Nottingham Cancer Support Group
Our friendly group is dedicated to giving positive support to everyone involved with cancer in any way: carers, patients, health workers...
Meetings - All Welcome
Held at Queen's Medical Centre, A Floor, South Block,
from 5.30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.
All meetings and refreshments are free of charge.
A 50p Tombola is often arranged to assist group funds
- Prize every time.
Freda Ingall , Group Leader: 0115 931 3541
or email email@example.com
Marjorie Wirt-Green: 0115 9267070
Alison Clark: email firstname.lastname@example.org
|19 Feb|| Why is cancer research important?||Derek Stewart OBE|
|19 March||Living with cancer||Dr Sue Taplin, Lecturer in Social Care, |
University of Nottingham
|16 April||The Cancer Survivors' Club||Chris and Catherine Geiger|
|21 May|| Understanding the diagnosis, management and treatment of Sarcomas||Nichola Wilshaw|
|18 June||Understanding the methods to relieve and control pain||Lindsay Hall,|
Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist -
|16 July|| |
Black Minority Ethnic groups within the UK and Cancer
| 20 Aug||Prostate Problems - Healthy Eating. Surviving Prostate Cancer||Jo Crowley Community Nurse Specialist.|
| 17 Sept||Psychological Therapies in Cancer Support||Marie Chillingsworth|
| 15 Oct|| Information and support for people affected by cancer|| Edwina Dobson, |
Macmillan Cancer Information Centre
| 19 Nov||To be arranged.|
| 17 Dec|| Celebrating and sharing our personal achievements in 2013|| All Members|
You are invited to:
Watch this space for special events.........
2-4PM Wednesday 27th November 2013
No charge, No tickets
Free tea and biscuits
AN AFTERNOON OF FRIENDSHIP AND NOSTALGIA!
NOTTINGHAM CANCER PATIENTS & CARER’S SUPPORT GROUP
ANNUAL REPORT 15th JANUARY 2013
Welcome to the 26th Annual General Meeting of the Nottingham Cancer Patients & Carer’s Support Group in the A floor Classroom at the Nottingham University School of Nursing, Queens Medical Centre Nottingham.
It is pleasing for me to report that the group has completed another very successful year of monthly meetings here in the A Floor Classroom. We have been well supported by Guest Speakers from the NHS and Private Sector who are actively involved in providing specialist care to people affected by cancer. Feedback from patients and carer’s attending these meetings has been positive and gratifying. Also I am most grateful to those members who have suggested topics and speakers you would like me to invite to the group this year. You will see from our provisional programme that many of your requests have already been addressed.
The many Social Gathering we held throughout 2012 were very well supported by members also people who normally would not attend the monthly meetings of the group. It was good to see The Key Members listening, befriending and helping the people who needed to talk. We all know that Friendship is a very powerful aid to those seeking to achieve optimum health and well being along the journey toward survival and cure.
Regrettably the Boat Trip along the River Trent on 4th July had to be cancelled due to the very heavy rainfall on the days leading up to the Trip. Instead those booked on the Boat Trip came along to our home, where we held an indoor “Pic Nic” for them and nine others who had been unable to gain a place on the Boat Trip. We all had a very pleasant afternoon. A Big thank to Susan, Debbie and all who helped to make the afternoon a great success.
Marjorie and I would like to thank all the Key Members and volunteers who reliably and generously help prepare and support all the monthly meetings and the many social gatherings. Without your ongoing help and support this group could not maintain the regular high numbers of activities. We hope that you are all aware of our appreciation also of the important and valued role you all have in the ongoing and successful life of this Group.
The Nottingham University School of Nursing continue to invite Patients and Carer’s from this group to offer the “Talking Cancer” Workshops to their third year Student Nurses. We do appreciate the work of Susan, Margaret, Angela, Darren and Roni, who are regular members of the team. It takes a great deal of courage for Patients and Carer’s to reflect on what was for them a very anxious, painful and distressing time of their life in order to share this experience with our Student Nurses. But we all find it so gratifying to be involved in these workshops as our students are helped to develop more sensitive and confident communicating skills when caring for people affected by cancer.
Alison is happy to help others interested in joining this team to develop the skills they need and the team members are all very supportive to each other in the way we are at all our meetings. Alison has also arranged two more “Talking Cancer” sessions for us to engage in. They are Thursday 21st February 1pm to 3.30pm and the morning of Tuesday 26th February 9-30am to 12 noon. Please let Alison know if you are willing and available to help her.
We are all so very grateful to the Nottingham University School of Nursing who make this room available to us for our monthly meetings. Whilst we enjoy the comfort the room we are able to offer our Healthcare Professionals the use the IT equipment, which is reliable, and familiar too them, supported by Ken or Alison. Bless you both. Susan continues to prepare our refreshments and Ken provides the welcome coffees and teas. Harry usually is at the door to welcome people and record the names of folk attending each monthly meeting.
Margaret continues her very successful 50p Tombola (a Prize every time), at our Monthly Meetings and Social Gatherings too. She welcomes all the donations of unwanted Christmas or Birthday gifts and she appreciates your continued support. We thought long and hard before we introduced the Tombola but the fact is that folk enjoy this fun game as they do win a prize Every Time so no one faces disappointment and most folk find it uplifting to win. The money raised is most welcome in supporting the activities in the group.
A Big Thank You to Father Michael Taylor and Everyone who helped to make our Thanks Giving Celebration event at LambleyChurch on the afternoon of 31st October such a happy, memorable, outstanding and successful occasion. Sev Holt our regular organist at LambleyChurch played the four hymns, all were chosen by you also members of The Radciffe Sing-a-longs enhanced our enthusiastic and joyful singing during the Thanks giving Service.
Marjorie read the beautiful passage on Love from Corinthians and then a poem chosen by Harry called “Smile”. Father Michael spoke about the anxiety and distress experienced by people diagnosed with cancer also about the courage he has witnessed when supporting people. He praised the skills and dedication of those providing the treatments and caring services to patients also the advancements in the treatments of cancers all were moved when he read the Footsteps poem. I know the words of Footsteps have been a comfort to many of us during the very difficult times of our life. After the Blessing Darren’s favourite Pop Song “ Everybody Hurts” by REM was played at the end of the service and Father Michael invited everyone to stay and enjoy the food, wine and the chance to renew friendships. We have a loose-leaf book of memories collected together on the day.
Ken and I would like to thank you all for the very beautiful Floral Arrangement presented to us by Marjorie on your behalf. The Last 26years have been for us both a privilege and a joy to be accepted as part of the very special and friendly group as you have all helped to enrich our lives.
Now I need to focus on sad matters. In May Darren’s Father died and in June Darren’s Mother had surgery for cancer of the Lung. Sadly in December she died peacefully in her own home supported by Darren and all her family. Darren invited us along to her funeral at Bramcote. During the service Darren and his sister spoke, paying the most sensitive and beautiful tributes to their Mother.
At the end of the service we were invited to make a donation, which would be divided between the Nottingham Cancer Patients & Carer’s Support Group and The Nottingham Maggie’s Cancer Centre. We offered Darren and his family our sympathy at the time.
Towards the end of November I had an Email from Macmillan advising we could apply to them for a Christmas Hamper. In December we received 12 Hampers. Each Hamper had a note inside saying “With Love from Everyone at Poundland X”. We were overwhelmed by their generosity. I rang their Head Office and I wrote to the Manager Jim McCarthy who sent a beautiful reply to us all. The 12 Hampers made a beautiful Christmas gift for every member and Ken and I delivered a large Christmas Parcel to several poorly people.
Many have sign the Thank You card to express our appreciation to the Poundland Company, Staff and Customers. Thank you all for you’re continued help and support. May you have a Happy Healthy and Joyful 2013.
May God Bless you all. Yours very sincerely,
Freda Ingall Group Leader