December 2014

It was great to see so many members including nurses Claire and Vanessa at the Christmas party. Val recounted the Groups presentation of a cheque for £1000.00 to the City Hospital Radiotherapy department. Members were shown around the new Gating machine, which had cost one and a half million pounds and was housed in a metre thick bunker.  The machine wraps around the patient and Val thought it would be quite intimidating to go into.  Sadly the hoped for publicity did not materialise despite the Communications team sending out photos and a press release to the local media. Denise thanked Val, Margaret, Pat and June who went as our representatives.

June highly recommended our proposed social event. a trip to the Key Theatre Studio to see ‘The mystery of St Finnigans Elbow’.  We decided on the evening of Thursday 29th January. We need to book tickets by 8th January to make sure we can all get in, as the Key studio venue has a limited number of seats. Tickets are £12.00 or £10.50 for over 60’s. If you want to book a place please contact Val on: 01733 267005, Denise 01733 341491 or email

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Denise reported that Sue Shaw who runs ‘Casting for Recovery’ a registered charity which supports women who have or have had breast cancer will be coming to our April meeting. It provides an innovative outdoor programme, the first of its kind in this country, which combines fly-fishing, counselling and education to promote mental and physical healing within a rural background.

We have also been contacted by Justine Thompson, Patient and Public Participation Lead for the Strategic Clinical Network and Senate (East of England) about a Macmillan research project questionnaire. It just involves a brief telephone survey information below.

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