Prioritising children’s mental and physical wellbeing

One of the four core pillars of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal is M2. Focused on creating a foundation of self-confidence, self-esteem and self-compassion, M2 is offered to young girls of primary school age to make their mental and physical health a priority from an early age.

The teachings of the M2 programme help to strengthen their wellbeing and the purpose of it is to provide young girls with tools that will help them throughout their life, whether they receive pressure from their peers, society or even themselves. Focused on children living in disadvantaged areas in the North of England, M2 is a vital programme for those who need it most.

Through a combination of themed discussions, journaling, active games and workouts and goal setting, participants explore ways that they can be kinder to themselves and others.

Don’t just take our word for it. Hear directly from schools and what they think of M2…

“The girls absolutely loved it and have been asking if we can carry on next half term! It has been so lovely to see their confidence and physical fitness grow. We are doing our 5k on Monday after school.”

“Last week a girl shared with the research team that her inner cheerleader started out as just a small flower and now she draws it bigger because her confidence has bloomed so much. Thank you for enabling these girls to have these experiences!” - Greenhill Primary School, Leeds

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Kinesio Study Days: Back by popular demand!

Kinesio taping is one of the four core focuses of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and provides much-needed pain relief for cancer patients. This non-drug therapy involves applying an elasticated, self-adhesive tape to the skin to relieve abdominal pressure and discomfort. There are no side effects and the taping has proven to provide an immediate difference in quality of life. While kinesio taping was originally developed for managing symptoms of musculoskeletal conditions, this treatment was instrumental in providing pain relief for Jane during her illness. Since then, the Jane Tomlinson Appeal has championed its use and funded deeper study at Leeds Beckett University. Our kinesio taping study days are run by Alison Rose, renowned Team GB physiotherapist; and Jane Jones, who has pioneered the technique with oncology patients. These sessions are frequently booked out and 2024 has been no different. We held two study days in April, on the 12th and 19th, and both were a complete sell out! Due to popular demand, we will be offering more study days later this year. Register your interest today by emailing and keep an eye on Jane Tomlinson Appeal socials (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) to see when those dates are released.

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