Chairman’s comments March 2013

Posted on Mar 23, 2013

Dear Supporter

Welcome to the 50th edition of this charity’s newsletter.

The first was published in August 1986 and thanks to your commitment no less than £3.6m has been raised during the intervening years to improve facilities for cancer patients attending the Royal United Hospital. Truly a fantastic achievement!

Fundraising total five thousand poundsNews of the Positron scanner appeal

I am delighted to report that the Charter Trustees of The City of Bath have accepted an invitation for The Mayor of Bath to be a Patron of the appeal throughout its duration. More information about this exciting appointment can been found on page 4.

As this edition goes to press I have been advised by Hon Treasurer Mike that the appeal has topped £500,000. £700,000 is now required to complete the funding of this most important scanner which will transform the treatment of cancer at the RUH. For more information about the appeal and the scanner please visit

Retirement of Brenda Windsor

On the back page of the first newsletter was a picture of Brenda Windsor receiving a cheque on behalf of the charity from the most senior entrant in the Corsham Fun Run. Not only was Brenda involved in the original 1970’s appeal to fund the purchase of the RUH’s first linear accelerator but she has been involved with BCUSG throughout its existence. First as a Trustee and for more years than Brenda cares to remember, as the organiser of the day patient’s tea and coffee service which has over the years raised tens of thousands of pounds for the charity.

Brenda worked at the RUH for many years and was affectionately known as the “blood lady”.

After thirty five years of involvement with the initial appeal and then BCUSG Brenda has indicated that she is looking to retire whenever a replacement can be found. On behalf of all involved with BCUSG I extend grateful thanks for Brenda’s wonderful contribution and I extend to her and her husband Keith every good wish for the future.

Brenda’s has certainly been a job very well done.

Jane’s 21st edition of Supportline

Special thanks go to the editor of this charity’s newsletter, Supportline. For the past twelve years Jane Margetts has produced what is regarded as a quality newsletter which keeps supporters regularly briefed on the charity’s activities. Jane, like all who are involved with the charity is a volunteer, consequently a high proportion of what the charity raises each year can be spent on improving facilities.

Why The RUH needs a Positron scanner

A few weeks ago I was telephoned by a supporter of BCUSG, Roland Squance. Roland had first been diagnosed with cancer eighteen years ago and has been a long time patient of Dr Gareth Rees. Five years ago Roland’s consultant was concerned that all might not be well and recommended a PET-CT scan, the nearest being located in Cheltenham. The scan identified another cancer which was promptly dealt with. Eighteen months ago exactly the same happened again. Roland is adamant that the reason he is still alive is down to the wonderful care which he has received from his medical team and to the fact that he was able to have PET-CT scans.

Roland has committed himself to raising more money for the Positron scanner appeal.

Death of a former Hon Treasurer of Box Branch

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the son of David Gale to advise that his father had died. David had for many years been the Treasurer of the Box Branch of BCUSG.

Visit to Radstock Mining Museum

This edition contains as usual a number of very interesting reports about those who raise funds for the charity. Back in November I visited The Radstock Mining Museum with fellow BCUSG Trustee Dr Ed Gilby and met with the Chairman and Officers of the Somerset District Miners’ Welfare Trust. Over afternoon tea I was fascinated with stories of working coal seams which sometimes were no more than a foot high! More information can be found about the donation made by the Trust on page 4.

BCUSG on Twitter

You can now follow BCUSG on Twitter @BCUSG.

For your continued support I extend grateful thanks.

John Carter Chairman of Trustees