Wednesday 23 July 2014


You may, or may not, be aware that we have been raising funds to assist in the purchase of a bowel scope imager for the endoscopy department of our local hospital. This piece of equipment is essentially able to help guide the colonoscopy (fibrotic tube) around the colon and make it both easier for the professional undertaking the procedure and also for the patient undergoing it. We are delighted to inform you that the group has formally presented the bowel scope imager to our local hospital this week. This has only been possible through  YOU and your continued support and for that we would like to thank you. We thank those of you who take a collection box to receive donations, to those of you who undertake various sponsored feats of a physical nature, those who request donations to us in lieu of presents on special occasions, those who choose to make a regular monthly donation, the list goes on. We are truly grateful because it means that we can continue to raise the profile of bowel cancer for our local population but also, through YOUR donations, try and improve the diagnosis, treatment and care of bowel cancer patients in our area. 

We would like to thank each and everyone of you and hope that you are as proud as us to be able to say that we have assisted in purchasing this important piece of equipment.


The pictures show the bowel scope imager (or sat nav) and members of the support group committee presenting the imager to Ros Wyke, Chairman of our local hospital and members of the Endoscopy team, as well as Mr Edwards and Mr Mackey Consultant Colorectal Surgeons at the Trust and Maria Salter, one of the Colorectal Nursing Team.

Upcoming Events for your calendar

We are pleased to be able to inform you about two upcoming events this year.

 We will once again have a stand at the Taunton Flower Show on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd August 2014. Would be delighted to see you all. As with last years stand, we will have a raffle and be available to chat, have some good leaflets and generally catch up with you. Please do pop along and see us.

Plus, our Annual Autumn Event is scheduled for 18th October at the Somerset County Cricket Club. Last year saw talks by various professionals on subjects related to bowel cancer including genetics and surgery, as well as a question and answer session by our local professional team. A buffet lunch is provided where we all like to mingle with you along with our professional colleagues. There is also a market place of stalls related to various subjects. Last year saw some extremely positive feedback from attendees that we would like to build upon. Our aim is to continue to raise the profile of bowel cancer amongst the local population of Somerset, as well as working with our local health care Trust for the continuous improvement of care for patients' diagnosed with bowel cancer through our united patient voice.

If you would like to attend the annual event, please contact the team on 01823 342452  or leave a message on the answer machine including your contact details. We would be delighted to send you further details nearer the time.