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Thyroid Cancer Support Group  Wales Charity No 1113774
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Meeting Dates for 2015.

General meetings  start at 7.00pm in the Green Room at Velindre Hospital, Whitchurch, Cardiff.


Thursday 14th

General meeting


Thursday 2nd

General meeting


Friday 17th

Summer Party at the Seashore Grill, Sully


Thursday 3rd

General meeting


Thursday 12th

General meeting





April 26th 2015


Matthew Evans has kindly offered to run the marathon for us. Matthew lives in Tenby. He has set up a donating page on Virginmoneygiving.com. Should anyone wish to sponsor him on line, please go to:-

www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/captaincymru to access Matthew Evans's fundraising page.

Matthew IS the real Caped Crusader !! (Captain Cymru)



Past events

Sponsored canal walk
Tracey Samson did a 7 mile walk on Saturday 6th September along the Mon & Brecon canal with 20 of her friends. The walk started at Goytre Wharf and ended at the Open Hearth pub in Sebastopol. Donating buckets were carried along the route.

A total of £2,340 was raised. A very BIG 'Thank You' to all the girls who took part and raised this magnificent sum. Well done!

Tracey's daughter Lucy made a lot of Loom bands and sold them on the day for a £1 each. Well done Lucy for helping Mummy raise money for thyroid cancer. Lucy raised £32


Tracey said it was an amazing experience with people on the canal donating and asking about thyroid cancer. This was a super effort to raise awareness of thyroid cancer in September. Well done Tracey and all your friends.

Thyroid Cancer Awreness Month
Cy was invited to talk on Bro Radio on the 1st September to raise awareness of thyroid Cancer and the work of our Group.

July- Race for Life

Ceri Evans and six of her friends did the Race for Life and have raised over £1600 in sponsorship via Virginmoneygiving.com.
A super performance from Team Evans. Well done, ladies we are proud of you.
Thank you all for a super performance in aid of Group funds.

July 18th Summer Party

The Summer party was held at the Seashore Grill in Sully. This was the fifth year it has been held. A super night was enjoyed by everyone, A big Thank You to Helen for organising this very popular event in our calender. A total of over £1600 was raised!

June 9th

Conference on Thyroid Cancer at the Royal Marsden, London

This event was attended by Helen who shared a stand with Butterfly. A great deal of interest was shown by delegates and a total of 100 of our leafletPs and our 10th Anniversary News letter were handed out. Well done Helen!!


June 7th
10th Anniversary Tea Party

A tea party was held at the Village Hotel, Cardiff to mark the 10th Anniversary of the Group. It was well attended with 70 old and new members and friends enjoying the celebration.

Thanks to Macmillan for their generous grant to help cover the cost of this event.

May 12th

The Soiree was held at the home of Hywel and Gwyneth Jeffrys. The singers and artistes gave a super performance throughout the evening which was enjoyed by all. It was a full house! A super buffet was served during the interval. A total of £2000 was raised on the night! A well supported evening. Thanks to Hywel and Gwyneth and their committe of the "Hippodrome Theatre Company" for putting on this event for us to raise funds.

March 28th

EU Thyroid Cancer Summit
The EU Thyroid Cancer Summit was held in Amsterdam on Friday 28th March. The event was hosted by Genzyme Corporation. Helen Hobrough attended as our representative and as a Director of the Thyroid Cancer Alliance (TCA).

eu conference




September 2013

September was Thyroid Cancer Awareness month.

Helen took the opportunity to raise awarness of thyroid cancer on the local Bro radio which broadcasts to Barry and the Vale of Glamorgan.

25th September

Helen, Brenda and Cy attended the Patient and Carer conference sponsored by the South Wales Cancer Network Patient Forum. This was held in the Orangery at Margam Abbey.Some 112 delegates from various cancer services and support groups attended. The key note introductory speach was given by Professor Mark Drakeford AM, Minister for Health and Social Care in the Welsh Government in Cardiff.

We took advantage of this conference to have a table top display to raise awareness of thyroid cancer and to talk to other interested support group membes.

Helen and Brenda provide information to a visitor to the display.


July 2013

Summer Party

The annual summer party was held on Friday 19th July. It was a truly summer's evening weatherwise. Eighty five friends and family had a thoroughly enjoyabe evening. A total of over £1000 was raised from this event.
Many thanks to Helen for all her hard work in organising this popular event which has become a firm favourite on the Group's calender of events. Thanks again Helen, you are a human dynamo!!
We would like to thank our Sponsors who have so generously supported this event.
McDonald's Barry for their £300 donation.
Raffle prizes were donated by the following:-
Tesco , Barry.
Waitrose, Barry.
Morrison's Barry Waterfront.
Little Blue Deli, Thompson Street, Barry.
She Wears It Well, High Street, Barry.

Thanks to all those individuals who donated prizes for the Raffle on the evening.

Our thanks also to Gordon and his staff at the Seashore Grill for their very generous support for our Charity and the super buffet they laid on for the party.

Many thanks also to Edson Printers and Integrated Graphics for their continued help and support in meeting our printed material needs.

July 9th - 14th

Thyroid Cancer Alliance (TCA) at the World Congress of Thyroid Cancer.

Helen Hobrough, Chair of our Support Group, attended the World Congress on Thyroid Cancer as a Director of the Thyroid Cancer Alliance (TCA). The Congress was held in Toronto between the 9th and 14th July. There were over 1,000 delegates attending from over 61 countries. It provided an excellent opportunity for our Support Group (TCSGW) to showcase our work on the world stage! In particular, the NATT project which is a world 1st.
We are indebted to the Genzyme Corporation and the Bayer Corporation for their generous funding of the travel to this conference and without whose help would have made attendance very difficult.
The group's funding of the NATT project was publicised at the meeting and in the TCA Newsletter which was distributed at the Congress. It can be accessed at www.thyroidcanceralliance.org
The sale of our recipes books to raise funds for this project was also featured.

July 2013

We have been nominated by the Nationwide Building Society as one of three charities to benefit from their Community Match programme.
There will be voting stations in branches for people to vote for their preferred charity. Please go along to your local branch of the Nationwide and cast your vote for our charity.
If our charity receives the most votes of the three charities, we would receive a donation of £500. Please vote!


December 2012

On three days this month we were provided with an opportunity toset up a stall in the Main Outpatients dept at Velindre where we were able to sell our recipe books 'Food of the famous and not so famous' to raise funds for the NATT project (see below for details).

23rd September
Despite the fact that the appalling weather conditions resulted in the Sponsored Walk being "rained off" on Sunday 23rd September, many supporters decided to complete the walk later that month and a sum of £371 has been raised. Thanks to all who took part!

29th September

A "Horse Race" was held at the West End Labour Club in Barry to raise funds to support our NATT project(National
naplastic Thyroid Cancer Tissue Bank).
The evening was an outstanding success raising £457 and a further £20 was donated towards our goal. Thanks to Jeff Heathfield,assisted by Jimmy and Karl for all their hard work in ensuring a great time was had by all.


Friday 6th July

The fourth Summer party was held at the Seashore Grill and Function room in Sully. This proved to be another success with everyone enjoying themselves and helping to raise funds for the Group's work.
A total of £814 was raised by this event. A super contribution to the funds

Thanks to Helen Hobrough for her hard work in organising this event again this year.

Thanks also to Gordon and his staff from the Seashore Grill for providing a superb buffet! Bob Sax provided the entertainment.
We would like to thank all those who so kindly donated gifts and vouchers for the raffle.

Business Donors:-

Little Blue Deli, Barry
Waitrose, Barry
Morrison's, Barry
Tesco, Barry
She wears it well, Barry
Timpson's, Barry
Jackie's, Barry

Some photos of the event

Holly and Dave enjoying themselves.

Helen and friends enjoying a boogie

Some of the ladies doing 'running Bear'! .................Bob Sax providing the entertainment.


9th June 2012
Spreading of bark on the gardens on Saturday 9th June. The bark was kindly donated by Dave O'Brien Tree Services (Tel. 07855781182) again this year. Many thanks to Dave for his kind support for the garden project.

We are greateful for the help we received from a team of eight people from Lloyds TSB who came along to help with spreading the bark on the gardens. Thanks Team!


November 3rd 2011

Jane Hines from the charity 'Friends of the children of Chernobyl' gave a very interesting and moving account of the charity's work in helping the children of Chernobyl. The chidren have chronic health problems due to their living conditions and the environment which continues to be seriously affected by the fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion in 1986.

The Monmouthshire branch of the charity brings approximately
10 children, between 6 and 14 years of age, to Wales for four weeks every year on a 5 year rolling programme so they can enjoy fresh air and a healthy diet to help improve their immune system and general health. The children stay with host families in the Raglan area.

They receive basic dental and other treatments. They are taken out on trips to the countryside and the seaside (Belarus is landlocked!). They have the opportunity to play with local children and experience their western toys and electronic games which are not available to them in their own country. They are given clothing, vitamins and other useful items to take home with them. The children come from around the town of Mogilev in south east Belarus.

Next year (2012), the children will be coming over on the 22nd June until the 20th July.

The charity raises funds by holding events and the support of communities such as schools. The money raised principally covers the cost of flights and other travel costs. The Group has no paid employees.

We were very happy to make a donation of £3,000 to Jane Hines towards the costs of helping the charity to help these children.
If anyone wishes to help and make a donation, Jane Hines can be contacted on janehines@tiscali.co.uk


Some Facts.
The nuclear plant in Chernobyl was running tests in April 1986. The cooling system was shut down. The plant exploded releasing high levels of radiation into the atmosphere.
On the 18th May 1986 the radiation cloud reached the U.K, some 18 days after the event. 127 firefighters lost their lives in trying to contain the effects.

22% of the farmland in Belarus was contaminated and lost to future use.
There have been 4,000 cases of thyroid cancer in the area in the 20 years after the disaster.
Between 1991 and 2005, 5,127 cases have been reported in children of 14 years and younger. Between 1991 and 1995 the rate rose dramatically in children 10 years old and under.
It is estimated that there will be between 18,000 and 66,000 cases in future.

September 24th 2011

As part of Thyroid Cancer Awareness month, information leaflets were distributed in the centre of Cardiff.

The leaflets were printed by Edson Print Services of Barry. Mr Hugh Phillips, Managing Director, provided a very efficient and friendly service. We are happy to recommend this Company for any printing requirements. Contact details are: Tel. 01446 722055; email hugh@edson-print.co.uk

Thanks to everyone who turned up on the day to help out. Approximately 900 information leaflets were distributed.

July 8th 2011

Summer party at the Seashore Grill

A great night was enjoyed by all. A superb buffet was provided by the Seashore grill with thanks to Gordon and his staff. Musical entertainment was provided Bob Sax. Hopefully this can become an annual event to raise funds for the Group.
Many thanks to Helen Hobrough and Brenda Beckingham for organising another successful evening.


May 22nd 2011

Sponsored Walk

Sixteen members and families took part in the sponsored walk from Velindre Cancer Centre to Cardiff Castle and return.
Many thanks to Brenda Beckingham for organising the walk.
The route was along the Taff Trail through park land along the river Taff. The weather stayed dry but was windy.
A picnic was enjoyed at the half way point before the return walk to Velindre. Everyone enjoyed themselves being out in the fresh air and socialising with other members and their families.

Thanks to everyone who took part

Some of the group at the start of the Walk.

The walkers on the return journey.



October 2010

The Group gardens won 2nd prize in Cardiff in Bloom in the 'Community gardens with limited access' category.

A £60 cheque, plaque and Certificate were presented to members of the Group at the Awards Ceremony held at City Hall , Cardiff on the 18th October.

July 2010

The Summer Party was held on Friday 16th July at the Seashore Grill in Sully again this year. It was a resounding success!
Thanks to Helen and Brenda for organising the event.

A total of £682 was raised by this event.

June 5th 2010

We are grateful for another donation of chipped bark for the gardens from David O'Brien Tree Services.
12 Volunteers moved about 3 ton of bark and spread it over the gardens. A superb effort by all concerned.


The Group have made a video/DVD of the Radioiodine process at Velindre. It will be given to patients who are due to undergo ablation treatment. They can take it home and watch it in the comfort of their own homes.

Hopefully, it will give them an insight into the process and a view of the isolation rooms and will supplement the information given by the Nuclear Medicine department.
Members of the Support Group also talk about their own experiences.

The video was made by Aztec Enterprise Films (Telephone 05602 497173 ; email: aztecenterprisefilms@hotmail.com

May 2010

Fred Stacey of Aztec Film Enterprises presents copies of the video to Helen Hobrough, Chair of the Support Group.

January 21st 2010

The Annual General Meeting was held and Gil Parry tendered her resignation as Chairperson. She has agreed to remain as a Trustee. Everyone at the meeting expressed their thanks to Gil for her service in this role since the Group was formed.
Thanks to Gil for her hardwork in helping the Group to become the success it is today.

Volunteers were then requested as Gil replacement in the role as Chairperson. Helen Hobrough volunteered and was unanimously accepted by the Group. Welcome to Helen!

Thursday 10th December
Twenty one members,friends and family had a very enjoyable evening with Christmas dinner at the Fox & Hounds in Whitchurch. A good time was enjoyed by everyone. Some photos of the evening are below.

Saturday 19th September
The Usk Vale Wheelers did a 100 mile sponsored bike ride from Pontypool to Swansea in aid of our Group funds. They left Pontypool at 8.00am and arrived in Swansea at 5.30pm after a hard ride that took in the Black mountains.
We are grateful to Avondale Vehicle Hire (AVG) of Cwmbran (Tel. 01633 483612) for supplying a van at preferencial rates to enable us to retrieve the bikes from Swansea after the ride. Many thanks to Peter.

The grand sum of £590 was raised by the event. A great effort by all the boys. Many thanks.

The Usk Vale Wheelers at the start of their sponsored ride.

Best 'Bib & Tucker' on the day. ..............................Tour leader, Paul issuing final orders.


September 1st 2009

The gardens at Velindre have won first prize in Category 8A (gardens with restricted access) in Cardiff in Bloom.
All the hard work of all the members and volunteers has been recognised.
Four Group members and one representative from Velindre Cancer Centre attended the Awards presentation ceremony at Cardiff City Hall on Monday evening the 12th October.

The certificate

The Plaque


July 2009
The fund raising Summer Party was held in the Function Room of the Seashore Grill, Swanbridge on Friday 17th July.
83 members and guests had a very enjoyable evening with entertainment by Ronnie Sax.
The buffet was superb and everyone had a great time.
We can thoroughly recommend the Seashore Grill and Function Room for upto 100 people for an event.
Thanks to Helen Hobrough for organising the event.

We are very grateful to Mr Gordon Hadfield of the Seashore Grill for his kind donation.

Here are some photographs of the evening.

'Les Girls' enjoying themselves!

The raffle prizes............................Rachel cajoles guests to buy lots of raffle tickets!

Ronnie Sax gives his best performance....... Brian and friends. Glad to see they bought raffle tickets!

........Its 'Les Girls' again! What a 'knees up'! ....................Someone fancies Flying!


Helen is really boogying!


It's that man Liddell again! ...........................Marie with family and friends.

The Caerleon 'contingent'................................Fiona and friends.


December 2008
Sixteen members, friends and family members had a very pleasant evening at the Hollybush pub for our Christmas dinner. Winners of the raffle received their prizes from Gil. Many thanks to Gil and her mum for organising the raffle. We raised over £120!

September 2008
21members of the Usk Vale Wheelers completed the 100 mile sponsored cycle ride from Pontypool to Swansea on Saturday 20th September.
They left Pontypool at 08.30 and arrived in Swansea at 15.45. A superb effort by all the team to raise funds for our group.

Total amount raised from sponsorship was £1644.50.

A cheque was presented to Cy Davies, Secretary of the Group.

A super effort from the Wheelers.

A very BIG THANK YOU to all the boys and those that so generously sponsored them.

Below are some photos of the event.

At the start in Pontypool

Some minor adjustments before the 'Off'

Breakfast in Brecon.............................. Ready to restart after breakfast

En-route in 'close formation' ..................Lunch time break in Llandeilo

A well earned relax at lunch time ..........................The Mascot came too!


Destination in sight.................................. Tail end Charlie


Journey's end in Mumbles at The George pub

A well earned drink!


August 2008
Two flat screen TV's with inbuilt DVD players were donated to replace the old analogue TV's in the Isolation rooms. The TV's were bought with money donated by Rachel Owen from her sponsored walk along the Pembrokeshire coastal path earlier this year.
Rachel came along to the hospital on Friday 29th August to present the TV's to Sue Hooper, Principal Physicist in the Nuclear medicine department.
Thank you Rachel for your very kind donation for the benefit of patients.

Rachel with one of the TV's .......................The inscription on the TV.

Rachel presents one of the TV's to Sue Hooper,Principal Physicist,
Nuclear Medicine department

Rachel with some of the staff of Nuclear Medicine

July 2008
Congratulation! to Diane Fletcher for winning 'Newport in Bloom' again for the Best Front Garden category. Well done, Diane!

May 2008

Friday 30th May was a BIG day for the Group, with the Opening of the Gardens and the Unveiling of the Mural.

This project has been on-going since October 2005.

The proceedings started with a welcome to the Guests and a special welcome to the Guest of Honour, Mr Roy Noble of BBC Wales.
Cy Davies, Group Secretary, then made a short speech about PEOPLE and how they had rallied round to help the Group.He thanked everyone who had contributed to the project and especially to our families for their continued support for us as patients and our work on the project.

Dr Moss, Honorary President, then said a few words of thanks to the Group for the project and was proud of the progress the group had made in supporting patients.

Mr Roy Noble then rounded off the proceedings with warm words of congratulation to the group and saying how moved he was with the work that goes on at Velindre Hospital.

Some photographs of the Event.

Jacqui Edwards with her work of art. ...........Roy Noble cuts the ribbon to open the garden.

The Mural ............................................Cy thanks Roy Noble

Roy Noble unveils the mural. ................Diane surveys the result of all her effort!

Anne Mart of Macmillan views the garden. .....Thanks to Macmillan for helping fund the day.


Part of the finished garden. ................. . Another part of the finished garden.

We are grateful to Macmillan Cancer Support "Helping You Helping Others" grant programme for a their grant of £975 to help us raise awareness of the Group's activities and the refreshments for the Opening of the Gardens on 30th May.
Many thanks to Anne Mart, Macmillan Development Coordinator for Wales, for her help and support in our application.
Anne can be contacted by phone on 01492 593146 or mobile 07834 192207.

February 2008
We are grateful to Genzyme Ltd for their kind donation of £500 towards the work of the Group.

January 2008
The Annual General Meeting was held followed by a group meeting.

December 2007

Christmas dinner
Twenty one members and guests had a very enjoyable meal on Thursday evening the 6th December. This is the fourth year we have enjoyed a Christmas dinner at the Hollybush Inn.
Some photos of the occasion.


Donation of Welsh daffodil bulbs
Our grateful thanks to Richard Arnold and Rhiannon Williams of the Really Welsh Trading Company (www.reallywelsh.com)of Llantwit Major for their very generous donation of 25kg of Welsh daffodil bulbs for the gardens.
They will provide a welcome scene in the Spring to cheer up patients. (Now we have to plant them all !)
The picture shows Rhiannon Williams presenting the bulbs to Cy Davies (Group Secretary).

October 2007
More chipped bark was kindly donated and delivered by David O'Brien (Tree surgeons. Tel 07855781182), who also donated chipped bark last year. We are very grateful to David for his continued support for the Group.

Bulbs were also planted for Spring flowering next year. Thanks to Diane Fletcher for her unstinting support in developing the gardens.

September 2007
We are very grateful to Mrs Jaqui Edwards who has kindly donated her time to producing the mural to go on the wall opposite Room B. Jaqui is a talented artist who loves painting.
She qualified from Caerleon college in 2000 and has produced many murals in the community while working for the Garnsychan Partnership.
She is available to do other murals. She can be contacted on 01495 772183.

Transportation of the four sheets of the mural was carried out by Dave & Cy with the loan of a lorry from DP Fencing and Garden Services, with thanks to David Powell for his support again.

Thank you Jacqui for all your hard work for the benefit of patients

Mrs Jacqui Edwards

April/May 2007

More planting took place this month with the help of volunteers.
Young Jack turned out to help with his mum. To prove that Jack really did some work, here is a photo to prove it! Thanks Jack for all your help.

Here are a few more photos of the garden to date.

A maple tree was purchased with donations received from Gareth in memory of his Dad. This was planted as a centre piece of the garden.

Diane and Georgina get to grips with planting and Dave digs himself into yet another HOLE!

Some more of the volunteers.

A view of the garden to date.

Finally, a view of the first garden, planted last September 2006 showing how the plants have matured.


January 2007
A bucket collection was held outside Cardiff Rugby Club before their game against Borders on Saturday 6th January.
A total of £664 was collected by eleven volunteers. Many thanks to them including Rowanne and Ieuan, Ingrid and Peter's children. Thanks to Peter for arranging the collection.
(See the Fund raising page for more details and photograph).

December 2006
22 members and partners/friends/family had a very pleasant evening at the Christmas dinner held at the Hollybush in Whitchurch. A good time was had by everyone, and some of us were even lucky to win a prize in the Raffle!

Many thanks to Peter Smith for running the Cardiff Half Marathon in aid of the Thyroid Cancer Support Group -Wales. He has donated his sponsorship money of £950 to the Group.A valiant effort!


We have been successful in our application for funding to help purchase a lap top computer for the Group's business. We are very grateful to the Monmouthshire Building Society Charitable Foundation for a grant of 50% match funding.

We have also been successful in receiving a grant from Macmillan Cancer Self help and Support www.macmillan.org.uk for £1,156 towards the cost of purchasing booklets about thyroid cancer from the British Thyroid Foundation. The booklets will be given to new patients when they contact us. The grant also helps with stationary and postage costs for these items. Thanks to Anne Mart, Macmillan Development Coordinator for Wales, for her help with our application.

November 2006
The Group is now registered for Gift Aid.
The meeting agreed to purchase 100 copies of the British Thyroid Foundation booklet entitled 'Thyroid Cancer for patients by patients'. These booklets will be donated to newly diagnosed patients who conatct the Group for information and help.

October 2006
On Friday 6th October, ten volunteers from Barclay's bank came along to the hospital to help with laying of the chippings which were supplied by Travis Perkins, Caerphilly.
Many thanks to Barclay's Bank for their very generous donation of £1500 to enable us to buy plants etc for the gardens. Also their volunteers on the day!
Thanks to all the Barcaly's team: Chris Rooney, Sarah Moles, Dawn Olim, Julia Charles, Steph McCarthy, Andy Jones, Ali Maxwell, Katy Hall, Claire Butler and Andy Rollingson who co-ordinated the team.

Some pictures of the day!

.................................................................. The finished article!

......................The Mottley Crew!!! ......................

September 2006
Plants were bought from Caerphilly Garden Centre on the 22nd. These were paid for as part of Barclay's Bank's donation. Thanks to Andy Rollingson from Barclay's for coming along to help us decide on suitable plants and to pay for them.
Nine volunteers turned out on Saturday 30th to plant the garden area outside room 'B'. All the planting was completed in the morning. Thanks to all the volunteers for a job well done!

August 2006
Meeting held on Thursday 17th. A lady from Swansea has contacted the group with a view to becoming a contact for the Swansea area. Trolley tokens are selling well.
The revamp of the Shower room has been completed and the donation from the group was much appreciated.
Members were reminded of the dates for their diaries of Friday 29th and Saturday 20th September for volunteers to help plant-up the gardens. All volunteers welcome!

July 2006
Seven volunteers came along on Saturday 1st July to work on the gardens. We had 3.5 tons of chipped bark delivered.
Very grateful thanks to David O'Brien (Tree surgeons. Tel 07855781182) for donating this bark and delivering free of charge
The volunteers spread the total quantity over the garden area. An excellent job in very warm and sunny conditions!

The Volunteers

Original area (October 2005)





Terram laid outside Room A and Room B

Bark laid outside Room A and Room B





May 2006
At the May meeting, it was unanimously agreed to donate £1,000 towards the cost of upgrading the shower facility in one of the isolation rooms. This work is scheduled to be completed by the 19th June.(See photos below)










A supply of trolley token key rings has been obtained. These will be sold over the coming months to raise much needed funds.

The garden project is progressing. Weed conrol sheeting has now been put in place over the entire area. Planting is planned for some time in September. A date has yet to be set.

April 2006
Charity status granted on 18th April. Registered No 1113774.

Sarah ran the London Marathon for Cancer Research U.K. and raised over £5,000!

March 2006
General meeting. Application has been submitted to Charity Commission for charity status. Barclay's bank has ageed to help out with the garden project with financial help and staff volunteers later in the year. B&Q have been approached with a request for help under their Better Neighbour scheme.

Volunteers from the group made a start on the garden project by cutting down all the grass and weeds outside the treatment rooms on Friday 3rd March. The strimmer was kindly donated by David Powell of DP Fencing and Garden Services (Cwmbran). The South Wales Argus came along and took photos for inclusion in an article in the paper which appeared on Tuesday 7th March.

Friday 10th March, two volunteers made a start on digging/rotovating the ground. The cultivator was kindly donated by DP Fencing and Garden Services and we are very grateful for their support. (Contact David Powell on 07970 205185 if you require any work on your garden, paviours for drives etc).

February 2006
Congratulations! to David Woolven, who had his thyroid removed 30 years ago! on the 4th February. Keep taking the tablets David!!

January 2006
The AGM was held. The Chairperson and the Treasurer gave their reports. Election of Officers was held. The existing Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary offered themselves for election. There were no other nominations and the three positions were elected unanimously.
Two new members joined us.Congratulations were extended to one of our members, David Woolven who celebrates 30 years without a thyroid! (See above).
Friday 3rd March was decided as the day when we would start to clear the garden site. Volunteers are requested to attend at 9.30am at Velindre and bring along rakes, forks and spades. Gloves will be supplied, courtesy of County Industrial Supplies, Cwmbran.

December 2005 -
A total of 20 members,friends and family had a very nice Xmas dinner together at the Hollybush pub in Whitchurch on Friday 9th. Raffle prizes were handed out to those who were lucky enough to win a prize! A good time was had by one and all!

We would like to thank County Industrial Supplies of Pontnewydd, Cwmbran for their very generous donation of equipment for use by our volunteers in the garden project.

November 2005 -
Meeting held on Thursday 17th November.
Discussed the progress of the Charity status application.
The Group now has an entry in the Macmillan Directory of Cancer self help and support groups 2005/2006.
Member volunteers were asked to partake in a survey to be carried out by Macmillan next year.
The gardens project was discussed. We are pleased to recognise the kind donation of £25 in vouchers from Scott's Garden products to enable us to purchase weed killer for the gardens.
The art faculty at the UWIC has been contacted with a view of having students partake in the design of a Mural for the wall opposite one of the isloation rooms.

The group decided to purchase a quantity of keyrings /supermarket trolley tokens with our logo on.

October 2005 -
Meeting held on Thursday 6th October. One new member joined us.
Discussed the need to progress our application for charity status. The Macmillan regional conference to be held in Coventry on 4th November would be attended by representatives.
Members were requested to complete a survey from the Bristol Cancer Help Centre on Healthy Eating with Cancer.
Another batch of leaflets was shared between members for distribution to GP surgeries and health centres.
A volunteer has been found to help with designing the proposed gardens outside the treatment rooms at Velindre hospital.This project will take place over the next six to nine months.
No response received from the South Wales Echo/Barclay's appeal for a share of the funding.
Dates for meetings for 2006 were agreed.
The Christmas dinner was confirmed for the 9th December.

August 2005 -
General meeting. Reviewed success of leaflet distribution and wristband sales, which was very successful in generating much needed funds for the group.
The website will now be permanently funded by Torfaen Borough Council which will be of financial advantage to the group.
One new member joined us and was made very welcome.
The date and location for the Christmas dinner was discussed which will be in the Hollybush pub in Whitchurch on either Thursday 2nd or Thursday 9th December. Date to be confirmed after booking made.

July 2005 -
Leaflets were distributed to Group members to place in G.P Surgeries and local hospital clinics to raise awareness of the existence of the group.

June 2005 -
The Leaflet design was approved and 300 leaflets were produced for us by Val Aston, Patient Information Manager at Velindre Hospital. Many thanks Val.

April 2005 - Twelve sets of brightly coloured bedding and duvets were purchased for use in the Isolation rooms. This was the completion of the first objective of the Group.

March 2005 -
A very interesting talk on fund raising was given by Anne Pash, Regional Appeals Co-ordinator for Tenovus. A video, made by Tenovus, was shown entitled "Living with Cancer".

January 2005 -
Talk on Thyrogen.

December 9th-
Sixteen members and partners and friends enjoyed a Christmas dinner at the Holleybush Inn, Whitchurch

October 2004 -
Talk on radio-active Iodine ablation treatment given by Sue Hooper, Principle Physicist in the Nuclear Medicine Department of Velindre Hospital.

A five mile sponsored walk was organised by the Chairperson, Gillian Parry on Sunday 26th September 2004.

25 people attended and the walk took a route from the Philanthropic pub in Pontywaun near the Cwmcarn Forrest Drive and proceeded along the tow path of the Risca branch of the Monmouthshire canal to Risca. After the walk, other fund raising events took place. A raffle was held and three people voluntered to have their heads shaved and two others had their backs waxed (Ouch!).

The South Wales Argus gave us good coverage.See article below from the South Wales Argus of Tuesday 28th September 2004.

Gillian strides out to raise cancer funds

GWENT thyroid cancer patient Gillian Parry enlisted the support of friends, family and fellow patients for a fun day to raise money for Wales' biggest cancer centre.

Mrs Parry, from Chapel Farm Terrace, Cwmcarn, wanted to give something back to Cardiff's Velindre Hospital for the treatment and care that has helped her bounce back from the disease.

And the 39-year-old, whose story was featured in the Argus last Saturday, said the fundraising effort had surpassed expectations.

"We had a lovely day and I'd say we've raised about £1,000, hopefully more. But we're amazed because we weren't expecting anything like this. We were only hoping for a couple of hundred," she said.

Mother of two Mrs Parry required treatment with a radioactive pill following two operations during which her cancerous thyroid gland was removed.

She had to be isolated for several days in a special room at Velindre, then had several weeks where her children were not allowed to live with her because she was too radioactive.She is now waiting to be told that she is clear.

Almost two years on, fellow members of the Tenovus Thyroid Cancer Support Group, which is raising money for Velindre, came to Pontywaun for a day of fundraising events.

"We did a sponsored walk in the morning from the Philanthropic pub, through Risca on the canal and back," said Mrs Parry.

"We had 25 people along and it was supposed to be four miles, but I think was more like five.

"In the afternoon, my ex-brother-in-law came along and had his head shaved, so did a friend of mine with very long hair, and my dad, Tudor Edwards, had his back waxed.

"That was very painful, but he said, `I'm raising money for my daughter,' and sat there, grimacing!"