South Warwickshire N.H.S. Foundation Trust

ABC Club

(Affected by Bowel Cancer)

Chairman's Report


Hello to you all, it doesn’t seem twelve months since I issued my last report, but hay-ho time flies when you are enjoying yourself.

First of all I would like to congratulate the members of the Committee for all their efforts and support, without which the Club would not be as successful as it is. Also Avril and her colleagues continue to show us the way in our endeavours to help those patients and carers who are in need of the special kinds of support our Club offers. Thanks should also go to the medical staff, who readily give their valuable off duty time to come along to give us very interesting and informative talks at our General meetings.

But most of all I thank you the members, your generosity continues to be the main provider of funds which enables us to help others as much as we do.

 During the last year we have arranged for you an increased calendar of activities which were all well attended and which the membership seemed to enjoy and, as you know, we have many more delights organised for the remainder of 2015. Please make regular reference to the Calendar issued to you earlier this year and try to come along to as many events as you can.

As you will see from Avril’s Treasurer’s report we are seeing an increased need for the domestic help and we continue to supply the initial aftercare “goody bags” that we have provided to patients for some years now.

In addition we have introduced provision of supplies from Wiltshire Farm Foods to patients who are too early in their recovery to be able to cook wholesome meals. Avril has seen a marked improvement in the recovery of the patients we have helped so far which indicates it is a very beneficial addition to our support role. 

You will remember back in 2013 we sent our first patient + carer to the Grove Hotel in Bournemouth for a week’s holiday, as you know this hotel is set up to cater for cancer patients making it ideal for our needs. This has also been seen to have excellent patient benefits and it is our ambition to be able to afford to send more than one patient per year if we can.

I hope you are all satisfied with the way the Club is performing and increasing its patient support and trust that you will continue to support us by coming along to the various functions.

May I conclude by wishing all the very best of health and happiness.

Best regards 

Brian Wakefield

Chairman & Secretary


All members attending wished to record their thanks to Avril for all her dedication to the care of her patients and for her continued work she undertakes on behalf of the ABC Club.



 2015 Annual General Meeting Minutes

These are the minutes taken at the 2015 Annual General Meeting of the ABC Club. Held on the 19th May 2015 at 7.00pm in the Aylesford Unit, Warwick Hospital, Lakin Road, Warwick.


Apologies were received from Joyce Smith

 List of Attending Members

A form was passed around the meeting and 32 people acknowledged their attendance. The list of signatures is held in the Club’s master file. 

Approval of the 2014 AGM Minutes

These minutes, previously issued on the Club‘s web-site for all members to access, were accepted without comment by those attending this meeting.

Acceptance proposed by David Thacker & seconded by Andrew Copson. The vote was unanimous. 

Matters Arising

There were no matters arising from the 2014 minutes.

 Treasurer’s report

Avril presented her report and the statement of accounts. Due to pressure of work these accounts are still with the auditor and the official copy will be filed in the Club’s records as soon as the Auditor has signed it.

In the meantime Avril confirmed the financial year balance.

There has been an increase in the amount of domestic support given to patients and we have also started a scheme to provide recently discharged patients with Wiltshire Farm Foods to get them over the initial recovery stages. As last year we also sent a patient and their carer to The Grove Hotel in Bournemouth for a week. This is proven to be very beneficial to the patient and very gratefully received. It is our ambition to be able to raise sufficient funds to send more than one patient per year. This meeting whole heartedly agreed with this proposition.

This meeting agreed to accept the un-audited accounts as proposed by Theresa Saul and seconded by Moya Waterman, again the vote was unanimous. 

Chairman’s Report

Copies of this report were issued prior to this meeting along with all the other AGM papers.

Brian emphasised the great work his fellow Committee members had done throughout 2014/15 fiscal year and thanked them on behalf of all our members.

There were no questions raised appertaining to the Chairman’s report.

 Election of the Committee for 2014/15

A list of the 2014/15 Committee members were issued, as a reminder, with the AGM papers and all the entire Committee agreed to stand again for election for the 2015/16 period.

The attendees of this meeting agreed unanimous to accept their offer to continue. Brian informed the meeting that we have space for two additional Committee members should anyone wish to take part, Jan & Andrew Copson offered their services and the membership accepted.

The officers of the Club will be elected, by the Committee at their first meeting of the new season.

 Consideration of Motions Submitted

No motions had been submitted by the membership

 The meeting closed.