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, as in real life, 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.

Out & About 2024

Due to the generosity of the Post Code 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

23 April 2024

The Chestnut Appeal Support Group visit to the Devonport Naval Heritage Centre.

our guide will start around 1030 and the tour takes about 1 1/2 hours.

we can have a catch up chat over tea and coffee after the tour in the café on site
All welcome. There is free parking on site. 

Devonport Naval Heritage Centre. Vivid Approach off Granby Way. Devonport. PL1 4RW

For more information contact David at

25 April 2024

The Chestnut Appeal Support Group.

Gemma, Coast Path Connectors Project Officer at South West Coast Paths will be coming along to talk to the group on Thursday 25th April at 18.00

We meet at the Devonshire Health and Racquets Club.

Free parking, good bus services and bike racks.

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.