Annual Report 2010/2011
By malcolm babb in General
Published: Tuesday, 08 March 11 - 11:14 PM (GMT)
Annual Report April 2010 – March 2011
The accounts remain in a healthy state. We gratefully acknowledge support from Macmillan this year. This has helped us in renewing our publicity material, which was necessary following our name change a year ago and the change of venue for our meetings. We have continued to increase our spending on social events organised for members, which is a priority amongst our activities. There are plans in place for our own fundraising activities during the forthcoming year.
Meetings and Membership.
We have held 11 afternoon business meetings and 11 evening social meetings, all at the Olde House, Chesterfield. 14 patient members have been active in club affairs this year, including 2 new members. 8 carers, friends and hospital staff have also joined in our activities.
A summer evening meal was held again, this time at a hostelry in Wessington. The evening was warm and sunny and we were entertained by 2 local Morris Dancing groups.
Our Christmas lunch had to be postponed because of the exceptional December weather, but the re-arranged event in February was very well-attended and was a lively and enjoyable occasion.
Other Activities and Developments
We set up a new website in October www.hnchelp.org.uk
We established strong links with the new Chesterfield Cancer Drop-in Centre.
Our members have supported the formation of a new bi-monthly support group, Heading Forward, which was set up by the Head and Neck Clinical Nurse Practitioners at the Royal Hospital. The activities of the new group and ours are complementary.
We have made available financial advice to members. The current economic situation and the changes in benefits available are causing difficulties for many.
We have held joint activities with the Kingsmill Laryngectomy Club, in Sutton-in-Ashfield.
Visits have been made to patients at home and in hospital.
We have continued to network with other health-related voluntary groups through NDVA.
In February we received an award from the Mouth Cancer Foundation, in recognition of our work in developing alternative, modern communication methods for patients.
Members of our group are also involved with:
North Trent Cancer Network:
Head and Neck Site Specific Group, Patient Partnership Group and Patient Information Network Steering Group
Chesterfield Royal Hospital Self-help Group
North Derbyshire Cancer Services User Group
National Association of Laryngectomee Clubs National Committee
National Cancer Research Institute Head and Neck Clinical Studies Group