Monday 12th February 2024, Scalp Coolers are appreciated.

We have today received a letter from Caroline Gilleece, Matron of oncology/haematology and a trustee of this charity, thanking us for the donation of Scalp Coolers. These were brought into service in January and and have been much appreciated by patients undergoing chemotherapy at the unit. Here are some comments:

My first session today so fingers crossed! I’m most grateful to have had the opportunity to try this equipment.

Scalp cooling has been an absolute godsend! As a young woman the thought of hair loss is one of the worst parts of having chemotherapy. Scalp cooling gives me the chance to minimise hair loss as much as possible. I’m four weeks into treatment and although I’ve got some shedding happening, people have commented on how well my hair is doing. I’m so grateful to be able to have the scalp cooling.

It’s great that I’ve been able to choose to have scalp cooling during my treatment. It’s given me peace of mind that I hopefully won’t loose all my hair and my regrowth has been protected by scalp cooling.

I was grateful to be offered the chance to try scalp cooling which helped me keep most of my hair during chemotherapy. i found I could endure the freezing head and was relieved not to loose my hair as a side effect of treatment.

Thank you so much for the scalp cooling as it has helped me not to loose my hair which is very important to me.

Thursday 1st February 2024, Frome Lions Club Charity Dinner

This black tie charity dinner organised by Frome Lions on behalf of BCUSG at Elmhay Park in Orchardleigh had 184 attendees including nine representing the charity. The guest speaker was Steve Backley.

Over £11,000 was raised on the night through auctions, heads’n’tails and donations.

This figure will be doubled through match funding by the Richard Oatley Foundation to around £22,500.

Birthday Fundraiser

A cheque for £420 was received from Malcolm Clift which was raised through his birthday fundraiser. Thank you Malcolm for your continue support for BCUSG

Friday 19th January 2024, Trowbridge Branch Annual Meal

Trowbridge Branch Annual Meal was held on Friday 19th January . Sixty  volunteers and supporters attended, and an interesting talk was kindly given by a metal detectorist from The Rodney Cook Memorial Team of Westbury, which has raised thousands for cancer treatment. Many thanks to The Farmhouse Southwick for hosting the event

December 2023 - January 2024, Pop Up shop in The Shires, Trowbridge

The Shires kindly hosted BCUSG to hold a pop -up charity shop from 13th December 23 through to 19th January 24. Total raised through the doors came to £9,128.45 which with  Gift Aid should bring the total to over £9,243.00. Many thanks to our customers and support from The Shires team

December 2023 - Christmas Tree Festivals

BCUSG attended Christmas Tree festivals at St James Church Trowbridge and Holy Trinity Church Bradford on Avon. A super opportunity to promote the charity and for visitors to leave messages and tributes to friends and loved ones.

 

                                                                                                                         St James Trowbridge

                                                               Holy Trinity, Bradford on Avon

Thursday 7th December 2023, Bucket Collection – The Shires Trowbridge

An enjoyable Christmas collection of £279.49 alongside The Men’s Shed Charity who are supporting BCUSG in 2023 ( total raised for year to be advised soon) and Glenn selling carved wooden birds, raising £350.50. Thank you to all for help and support

Wednesday 29th November 2023, Frome Christmas Fatstock Show

BCUSG were in attendance at the 123rd Frome Christmas Fatstock Show spreading the word about our activities. A bucket collection raised £127.03 and one Euro!

Saturday 25th November 2023, Glass sales at Trowbridge Rugby Club

On Saturday 25th November Andrea and Kim, from Trowbridge Branch of BCUSG spent the day selling hand painted glass which has been kindly donated by one of their supporters. The Christmas event, organised by Trowbridge Rugby Club, raised £97.00. Thank you to Trowbridge Rugby Club for allowing us to be there, and to everyone who came along and supported us.

Quiz nights at Valeroso Lounge

Valeroso Lounge has supported BCUSG in 2023 with several fundraising  quiz  nights, raising  a total of  £362.23 for the charity . Thank you to Valeroso management, staff and customers

Friday 17th November 2023, Quiz Night at Wesley Road Club

The quiz night raised £621. An enjoyable evening with 15 teams taking  part  Thank you to Wesley Road Club for hosting the event and a thank you to Dave Quiz Master for  his hard work in preparing the questions

Saturday 4th November 2023 - Bucket collection at The Shires in Trowbridge

The collection held  4th November raised  £320.61 Thanks to the management and Staff of The Shires Trowbridge for hosting the charity  and customers for their kind donations

 

Saturday 21st October 2023 - Craft Sales and Bucket collection in the Shires Trowbridge

Successful day for Craft sales at The Shires Trowbridge  –  Hand Craft wooden bird gifts  raised £257

 

Bucket collection in The Shires Trowbridge on Saturday 21st October 23 raised £480.24 . Many thanks to The Shires Management and customer

Sunday 15th October 2023 - Bath Half Marathon

Bath Half 2023 race day was on the 15th October and our ten BCUSG runners did a fantastic job in both completing the race and in raising a stunning sponsorship income of £10,281 for the charity.
BCUSG had a stand in the runners village in support of our runners and it was great to be able to meet them both before & after the race and to hear of their experience of running in an event with around 10,000 runners and an estimated 20,000 spectators lining the route around the iconic course.
Next year’s race has been brought forward to the 17th March 2024 and if you or someone that you know is up for running it and gathering sponsorship for BCUSG to help us in making a real difference for local cancer patients, please e-mail fundraising@bcusg.org for details and an application form.

Wednesday 11th October 2023, Charity Choir evening – The Steeples Rock Choir at The Boathouse Bradford On Avon

Despite the wet weather, the night was a massive success with Trowbridge branch raising £1,076.59.
Entertainment was provided by the amazing voices of the Steeple Rocks Choir. 
The Boathouse was packed and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, with lots of tapping feet and singing along. 
A big thank you to all those who braved the weather to support us, to the choir who sang so wonderfully, to those who were working and helping to make the night such a success. 
We would also like to say a massive thank you to all the companies and people who provided lovely raffle prizes (see photo for individual names).

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October - Collections at Frome Sainsbury's

These collections brought in a total of £707.46. Our thanks to Sainsbury’s our loyal volunteer collectors, and Sainsbury’s generous customers.

6th October - Shepton Mallet Tesco

The charity bookshelves in Shepton Mallet Tesco for the past 2 months have raised £520.

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September, store collection at Lakeside Garden Centre, Crockerton

Frome branch raised £252.28 at this event.

Friday 15th September 2023, Bingo at Wesley Road Club

Despite it being a fairly quiet night, the bingo raised £468:62

 

Saturday 9th September 2023, Frome Group at Frome Cheese Show

£84.94 was raised by Frome branch at this event.

Saturday 2nd September 2023, Corsley Ceilidh

On a balmy evening in September a traditional ceilidh was held in the Corsley show field. Over 125 people attended and enjoyed the live music supplied by the White Horse Band.

The caller was great fun (and very patient) as he guided us through the dance steps. The night was filled with lots of laughter and it was wonderful seeing all the generations dancing together, with strangers becoming friends.

The event was organised by Lisa Tolson (Radiotherapy Service Manager, RUH) and Christine De Groot, but wouldn’t have been possible without the huge support of our friends and family who manned the bar, built the stage and most importantly came and supported our fundraising.

We’re delighted that we have been able to donate £2738.03 to BCUSG.

Saturday 2nd September 2023, Asda Frome Bucket Collection

At Frome ASDA a bucket collection was held on 2nd September . A total of £693.13 was raised .

Many thanks to ASDA Frome, their generous customers and our volunteers.

Southwick WI fundraising on Wednesday 16th August

Southwick WI held a Ladies Lunch and bring and buy sale  on Wednesday 16th August  at Southwick Village Hall . A most enjoyable few hours.  £465 was raised for the charity .

Thank you to the WI ladies for all the hard work put into this event to make it so successful

Frome group bucket collection on 12th and 13th August 2023

A total of £881.69 was raised at Sainsbury’s. Our thanks to our volunteers and all the generous shoppers.

Saturday 5th August 2023, Shires Trowbridge Bucket collection

Volunteers collected over £300 on the day.

July 23

QUIZ NIGHT AT VALEROSO LOUNGE

Trowbridge Branch supporters held a Quiz Night at the Valeroso Lounge at St Stephen’s Place in Trowbridge.

Half the entry fee came to BCUSG.

The ‘Loungers’ have now raised over £200.

July 15

TABLE TOP SALE

Kim and Sue from the Trowbridge Committee sold hand painted glass, kindly donated by one of their supporters at the Bradford on Avon Lions craft fair on the 15 July 2023 held at Holy Trinity Church, Trowbridge. They raised a total of £122.50 at this wonderful community event of crafts, choirs, cakes and coffee.

June 30

GOLF DAY

A Golf Day held on the 30 June raised the magnificent sum of just over £6731. Despite the weather trying to dampen spirits all the participants seemed to enjoy themselves. Congratulations to the winning team – The Stokers.

A massive thank you to all the teams who return each year to make the event such a success and also to all the companies providing sponsorship.

Photo: Geoff Parselle

June 24

HILPERTON COFFEE MORNING

A Coffee Morning was held at Hilperton Village Hall, Trowbridge on the 24 June. Our thanks to the WI for their hard work at this event which included a Bring and Buy Stall, Lucky 50ps, Cake Stall and Raffle. Thanks to the generous support £300 was raised.

June 17/18

FROME GROUP STORE COLLECTION

Frome Group held a store collection at Sainsburys, Frome on the 17 & 18 June, collecting a magnificent sum of £796.65. The Store have very kindly agreed other collections on the 12 & 13 August and 7 & 8 October.

Store collections will also be held at the Lakeside Garden Centre, Crockerton on the 22 & 23 July and 16 & 17 September.

Thanks are given to both stores for their help with our fund raising activities and offers of help at any of the above collections would be gratefully received.

A pitch has also been booked for the Frome Show on 9 September.

See the Forthcoming Events page for details of the Ceilidh being run by supporters at the Corsley Show on the 2 September.

May 24

DONORS & SUPPORTERS EVENING

After 4 years of Covid Cancellations, the Charity was able again to hold an evening in May to thank many donors, supporters and fund raisers. It was good to get together to celebrate the achievements of so many supporters.

Certificates were presented to recipients by the Mayor of Bath, Councillor Rob Appleyard.

Two doctors, from the RUH, thanked the charity for recent donations of equipment and told us of the successes with each. Another medical speaker outlined the major gains which will be achieved when the current appeal for Surface Guided Radiotherapy Equipment is concluded which should be very soon. Matron Caroline Gilleece from the Cancer Ward, explained our next project to purchase 8 scalp coolers to reduce hair loss for patients during chemotherapy.

                                                                       Photos by Geoff Parselle

Apr 26

MEN'S SHED, TROWBRIDGE

Members of the Trowbridge Mens Shed have made Christmas decorations, Christmas reindeers, bird boxes and hedgehog boxes for sale at the Weavers Market. The sum of £837 was given to Sue Oliver, the Chair of BCUSG Trowbridge Committee by Chairman, Dennis Drewett and members Richard Griffiths and Pat Johnson.
                                              Photo by Trevor Porter

Apr 21

TROWBRIDGE QUIZ NIGHT

The 5th BCUSG quiz was held at Wesley Road Social Club, Trowbridge with Dave Birch as question setter and quiz master. The event hosted over 100 people forming a total of 23 teams and a raffle run during the evening was well supported.

The winning team was “Musks Martians” who picked up the coveted quiz trophy, closely followed by “Daniel In The Lions Den” and “Sextet” in joint second position. Overall the evening was greatly enjoyed and raised £1008 was raised. All the winning and runner-up teams declined the cash prizes which was a very generous gesture.

Thanks to all who helped make the event such a success and we look forward to the next quiz, planned for the autumn/winter.

Mar

23

Bucket collection in Frome

Asda Frome Bucket Collection held over the weekend of 25th and 26th March raised £1054.51. The collection was supported by volunteers from both Trowbridge and Frome. A huge ‘Thank You’ to Asda Frome, for allowing us to hold this event in their store.

Mar

23

Frome branch raises £3,600

Frome branch raised £1,100 through an Opus 111 Concert, and a further £2,500 donation from Frome Selwood Rotary.

Feb 23

 

Bucket Collection Castle Place Shopping centre Trowbridge

 

 

 

 

The first bucket collection for Trowbridge this year was held in Castle Place, Trowbridge on Saturday 25th February, and brought in £174.15. Thanks to Castle Place Shopping Centre management, and shoppers.

Feb 23

Mini music festival at Komedia

On the 10/02/23 Komedia (the comedy club located in what was formally the Beau Nash cinema in Westgate Street, Bath), in conjunction with Bath Spa University, held a mini music festival event from 5.45 pm to 10.00 pm featuring five of the best local bands across two stages. Tickets were available via their online ticket portal ‘free with the option to pay-what-you want in aid of Bath Cancer Unit Support Group’.

Tickets sales amounted to £923, and bucket collections £293.36. And a good night out for all concerned, including the bucket shakers!

Dec 22

CONGRATULATIONS - Pop up shop breaks target

Volunteers at the BCUSG pop up cancer shop announced they beat their target raising £19,734 in the run up to Christmas and New Year. Treasurer Kim Single Bloom with the team celebrate at Castle Place precinct as they close down the shop after announcing the final figure for the Bath Cancer Support Unit Group.

Mike Taylor (Chair of the BCUSG) gave thanks to Sue Oliver (Chair of Trowbridge Branch), all the helpers and volunteers; thanks also to Donna and Castle Place Shopping Centre. Finally thanks to all the donors of the goods sold and our customers who purchased goods for making this a spectacular year with all monies going to the Cancer Unit of the RUH in Bath. Photo courtesy of Trevor Porter

Nov 22

Donation of £3000 by Hawksmoor Investment Management

The Trustees were delighted to receive a donation from Hawksmoor who have very kindly offered to support some fundraising events by the Charity in 2023. We are very much looking forward to working with Ian, Rob and Dean in 2023. More information about future events to be released in the New Year.

Nov 22

CHARITY ART AUCTION RAISES £2600

Marylin Munroe paintingCouncillor Graham Hill, the Mayor of Trowbridge opened the Art Auction, held at the Court Street Gallery to whom thanks are due for providing an exhibition and auction space. Thanks also go to the 36 talented local artists who donated 50 pieces of work to be auctioned. 42 pieces were sold with only 8 not reaching the reserve price, although buyers are currently being sought.

The evening was a great success with a relaxed atmosphere. Wine flowed thanks to generous donations by Andrew Brownsword and Tescos. Thanks also to St Brendan’s College in Bristol who provided both the posters and the auction catalogue.

Jen Hamblin and Mary Brading headed up the organisation for this wonderful event and the auctioneer did a great job keeping order as the live auction got underway.

The final piece to be sold was a painting of Marilyn Monroe by a local Trowbridge student who was the inspiration behind the event.

Oct 22

Bath Half 2022 - Runners Raise £5706

The 40th Anniversary Bath Half Marathon took place on the 16 October 2022 with over 7000 runners taking part. Spectators lined almost all the route and included several bands, parties taking place outside pubs and open topped buses with cheering parties. Runners wore technology that identified their times and race positions.

Six runners ran the race for BCUSG and raised sponsorship for the charity totalling a fantastic £5,706.

BCUSG would like to thank all our runners for their support and hard work in both running the race, raising sponsorship and taking the time to visit our stand in the Runners’ Village.

Next year’s race is on the 15 October 2023 and BUCSG has a limited number of secured runners’ places available to book now. If you or someone you know is up for the challenge in participating in this major event in the running calendar and would like to help us in making a real difference for local cancer patients, please e-mail Alan Webb on fundraising@bcusg.org for details and an application form.

The leading sponsorship raisers for BCUSG were Martin Hender, Ian McPherson and Helen Essery.

Martin Hender who raised £3,552

Ian McPherson who raised £1,466 shown here with Rebecca Nottingham

Helen Essery who raised £624 seen here with Mike & Alan in the Runners’ Village (photo courtesy of Richard Clarke Photos)

Sep 22

Corsley Ceilidh

Many thanks to the organisers of the Ceilidh which was held on the 3 September and raised £4836.16.

Another event is planned for next year. Check our Forthcoming Events page later for further details.

May 22

Rotary Club of Bradford on Avon Golf Day

BCUSG is very grateful to members of the Rotary Club of Bradford on Avon who made the charity the sole beneficiary of the Golf Day held at Cumberwell Park Golf Club on 19 May.

This event had been postponed twice for Covid but was held on a sunny day with little wind. Ideal for golf!

The event, which included a Raffle and Auction, enabled a donation of £6550. Presentation of the cheque was made at the end of the prize giving.

An event of this type requires a lot of hard work from the Rotary Club members and the staff at Cumberwell. Many thanks to them all.

BCUSG itself entered a team which played well but unfortunately did not win any of the prizes.

Rotarian David Gray, Mike Taylor (Chair of BCUSG Trustees), Rotary President Chris Foggett and BCUSG Trowbridge Branch Committee member Ian Grant.

 

 

 

BCUSG Team comprising Mike Taylor, Ian Gray, Ian Grant and Peter Dunn

Apr 22

Mad March Mile Presentation

Sean and Gretchen, the organisers of the Mad March Mile attended a presentation at Southwick Country Park on the 23 April. Sean gave a short speech and Mike, the BCUSG Chair thanked all the participants as well as the wonderful organisers and outlined the current fundraising project. An amazing sum of £3000 had been raised during the event which included a donation by the photographer, Martin Pearce. Mike, Sue, Alan and Jude helped to distribute named mugs to the participants and three further mugs were sold raising another £30.

Mar 22

Mad March Mile Raises £2,729 for Bath Cancer Unit Support Group

Mad March Mile Raises £2,729 for Bath Cancer Unit Support Group (BCUSG)

BCUSG was delighted to be selected as the beneficiary charity for the Mad March Mile 2022 fundraising event.

The Mad March Mile is an informal social media group of runners and cyclists headed up by Sean Price and his sister Gretchen Tucker who organise this fundraising event on an annual basis. People signing up for the 2022 Mad March Mile could choose to run or walk a mile each day, or even cycle or swim as long as it took a similar amount of time as running a mile (about 15-20 mins).

BCUSG Fundraising Lead Alan Webb said “we’d like to say a huge thank you to Sean, Gretchen and all the participants in the Mad March Mile for their efforts and generosity in raising such a fabulous sum for Bath Cancer Unit Support Group helping us to make a real difference for local cancer patients”.

Nov 21

Launch of appeal for two Advanced Radiotherapy Positioning Units at the RUH

See Current Projects page for details of the units which will transform cancer treatment for patients at the RUH.

Lisa Tolson, Radiotherapy Service Manager at the RUH stated “The prospect of having this new technology in our department is really exciting. We’re so thankful to the Bath Cancer Unit Support Group for making it the focus of their new fundraising campaign.

“Every year the number of cancer patients needing treatment at the RUH is increasing, so we are always looking at efficiencies while maintaining the very highest standards of healthcare so that patients have the best possible outcomes. This is exactly what surface guided radiotherapy technology provides.

“It will give reassurance that patients are receiving the right doses of radiation in exactly the right place, thereby ensuring their safety at all times. So please support the fundraising campaign and help ensure that patients at the RUH can benefit from this ground-breaking technology.”

BCUSG Vice-Chair Sue Oliver has personal experience of radiotherapy treatment that leaves permanent marks. “For a woman who has had breast cancer, it’s a reminder every time I look in the mirror of the disease, my treatment and my fight against it,” said Sue.

“So, when we were asked to fund the two SGRT systems for the RUH, I supported it one hundred percent, not only because other patients won’t have to live with permanent markers, but also because the technology will allow healthcare professionals to position patients more accurately and target treatment more effectively.”

 

Nov 21

5,000 Patient to be scanned on PETCT scanner

Martyn Evans, Consultant Medical Physicist has estimated that in the 3rd week of November the 5,000th patient will be scanned on the PETCT scanner.

He says “5,000 patients seen locally due to the fantastic work and generosity of BCUSG.

“On behalf of all those patients and our team, THANK YOU!”

Sep 21

Bath cyclist completes epic two-day ride for cancer unit charity

Energetic cyclist Mat Belgrove has completed a gruelling 200-mile bike ride from Bath to Brighton in aid of the Bath Cancer Unit Support Group (BCUSG).

The father of two from Combe Down has raised £1,051 (what’s final total?) so far and the money will be split equally between the charity, which funds vital medical equipment for the Royal United Hospital’s cancer unit, and the MS Society.

Mat was waved off on his epic ride at the RUH by his children, Lily (11) and Harry (8), who were joined by supporters of the BCUSG. He then cycled to Brighton via Marlborough and Henley on Thames, with an overnight stay in Windsor. Mat set off the following morning at 6am and cycled to London’s Clapham Common to meet friends who joined him for the final leg down to the south coast.

Mat said: “About six months ago, I convinced four friends – who only had one suitable bike between them – to complete the London to Brighton bike ride with me. I thought it would be a nice way to catch up and raise some money for charity.

“Cancer has impacted our family, with my father-in-law and his wife both having had successful treatment in Bath. Previously my grandpa died of cancer despite receiving the best care from the RUH. My auntie also passed away having battled ovarian cancer.

“And a close friend’s dad suffers from multiple sclerosis, so we all decided to raise funds for the MS Society on the London to Brighton leg of the ride.”

Mat Belgrove is waved off on his epic ride by BCUSG supporter Peter Duke, the Charity’s Head of Fundraising Alan Webb and its Chair, Mike Taylor.

 

 

Mat added: “I ride regularly and have done a number of 100-mile journeys, so I’m familiar with the training needed for this distance, but I’ve not attempted to do them back-to-back before. Despite having a slightly sore bottom, it was great feeling of achievement to finish the ride and support two such great causes.”

BCUSG chairman Mike Taylor said: “We’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Mat for his Herculean efforts in the saddle. He really did pull out all the stops to help us improve outcomes for cancer patients at the RUH.”

May 21

Quiet Room completed

The new quiet room is providing a much valued space:

  • to support family meetings away from the wards
  • for one to one support meetings with clinical staff from across the trust
  • to support virtual training sessions, both for staff within the hospital and for staff across our local area
  • to support virtual meetings to plan and enable coordinated palliative and end of life care across our hospital, but also with partner organisations

The new storage facility within the quiet room also provides a dedicated and dignified space for the resources used to support compassionate patient care across the hospital, including Memory Boxes, Wedding Boxes, Butterfly Comfort Bags and Butterfly Bereavement Bags.

May 20

Tireless charity fundraiser steps down

The face of the Bath Cancer Unit Support Group in West Wiltshire has retired as Chairman of its Trowbridge branch after several decades with the charity.

Tino Polledri steps down after 33 years on the local committee during which time the small branch has raised more than £600,000 for the cancer unit at Bath’s Royal United Hospital. Tino, who was branch chairman for 30 years, has also retired as a trustee of the main charity where he was vice chair for many years.

Mike Taylor, chairman of the BCUSG’s trustees said: “We all owe a huge debt to Tino who has been inspirational and hard working for all of those years. The substantial sums which he has helped to raise have made huge differences to many of those who have received cancer treatment at the RUH during the last few decades.”

Tino is not retiring completely, however, and says he will continue to help whenever needed at BCUSG fundraising events.

Jun 18

John Carter receives MBE

In 1985 John Carter helped with the establishment of BCUSG becoming its Vice-Chair for 13 years and in 1998 was appointed Chair and Honorary Chief Executive, only retiring in 2017.

John is shown here receiving the MBE which was awarded in the Birthday Honours List in June 2018.

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