Cancer Support France: Languedoc

As many of you will know our fellow walker, Mike Bezer, has been diagnosed with cancer. He is at present undergoing chemotherapy and is bearing up well. He, like other English-speaking people, is receiving support from Cancer Support France – Languedoc. He cannot speak too highly of the support they are giving him. I have also heard very good reports from others that have supported by CSF. All the support is given by trained volunteers.

CSF Languedoc relies entirely on donations and fund-raising to pay for training, volunteers’ expenses, the drop-in centre, etc. They are holding one of their most successful events on 18 September. This is


a 5 or 10 km guided walk (your choice) through the vineyards of Domaine de la Clapière. The 10 km walk starts at 9.00am and the 5 km at 10.00am.

I should like to suggest to that those of us who are available and wish to support CSF and Mike (two for the price of one!) should take part in the walks, walking as “Team Lodeve Thursday Walkers”. Taking part on the 10 km walk will be Ollie, Mike’s dog, as Mike will not be well enough to walk himself. CSF ask for a minimum donation of 5€ per person taking part.

At the end of the walk there will be fish and chips (12€) but these must be ordered now as the supply is limited, at least two thirds have already been ordered, and there will also be a picnic area for those who prefer to self-cater. Wines of the Domaine will also be on sale.


Those who cannot/do not want to take part might like to support the team with a donation.

Sponsorship is more complicated in France than in the UK and if sponsorship is obtained it must legally be paid. Therefore CSF advise that sponsorship should be paid up front for taking part and not for distance completed.

If you could let me know if you will be taking part it will help with sponsorship as the larger the team the more likely we are to get people to support us.

If you are not in France, you can still sponsor the team although the sponsorship will have to be in euros. Full details are on their website, see below. Please indicate that you are supporting the Team.


If you would  like to car share, let me have your names and which walk you will be doing and I will try and organise this.

For further information please see CSF’s website

If anyone has any queries that are not answered please email me at


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