South Warwickshire N.H.S. Foundation Trust

ABC Club

(Affected by Bowel Cancer)

Chairman's Report


Dear Member.

It has been several years now that I have been honoured to be your Chairman, together, we have seen our Club grow in different ways. Membership has grown steadily to approximately 160 currently on our mailing list. Your support has been fantastic in all that we have tried to achieve, for example attendance at the skittles nights has risen from 25 to over 60 since we started and over the year nearly £1000 was raised through various raffles with all prizes donated by you (no outgoings) and generous ticket sales.

Most of all we are steadily increasing our support to patients, this has been limited a little due to the excessive workload placed upon Avril’s shoulders since all patient contact has to be through her office. We can only hope that soon the hospital management will be able to alter practices in a way that makes Avril’s personal workload a little easier to undertake.

Having said that and despite working under extreme pressure Avril still has found time to take a very active role in the ABC Club for which we should all be very grateful.

At this point I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the Committee members who have ensured that the Club is run correctly and that all of the calendar events are carried out as efficiently as is possible. I would like to give special thanks to Betty & David Thacker and Jean May who have been valued Committee members since the Club was formed but now feel it is time to hand over to others. May I wish them well for the future and hope that they will continue to come along and enjoy as many of our activities as they can.

Last but by no means least, the Hospital consultants who have been great supporters of the ABC Club through their excellent talks at the General meetings etc.

You will remember the talk we had from Mr Glen Burley when he explained some of the plans he has for the expansion of the hospital and some of its services, we can therefore expect that our role will increase proportionately in the coming years and we may have to take this into account with the support we can give to a growing patient population.

Don’t forget, it is your Club so if there are any suggestions you may have to improve or you wish to incorporate then please do not hesitate to put them forward.

Finally may I thank you once again for your support which I hope will continue through the current calendar list of events, and wish you all health and happiness for the coming year.


Best regards


Brian Wakefield




These are the minutes taken at the 2014 Annual General Meeting of the ABC Club. Held on the 3rd June 2014 at 7.00pm in the Aylesford Unit, Warwick Hospital, Lakin Road, Warwick.


Apologies were received from Mick Fennel,

Theresa & David Saul, Janet Walters, Joyce Smith and

Avril Enston.

List of Attending Members

A form was passed around the meeting and 33 people acknowledged their attendance. The list of signatures is held in the Club’s master file.

Approval of the 2013 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.

Matters Arising

There were no matters arising from the 2013 minutes.

Treasurer’s report

In the absence of Avril, our Treasurer, copies of her report and the end-of-year balance sheet were handed around the meeting ahead of the opening of the AGM, this gave the attendees time to read and digest the contents. The highlights of the report were emphasised by the Chairman.

There were no questions/comments from the audience and the report was accepted unanimously.

Chairman’s Report

Again, this report was circulated prior to the start of the meeting. The Chairman wished to emphasise his thanks to all of the Committee members for their stirling work

throughout the year, in particular immense thanks to Betty & David Thacker and Jean May who have decided to handover their place on the Committee after serving loyaly since the inaugural meeting some 7 years ago.

We wish them all well for the future

Election of the Committee for 2014/15

The remaining existing Committee members all said they were prepared to serve again next year subject to the members election. Dudley Parry proposed and Andrew Copson seconded the motion to accept the existing candidates offer. The vote was unanimous and no other candidates came forward.

Consideration of Motions Submitted

No motions had been submitted by the membership

The meeting closed.

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.