HISTORY OF THE CHARITY
The Bath Cancer Unit Support Group started life as the Bath Cancer Unit Appeal in April 1979. The newly elected Chairman of the Shepton Mallet Round Table proposed that during his year in office he wanted to support cancer treatment in Bath. The target for the year was £10,000. The Round Table were unable to spearhead a new charity but agreed to raise funds for the cause. Several people were happy to become involved – Brenda, Jim Crane, Chris and Eleanor Norman. After discussions with the then RUH administrator the group were advised that the target fund would need to be at least £300,000 not £10,000. This amazing group of people worked extremely hard over a period of three years and raised the required amount.
Following on from this success the Trustees of the
Appeal wound up the charity, although to this day there is still a bank account with this name.
To harness the momentum which the Appeal had caused, a new charity entitled the Bath Cancer Unit Support Group was established but it has to be acknowledged without the efforts of those first fundraisers, the charity would not have the success it does today.
In 1985 John Carter helped with the establishment of the BCUSG becoming its Vice-Chair for 13 years and in 1998 was appointed Chair and Honorary Chief Executive, only retiring in 2017. It was with great pleasure that John was awarded an MBE in the Birthday Honours List in June 2018 and was also awarded the Mayor of Bath’s Citizen Award 2018.
WHAT WE HAVE FUNDED
Over the past years we have been able to make a significant contribution towards the provision of cancer services at the Royal United Hospital
Positron Scanner Unit
This is the star of the show, the equipment that produces images of the distribution of the radioactive material in the patient.
Radhound Radiation Monitor
Similar to the Hand & Foot Monitor the Radhound is used to monitor for spills (contamination).
Hand & Foot Monitor
When dealing with radioactive liquid there is always risk of a spill, sometimes referred to as contamination.
The radioactive material we use in PETCT is delivered in a leaded container, approximately 15kg in mass.
Before injecting the patient with the radioactive material, we have to make sure that it is the right activity.
As the workload of the department increased it was necessary to expand the radiotherapy department at the RUH.
Funds we provide
Apart from the medical equipment we provide we also like to help in those hard moments with little details such as:
A total of £4.85 million has been raised and used to purchase the following items: