Support for You.

Support groups and respite available for men and their families

The Chestnut Appeal funds lifesaving equipment and medical staff – but it also provides support for men battling cancer when they need it most. Scroll to find out more about our support groups and Holiday Home.

Support Groups

Our support groups are totally free of charge. The aim of the meetings is to support each other. It’s a patient-led support group, so you tell us what you need and we’ll be there to help you for as long as you need.

It’s also a great opportunity to meet other people from across the region who are going through, or have gone through the same procedures as you.

Our support is open to patients, family and friends. Anyone who wants to gain knowledge and access our support is very welcome.

All are welcome – view upcoming meetings below.

25th July 2024

The Chestnut Appeal Support Group.

Please do join us on Thursday 25th July for a round table discussion

Thursday 27th June at 18.00

Always FREE, all welcome. Come and get some support, wives and partners are also very welcome.

Coffee and Tea provided by The Chestnut Appeal for Men’s Health.

We meet at the Devonshire Health and Racquets Club.

Free parking, good bus services and bike racks.

For more information contact David at

17th September 2024

The Chestnut Appeal Support Group visit to Summerskills Brewery.

Summerskills Brewery was founded in 1983 by Adam Summerskill and has been based in Plymstock since 1985.

the visit will start at around 2pm with a chance to sample some of the beer and will last around an hour and a half.

All welcome.

please do let me know if you would like to come along

email David

For more information contact David at

Out & About 2024

Due to the generosity of the People that play the Postcode Lottery, in 2024, we are able to offer some fully funded day trips as part of the Plymouth Support Group activities.

More information about this trips to follow in the coming weeks, in the mean time, any suggestions on where YOU would like to visit please let us know by emailing.

Trying to make living with a cancer diagnosis that bit better for patients and families alike.

For more information contact David at

Stay free of charge at our Holiday Home

If you live in Devon & Cornwall, have been newly diagnosed, going through treatment, or just finished your treatment and would appreciate a relaxing week’s break in the charity’s holiday home, free of charge? Stay at the Tregoad Holiday Park – near Looe. 

In Cornwall? Contact Steph

Steph Holman is a dedicated member of staff based in Cornwall, focused on raising awareness of the charity’s work in the county and the three male cancers; Prostate, Testicular and Penile cancers, as well as raising funds that will stay in Cornwall to help develop provision for the men of the county.

You can reach Steph by emailing

Other Charities and Support Groups

Testicular cancer
There are lots of organisations, support groups, books, videos and other resources to help you cope with testicular cancer and its treatment.
Visit website >>

Prostate Cancer UK’s Specialist Nurses:
Whether you’ve been diagnosed or have concerns about prostate cancer, our Specialist Nurses are here to support you and answer your questions by phone or email. Visit website >>

The first penile cancer patient support group in the UK is here: Visit website >>

The Chestnut Unit

Explore the purpose-built building at Derriford Hospital thatour charity helped fund with your donations.

Explore our events

Our fundraiaing events are part of The chestnut Appeal community and a great way to get involved.