The Queens Award for Voluntary Service to the community was awarded
to the Kidderminster and Worcestershire Prostate Cancer Support Group at
the Town Hall in Kidderminster on Monday evening September 4th, 2017.
The award was presented to our chairman Paul Brothwell by the Vice Lord –
Lieutenant of Worcestershire, the Hon. Lady Morrison.
In her speech Lady Morrison acclaimed the group for the work they have
done in supporting men and their families affected by Prostate Cancer, in
particular she mentioned the work of our Buddies who offer direct support to
newly diagnosed men with PC, and the facilitation, for many years, of PSA
testing at the Town Hall for the Men of Worcestershire.
Concluding Lady Morrison said that the award was incredibly difficult to win,
but won deservedly so by our group, she said the award was an equivalent
to gaining an individual MBE.
Adel Makar, our President and Consultant Urologist for Worcestershire
Accute Hospitals, paid tribute to the work that the group have done. He said
that treatment for Prostate Cancer in Worcestershire had improved
dramatically over the past ten years and that the National Prostate Cancer
Audit showed the rating of satisfaction amongst men having had treatment
for PC in Worcestershire was one of the highest in the UK.
Mr Makar again commended the Support Group and said that he and his
team had been empowered and inspired through the work of the group to
bring about the centre of excellence that we now have in Worcestershire for
the treatment of Prostate Cancer.
The Queens Award for Voluntary Service has been awarded to
the Kidderminster and Worcestershire Prostate Cancer Support Group. Paul Brothwell and Mary Symons attended the Queens Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on the 23rd of May. Both were introduced to and shook hands with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. The award is in recognition of all the work done over the past 17 years working with men and their families after diagnosis with Prostate Cancer. The group has worked tirelessly for many years and have pushed the boundaries in providing the best possible support for Men in Worcestershire and this award is a testament to that.
Matt Jackson and Terry Tromans gave a talk on how their support group have set up a voluntary working garden where men can offer their gardening skills and meet others where they can talk and share their experiences. Interestingly the Shed will be open for visitors at an event on the 8th July. More details will be provided soon.
Sue Boyes is the Support Group Development Officer for Prostate Cancer UK.
Sue gave her talk on the role that Prostate Cancer UK provides for support
groups around the country
“My role is to support the national development of new groups and to continue
our relationships with existing groups. Our priorities for 2017/18 will be to work in
geographical areas that we know to have limited or no support for men diagnosed
with prostate cancer. In conjunction with Health Professionals, survivors and other
care support services we aim to establish sustainable groups. Our second priority
is to develop online support group settings for men who may not be wish to attend
face to face groups. In particular we are looking to support gay, bisexual and men
who have sex with other men. Finally we will then be working on a programme to
support men who are on Active Surveillance, as we recognise that the concerns
and issues they face can be different to men who have already been through a
treatment plan. Of course, alongside all of this work we will be out and about
visiting our Partner and Affiliated groups. With the hope to encourage as many of
the groups as possible to participate in our research and service delivery work.”
Nicola Langford from Worcs Acute Hospital trust,receiving a cheque for £ 5000.00. in aid
of the Rory the Robot fund. The money was raised through the Support Groups own fund
raising efforts spearheaded by Brian Wilkes and Paul Markall.
Nicky Langford’s role with Worcestershire Acute Hospital Trust is to raise funds for the Rory
appeal. She has been given the task of raising a further million pounds over the next two years
to support the project ! Not an easy objective. Nicola was able to meet members of our group
during the evening who have contributed to the fund so far. She was invited to the meeting to
accept our cheque for £5000 on behalf of the fund.
We wish her well with her million pound fund raising project
Our Chairman Paul Brothwell receiving a cheque for £500.00 generously donated by the Old Carolians Lodge and presented
by Mike Langdon and Mike Insull from the Lodge.
The educational evening was a great success with the hall full.
The guests were privileged to hear Dr Jonathon Rees’s presentation on the
GP’s role in PSA testing and their role in supporting men diagnosed with
Prostate Cancer. Jonathon is a GP in the Bristol Area and is also the
Clinical Advisor to Tackle, the Prostate Cancer charity.
We have placed Jonathon”s presentation on the Download Section of
our new web site, please click on Download and read the fascinating
Jonathon is a GP partner at a large practice in N. Somerset, he has
a specialist interest in Urology and is Founder and Chair of the
Primary Care Urology Society.
He is the Clinical Advisor to Tackle Prostate Cancer ( Prostate
Cancer Support Federation )
The talk at our educational evening summarised the very varied
roles of GP’s in their support and advice to Men pre or after
prostate cancer diagnosis
With regard to patients aspirational needs for advice and care from
their GP’s and specialists, Jonathon presented “The gold standard
prostate cancer journey” a patient perspective and aspirational
There were nine (9) major points, one is selected here, you can go
onto the blog and read them all, it is well worth it.
Men with prostate cancer have the opportunity to talk through
all available treatment options and are provided with
comprehensive information on the risks and benefits by
members of their multi disciplinary team (MDT ) in order to
make an informed decision.
As Men with Prostate Cancer and as a Support Group we are very
fortunate to have Jonathon working tirelessly to meet our
aspirations, pre diagnosis, through treatment and then again on the
long recovery road.