South Warwickshire N.H.S. Foundation Trust

ABC Club

(Affected by Bowel Cancer)

Chairman's Report


Since our Club was formed in September 2007 I would like to think that we have made considerable progress in making it a Club that can and has made a difference to those who needed help from time to time.

You will recall that we became a “Registered Small Charity” back in 2010 and we have become recognised among the professional staff at the hospital and by many patients and their friends.

We are now in our 9th year and still going strong and still helping patients where ever and how ever we can.

None of this could have taken place without Avril who first envisaged a Patient Support Group whereby we could all make better progress with recovery etc by sharing our experiences and helping each other. Now it is thanks to Avril and her team of Tracey & Lesley that all Bowel Cancer patients here at Warwick Hospital are so well cared for.

As for the ABC Club we are very lucky to have the dedication of an enthusiastic Committee who spend many hours behind the scenes working to ensure you all have a full and interesting calendar of events etc. with very informative speakers. I do hope you will join me in saying a big thank you to them all. However none are more important than you the members for your wonderful support throughout and for making a significant contribution to the funds that enable us to provide help in many different ways.

Just to remind you of some of the services we can provide here is a list of examples:-

Transport – Local and further afield                                                            

Short break for Patient and Carer

Home helps                                                                                                           Pressure relief cushions

Wiltshire Farm Foods                                                                                    

Continence supplies

Aftercare materials                                                                                           

Emergency admission packs

“Buddy Scheme” – Patient to Patient help/support                                     

Flowers and cards 

 As you are all aware, we have arranged a full calendar of events for 2016 which I hope you will find of interest and will take pleasure in joining in. Please refer to the calendar regularly to ensure you don’t miss out.

As I have said before, the ABC Club is your Club run for your benefit so please let us know if there is anything you feel we should be addressing or anyone who you think may need our help.

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

Best regards


Brian Wakefield   -   Chairman & Secretary


2016 Annual General Meeting Minutes

These are the minutes taken at the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the ABC Club. Held on the 17th May 2016 at 7.00pm in the Aylesford Unit, Warwick Hospital, Lakin Road, Warwick.


Apologies were received from Barry Lynn, Ann & Dudley Parry, Mary Kimber, Ann Wilson. 

List of Attending Members

A form was passed around the meeting and 30 people acknowledged their attendance. The list of signatures is held in the Club’s master file.

 Approval of the 2015 AGM Minutes

These minutes  were accepted without comment by those attending this meeting.

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

Matters Arising

There were no matters arising from the 2015 minutes.

 Treasurer’s report

Avril presented her report and the statement of accounts. The audited copy of the accounts has not yet been returned from the auditor, but. On receipt, the official copy will be filed in the Club’s records as soon as the Auditor has signed it.

Despite having offered places at the Grove Hotel to 2 patients, as yet they have not agreed to take this up, so their places are held in abeyance. It is hoped that we will be able to send 2 couples on this recovery holiday in the autumn.

This year Avril reported that we have introduced the supply of fleece comfort blankets to some patients in hospital who are feeling a little down, these have been very gratefully received.

Apart from the continued supply of domestic help, Wiltshire Farm Foods, Aftercare materials, etc, we have also started to supply Pressure Relief Cushions to make sitting more comfortable.

A very recent addition, which will show in next year’s accounts, is support for transport, mainly to Coventry. It appears that for patients who live alone and out of normal public transport range, they have to use volunteer drivers who charge 45p per mile and may only provide the service for a few days per week. Given that some treatments requires the patient to attend 5 days per week for 3 or 4 weeks the cost can be substantial. In 2 cases so far we have paid a contribution to these costs.

This meeting agreed to accept the un-audited accounts as proposed by June Mead and seconded by Tony Wilson, 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 2015/16 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 2016/17

A list of the 2015/16 Committee members were issued, as a reminder, with the AGM papers and all the entire Committee agreed to stand again for election for the 2016/17 period.

The attendees of this meeting agreed unanimously to accept their offer to continue..

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.



After the AGM had closed Avril announced that she will be retiring from her role as Lead Colorectal Nurse at the end of July but will continue to serve on the ABC Club’s Committee and support us as long as she can.

On behalf of all members, all of which she has helped considerably in many ways, this meeting wished Avril all the best wishes for a long and happy retirement and thanked her for everything she has done.