South Worcestershire Prostate Cancer Support Group Report

Gordon Kingston – Chair.

Geographical Area: Based on postcodes Southwards from Worcester, but all members can attend meetings and events at Kidderminster, Pershore – or both.

Aims & Objectives: As Kidderminster & Worcs PCSG – full individual members of the Charity; We have assisted the main KWPCSG in reviewing our strategic Aims, Objectives, and Purposes.

Small Committee of 6: Gordon Kingston Chair; Peter Corbishley Sec; Stephen Branchett Treasurer: John Barrett, Peter Spencer & Sarah Lewis. Many others help in a normal year with events & meetings. Committee members contribute regularly to articles in the “Supporter” magazine. After one committee meeting at the end of January, it has only been possible to maintain contact via email and telephone.

Public Meetings: Regrettably all public meetings had to be cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Unfortunately this included a meeting planned to spread PCa awareness across the south of the county in April. We have encouraged S.Worcs members to participate in all “Zoom” meetings.

Future Direction – We have maintained our efforts to work in partnership with other individuals and organisations and develop membership. The Mayor of Pershore continued to raise funds for our local Prostate Cancer Support Group until Lock-down. Efforts were made to identify suitable projects that might be supported with these funds and as 2020 drew to a close it appeared that a promising development in Pershore may be on the horizon.

Lockdown Activities. We have endeavoured to provide support to Mary Symons and attend the main committee meetings during what has been an extremely difficult year. We have initiated reviews of publicity material, and attended Zoom meetings throughout the year. A Draft of the revised “Flyer” has been prepared for consultation with the wider membership.
Our Secretary Peter Corbishley undertook a Review of the purposes and activities of half a dozen other Regional Prostate Cancer Support Groups resulting in articles and presentations to the committee and members. This has subsequently led to a survey of “Supporter” magazine readers and their preferences.

We would as ever, wish to pay tribute to the Kidderminster Group and members of the committee, for their help and encouragement over the past few years. In particular we add our own tributes to the enormous work done to develop the KWPCSG over many years by the Chairman Reverend Paul Brothwell who tragically died in the autumn. He will be greatly missed by all in the South Worcestershire Group where he had visited our meetings on a regular basis right from its inception.

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