmas raffle, takes the grand total to £9626..!!! An absolutely fabulous amount of money, which has enabled hundreds of local people suffering the effects of cancer to access our support free of charge.. on behalf of those local people thank you so much for your ongoing support.

Ladies at Wheatley Golf Club 


Val Picket and the ladies at Wheatley Golf Club chose Aurora as their charity of the year. Raising a fantastic £500 during the year we visited the fabulous club and they presented us with £500. Thank you for your amazing support ladies

Worksop College


Last year Worksop College held a Summer Ball and Aurora is very lucky to of been chosen as the charity for the event. The night was an amazing and a huge success. We are very grateful to all the staff, pupils and everyone involved in the night for raising the fantastic £5000 for our charity

TK Max

Thanks to Tracey Cain and colleagues at TK Max who nominated Aurora to be considered for their community funding for Local  charities award.
Both Aurora and Firefly were nominated and everyone at the Doncaster store were delighted when their head office considered both charities to be worthy of a cash donation.
This means a lot to Aurora as we are well aware just how many requests a company like TK Max receive from local charities. The national company policy is to rotate their support annually in favour of Cancer Research UK and Comic relief.
Tracey was delighted to hear that at least 20 local people with a cancer diagnosis will be visiting one of our centres thanks to their £500 donation.

New Beginnigs


For as many years as we can remember Neil and his very dedicated team at New Beginnings have organised a charity day in aid of Aurora. From sailing down DRI to boating round Hatfield marina they have done it all!! This year was no different and they organised a Carnival at Sandall Park. The day itself was a slightly soggy one but they still raised a brill £268.73!! New Beginnings on Balby Road, Doncaster is such an inspiring facility and we believe Doncaster is lucky to have it

Royal Bank of Scotland


Neil Smith of Royal Bank of Scotland, Doncaster held his first dinner dance last month and donated the proceeds between us and Doncaster Childrens Hospital. The event was a roaring success and great fun was had by all. Neil called into our Scot Lane centre for a coffee in SW1 our newly opened coffee shop and presented us with this cheque.. thank you Neil, you did great and sounded like you thoroughly enjoyed the event and organising it 


Lorraine (centre) works at the Three Horseshoes in Auckley, last month she held a race night, organised single handed at the pub and raising £2000 she donated half to Aurora and half to Doncaster Cancer Support Group. Thank you so much Lorraine for all your hard work and for the good things that the money will do to help local people and their families living with cancer

Tickhill Riding Club


This August Tickhill Riding Club held their annual charity show. They raised £3100 and we are delighted to say chose Aurora as their charity for this years funds.  Pictured are Jill Bradley (Aurora Macmillan hub) Derick Brookfield (club president) and Margaret Shaw (Committee member) Thank you for your donation

Halifax Bank


Halifax bank employees in Worksop once again supported Aurora at a race night last week. Raising over £2000 on the night it takes their total to over £7000 for 2014. Without their continued support we cannot continue to provide local people with a cancer diagnosis, free support when they need it most.... Thanks to Rebecca and her team

Christmas will come early


Christmas will come early for someone tomorrow night at the Aurora Comedy & Casino night at the Mount Pleasant Hotel. Thanks once again to Robinsons of Bawtry who have donated a fabulous Mulberry bag from the Bayswater collection. Many local people will who have a cancer diagnosis will be able to visit one of our centres free of charge thanks to his generosity.Our picture shows Laura and Russell presenting us the bag in the store, which you may find 2 South Parade, Bawtry

Well Done


Doreen + Clare Rigby rasied £1800 for the Aurora Centres through making the unique Dammit Dolls

Doreen was diagnosed in January 2014 was given a Dammit Dole when she was attending Weston Park Hospital Sheffield. Doreen wanted to give something back to Aurora in thanks from the care she received.

Doreen heard about Aurora by looking at a leaflet whilst attending the Jasmin Centre at Doncaster Royal Hospital. Doreen daughter Clare works for Doncaster Bassetlaw Hospital.

Thanks to the tremendous donation 72, local people who have been diagnosed with cancer can visit the Aurora Centre free of charge. Aurora would like to thank Doreen and Clare for what they have done for us.




A massive thank you to Beaverbrooks for raising £440.

Problem Solved


Many thanks to First 4 Magnets Tuxford for kindly donating £80 of industrial magnets that allowed us to fix our banners up to the metal frames at the Aurora Wellbeing Centre at Worksop

Movember - 28th October 2014


Last November Keith Brough & thirty co-workers from Doncaster cables raised a fantastic £1042 and donated 50% to Aurora Wellbeing centres and 50% to Firefly during Movember!

Could you take part in Movember this year for Aurora? You could raise money online or contact us for a sponsor form. We would love to see before and after pictures too. Email your photos to fundraising@aurorawellbeing.org

& She Knows & Robinsons

For the third consecutive year shop & She Knows in Bawtry called on local ladies to donate old and unwanted bras for ‘bra bunting’ that was hoisted in the town over the weekend.

The boutique in The Courtyard, Bawtry, came up with the way to promote Breast Cancer Awareness month by stringing the unwanted bras together to create the bunting.

Boutique owner Emily Harbon said: “Lots of businesses in Bawtry really get behind this event and are kind enough to have our eye catching pink collection bins in their establishments.

“It gives ladies plenty of opportunity to donate their old and unwanted bras and make a very worthwhile contribution to this fantastic cause.”

Players from the Dons and Doncaster Rovers were on hand to assist this year, following in the footsteps of Cook Islands Rugby Team who helped while they were in town in 2013.

Rebecca Dickenson, chairwoman of Bawtry Retail Association, said: “We hoped that ladies from Bawtry and the surrounding area would take the opportunity to tidy out their underwear drawers and donate their bras that no longer fit or were just past their best to this amazing event, and they did.”

The bras from the bunting will now be donated to an overseas charity for ladies to wear or sell.


'South Yorkshire Times'

Fashion Show Extravaganza


This year we raised £17'500 at our annual fashion show extravaganza. We really appreciate the continuous support of Perry's, Wheatley Hall Road and the dedicated Aurora supporters involved in making this event a success year on year, helping us to share the Aurora love.. If you would like more information about Aurora's services or want to talk to us about holding an event please contact us at fundraising@aurorawellbeing.org

Alan Leonard

Thank you to Alan Leonard who organised the recent Capitas Got Talent. He raised a massive £5,150 for Aurora Wellbeing Centres, this money will help us to continue to support local cancer patients and their families. Thank you Alan we really appreciate all your hard work.
Alan has also confirmed he will be holding the event again next year on the 29th August... so please save the date x

Paula and Adam

Paula and Adam very kindly donated us £601 which they raised in lieu of wedding presents at there recent wedding. Congratulations on your wedding and thank you for choosing Aurora to support.

Walkers Club Tea & Cake

Aurora welcomes walking party for lunch in the Wellbeing Centre, Worksop. The walkers enjoy scenic walks across Bassetlaw and are great supporters of the centre and visit regularly.

Bawtry Polo


Thanks to the Bawtry retailers who again chose Aurora to support at their annual Polo day! We really appreciate your ongoing support.... Looking forward to next year.

Elaines Poem

Last year you may remember the following poem from Elaine, we’ve been in touch and not only has she sent us another poem, but she is in the process of writing a book about her cancer journey.You will be happy to hear that she is doing really well, Elaine says….‘I am doing really well nowthank you. It was a year yesterday since my double mastectomy and my scars have healed amazingly well.  I am hoping to have a reconstruction next spring to complete my battle and finish 'on top'.I finished chemotherapy last July. Now I have a full head of hair. It has grown back thicker and a lovely texture. It is so healthy and shiny. I have lots more energy which I regained bit by bit by taking my German Shepherd for longer and longer walks each day. I have started line dancing again so I am getting lots of exercise now.It has been a long hard battle but I got there in the end. It has changed my outlook on life, I appreciate things more and I make more time for things I enjoy’

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