There is a hub of information on Macmillan’s main website Coronavirus Hub of information for people living with cancer, Macmillan supporters and volunteers. Please note that Macmillan’s Support Line Service is operating Monday-Friday 9.00am-5.00pm on 0808 808 00 00
Macmillan Support Grants are available
That could be to support people living with cancer who are isolated on hospital wards or in care homes. For example to provide iPads or tablets to keep people in contact with loved ones. We are in the process of establishing whether Macmillan’s IT are able to purchase iPads direct. The iPad(s) would need to have a purpose after the immediate use.
Macmillan’s grant is also about to support community organisations and initiatives supporting people in communities where people living with cancer are affected. Community organisations are supporting people with practical support, emotional support and also NHS staff.
Decision making will be done at the utmost speed. If you have any ideas please get in contact and do pass on to other contacts in the community or health professionals.
To all our members, We are very sorry, to advise you all, that, under the circumstances, we are unable to proceed with any more public meetings for the Worcestershire Prostate Cancer Support Groups. This applies to those meetings, organised by the Kidderminster & Worcestershire Prostate Cancer Support Group and it’s “satellite”, the South Worcestershire Prostate Cancer Support Group. We have recently cancelled the meeting for Support Contacts and Buddies, on Saturday 14th March 2020 and the meeting at Pershore Civic Centre on Tuesday 17th March 2020. The meeting at Kidderminster Town Hall on Tuesday 21st April has also been cancelled. Our Speakers have kindly agreed in principle to join us at our next public meetings, and we shall be notifying our members. We hope to be in a position to send out the June Newsletter, with further news on our events, but you will appreciate that this may depend on factors outside of your control. We ask you to bear with us at this time, and are always keen to talk to you if you wish to talk to any of our committee members at any time, regarding any concerns you may have about your diagnosis with prostate cancer or ongoing problems and worries which you may have. We are also hoping to put more news and snippets of information on our website in April see: www.kwpcsg.co.uk Those of you who have Buddies and Support Contacts, please communicate with them also if you need some help and support. I would also advise you to contact Prostate Cancer UK through their website if you have any difficult questions that we cannot answer. They will be changing our information on their site to comply with the current situation. www.prostatecanceruk.org We know our motto is “You are not alone”, but, unfortunately, with a committee in the high risk age group, we are probably going to be living some time in isolation ourselves. It is imperative for the safety of our country that we all follow instructions given by the Government to safeguard ourselves, our families, friends and you, our members, at this difficult time. From your Chairmen: Paul Brothwell & Gordon Kingston
Call on: 07851 835025 Paul Brothwell: 01299 823495 Gordon Kingston: 01386 462253 Mary Symons: 01299 823166 Paul Markall: 01562 751355
Your Kidderminster and Worcestershire Prostate Cancer Support Group
have started a Mens Shed project with the aim of providing a meeting
place with the purpose of promoting; social connections, friendship, sharing
of skills, laughter, having a lot of fun.
We have held two meetings so far, the first where our own Dr Dick Herbert
gave an amazing demonstration on life saving first aid.
We had a talk on Financial Matters with particular consideration for men of
Then there was a talk about the the KWPCSG web site linked with
photography and production of simple home videos with a pocket camera.
Then for our last get together in February our own member Luciano gave a
very impressive cooking demonstration. The Tuna based Paste dish with
spaghetti was cooked with consumate skill and the result was absolutely
There are plans for;
A gardening project together with the Leapgate Activity Centre in
Fun outings to the Ludlow Brewery.
Pottery Demonstrations with Karen from the Museum in Bewdley.
Check on our web site www.kwpcsg.co.uk for the latest information.
Watch this space!!
On Sunday 16th December at 07.55 repeated on Thursday 20th December at 15.27 you can listen to Stephen Fry and Martin Dallison making an appeal and asking for more research into Advanced Prostate Cancer. This is being organised by the Prostate Cancer Research Centre with whom we will be working more closely moving forward.
This invitation to listen to the appeal was instigated by Roger Wotton,Chaiman, Tackleprostatecancer
Click on the following link to read all about the Radio 4 Programme
Kidderminster and Worcestershire Prostate Cancer Support Group, Autumn Open Meeting
Once again the quarterly meeting was very well attended by both members and guests, with over 100 attending. We were privildged to hear a most inspiring presentation on recent developments for Prostate Cancer and Recurring Prostate Cancer given by Prashant Patel from the QE in Birmingham. He gave an insight into the most recent treatments and the trend for longer life expectancy post Prostate Cancer
For the future and earlier diagnosis,the QE are introducing the concept of a Mens Van which may well be attending an area near you in the not too distant future. The chart shown gives a projection of trends for improvements in life expectancy for those of us with PC
Dr Patel also explained that The QE is a leader in treatment for Prostate Cancer. For the Quality of Patient Care, for the Novel Researches undertaken, the Pioneering Trials completed, for all these aspects the QE is known as a World Leader.
Looking to the very near future Dr Patel introduced the Man Van Project , brain child of the Q.E and funded initially by the QEHD charity. The Man Van will be out and about in the community soon. It will enable Men to seek advice on Mens Health and Prostate Issues. It will enable Men to seek advice in a freindly and less daunting environment where access will be normal and easy.
We hope to enable a download of Dr Patels full presentation in our download section in the next few days.
Prashant Patel qualified in 1993 from India and then trained to qualify as a General Surgeon with special interest in pelvic surgery. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Birmingham whilst training as a Urologist. His research explored gene and immunotherapy for prostate cancer.
Then, Paul Merkall introduced the formation of a Mens Shed as a community based project for Worcestershire Men.The Shed will welcome members on a regular basis for the purpose of communication, social well being and learning some new skills. Please check our next blog for more information . The first meeting will be on the 20 th November where our ideas will be formulated and transmitted to members straight away.
There was a presentation of a cheque for £ 500.00 raised for our cause by Penny Aldred on behalf of her father who suffered from PC. An incredible fund raising effort for our cause was made by Tracy Aldred, Land Lady of Bellbroughton WMC. Her father has sufferred from Prostate Cancer, over a short period of time she rented the WMC in Bellbroughton and organised many events including; A Raffle, A Casino Eve,Tombola and even a Peaky Blinder Night. This was a truly remarkable effort and a cheque was duly presented to Paul Brothwell from Janice Boswell on Tracey’s behalf. Many thanks again to Tracy on an astonishing effort.
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