Stephanie Cole visits RUH Cancer Unit
The BCUSG was delighted to welcome its new President, Stephanie Cole, to a meeting of the BCUSG. After meeting Trustees of the Charity, Stephanie was given a tour of some of the facilities of the Bath Cancer Unit including the Positron (PET-CT) Scanner and the Varian Linear Accelerator, just two of the many purchases made by the Charity for the Cancer Unit.

Trustees being shown the Varian Proton Therapy Unit
The Charity is run entirely by volunteers, meaning there are no paid staff. Approximately 95% of all monies raised goes straight into equipment and resources for the RUH Cancer Unit. The other 5% is spent on vital administration costs - the production of our annual magazine and its distribution. Over the past 33 years some £4.85 million has been raised by our enthusiastic band of volunteers.

Making a Donation
Making a Donation Online Giving Utilise our easy to use online payment portal via the Charities Aid Foundation website by clicking here to access the CAF website and then click on “Donate to this charity”. Alternatively you can donate through Virgin Money Giving. JustTextGiving Instructions First decide on how much you wish to donate. The amount must be either £1, or £2, or £3, or £4, or £5 or £10. If you decide to donate £10, text the message...

Leave a Legacy
Including Bath Cancer Unit Support Group in your Will could be the most amazing gift you ever give. Your legacy will improve the quality of cancer services delivered by the Royal United Hospital. What are the options? There are three main types of legacies. You can give a share of your estate eg 20%, a specific sum of money or a specific item. How to word your Will It is essential that the full name of the charity, namely Bath Cancer Unit Support Group and the...


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The Chair, Mike Taylor, launches a new Challenge.

Hop, skip, skate or run - or come up with your own fundraising challenge - and help improve outcomes for local cancer patients.

We’re asking people of all ages to take on our fun #BCUSG3000Challenge and help raise vital funds for the cancer unit at Bath’s Royal United Hospital.

The RUH treats about 3,000 new patients a year on average from across Bath and West Wiltshire. But doctors need the latest state-of-the-art medical equipment to treat more patients more quickly.

So, we’re calling on parents, children, grandparents and individuals to dream up their own fundraising challenge based around the number 3,000 and help us pay for vital equipment.

Whether it’s skipping or hopping 3,000 times or completing a distance of 3,000 metres (3k) in your garden, on roller skates or in fancy dress, anything goes. The more imaginative your fundraising ideas, the better.

Mike on Exercise Bike 1

Share your photos

You can share your fundraising photos and videos on social media using the hashtag #BCUSG3000Challenge and encourage others to get involved.

Anyone can take part, whatever your age or ability, as long as you follow official guidance on social distancing and choose a challenge that’s appropriate for you and your abilities.

It’s a great way to have some fun during the long school break and help make a real difference to the lives of cancer patients locally.

Create a fundraising page

Setting up your own fundraising page couldn’t be easier and only takes a few seconds.

You can personalise your page with your challenge target, photos and video. Remember to spread the word to friends and family via Facebook and WhatsApp.

To create your own fundraising page or to make a donation using Virgin Money Giving go to:

BCUSG Virgin Money Giving page 


Tireless charity fundraiser steps down after more than 30 years


The face of the Bath Cancer Unit Support Group (BCUSG) in West Wiltshire has retired as chairman of its Trowbridge branch after several decades with the charity.

Tino Polledri steps down after 33 years on the local committee during which time the small branch has raised more than £600,000 for the cancer unit at Bath’s Royal United Hospital (RUH).

Tino, who was branch chairman for 30 years, has also retired as a trustee of the main charity, having been vice chair for many years.


Mike Taylor, chairman of the BCUSG’s trustees said: “We all owe a huge debt to Tino who has been inspirational and hard working for all of those years.

“The substantial sums which he has helped to raise have made huge differences to many of those who have received cancer treatment at the RUH during the last few decades.

“Much of the equipment which he helped us to purchase will be in use for a number of years yet, so future and current patients are benefitting from his hard work. I will really miss his wise advice at trustees’ meetings and his boundless enthusiasm.”

Tino is not retiring completely, however, and says he will continue to help whenever needed at BCUSG fundraising events.

Tino said: "My time as chairman of the Trowbridge branch and vice chair of trustees of the BCUSG has been very rewarding over the years and with the outstanding support of my committee, I believe we have achieved a great deal.  It's a highlight every time that we can purchase new equipment for the RUH.

"Colleagues, friends and the public have always supported our fundraising events and have been extremely helpful when needed. Looking back, it has been a great time and I am extremely proud to have been associated with the BCUSG.”

Would you like to help continue Tino's work?

To donate to the Bath Cancer Unit Support Group, or to discuss becoming a corporate partner, please email Alan Webb at or phone 07896 741233.

Bethany Mogan - Media

Thanks are also given to Bethany who has resigned as a Trustee.  Bethany has been instrumental in setting up and maintaining our Twitter and Facebook accounts over the past three years.  

Thanks to Stephanie Cole

Unfortunately, Stephanie Cole has had to step down as President of the Charity.  Our thanks go to her for the events which she has attended, and given her support to during her time with us.

New President - Stephanie Cole OBE


Stephanie Cole was welcomed as our new President in November 2018.  Stephanie will be known for the many wonderful, diverse range of characters she has played over the years –  in the theatre,  films and on television - from a doctor in the 1980’s series Tenko to the

formidable Mrs Featherstone in both Open All Hours and Still Open All Hours.  Very recently Stephanie took part in a live performance on television of “Inside No 9 – Dead Line” and will play opposite Timothy West in King Lear at the Bristol Old Vic during 2019.

Mike Taylor - Chair

Welcome Message


Welcome to the new website which I hope you will find is more user friendly and make it easier for donations to be made via the Donate page.

A couple of new sections have been added – one dealing with our new projects and the other all our News stories which can also be viewed on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The Trustees have a good working relationship with the Cancer Unit’s consultants and nursing staff and it is from them that new projects will be suggested. It constantly surprises me the ingenuity of some of the items of equipment which we are asked to support.  Many of these

items achieve huge gains for the patients, both in terms of the quality of the diagnosis or treatment and its effectiveness and also in reducing the length of time that these treatments take which can then of course have an impact on reducing waiting times.

During my time as Chair, I am keen to encourage new branches to be established to cover all areas under the RUH’s remit.  We have a very successful branch in Trowbridge which carries out fundraising activities there as well as Bradford on Avon, Melksham, Westbury and the surrounding villages.

Meet the Trustees


Mike Coombs – Treasurer

Sue Coppin

Jane Crow - Supportline

Jo Crowe

Les Dymond

Caroline Gilleece

Alex Herring


Sue MacGregor

Jane Margetts - Supportline

Bethany Mogan – Media

Sue Oliver - Vice-Chair

Sally Pinner – Secretary

Tino Polledri 

Alan Webb – Fundraiser


Thanks are given to our sponsors:

Pearson May Accountants

Novia Foundation - providing year long sponsorship of the flowers in A12

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