PHOTO: Members of the nursing and support team receiving awareness training from Cancer Hair Care
We are delighted that after funding a three month pilot project at Withybush Hospital aimed at supporting cancer patients who are experiencing hair loss our Trustees have agreed to provide the funding for an expanded project to be known as the “Heads Up” initiative which will run over a two year period in Pembrokeshire.
Trish George, charity treasurer said “The support offered to Pembrokeshire patients during the pilot period was very well received, where valuable information and advice, together with practical support were the key features of the project. Hair loss is a worrying issue for many men and women who are faced with chemotherapy, but the help offered prior to the pilot was limited. The pilot project was delivered by national charity Cancer Hair Care who are professionals in this area of expertise and they have agreed to deliver an expanded programme across the whole of the Hywel Dda area.”
Lead cancer nurse with Hywel Dda University Health Board, Gina Beard MBE, was instrumental in getting the pilot project off the ground and its proved to be very popular with patients who attend the Cancer Day Unit for their treatment.
Gina commented “During the three month pilot period the team at Cancer Hair Care proved to be excellent in engaging with our patients in tackling what can only be a highly sensitive and emotive subject of hair loss. The charity has drawn on their experience and shared their knowledge with sensitivity which has made such a difference to the participants. The charity has also raised helpful knowledge and understanding within of our clinical team.
Thanks to charitable funding we are now rolling out the programme across the Hywel Dda University Health Board area at all four of our hospitals and we are particularly grateful to local charity Withybush Hospital Cancer Day Unit Appeal who are coming on this journey with us by providing £49,500 of funding needed to take the Pembrokeshire project forward”.
Extra Support for Patients
A special thank you to Goff Thornberry from Hook for his wonderful donation of £3,000 which he made on behalf of his late brother Michael.
A keen supporter of local charities,it was Michaels wish that part of his estate should go to support the work of the Unit.
Our thanks to the Thornberry family for this generous donation which will be put to good use
Goff Thornberry presenting his cheque to Bernie George, charity Trustee
Teeing Off for Charity
(l-r) Zoe, Hayley and Bernie George (charity Trustee)
Hats off to the amazing team at Dragon LNG who organised a highly successful charity Golf Day on Friday 28th July at Milford Haven Golf Club.
With over 100 participant golfers from Dragon LNG and local businesses the organisation for the day was faultless and resulted in raising lots of donations for the Cancer Day Unit Appeal.
The second event of its kind to support local charities, we were invited to join them in the clubhouse as their "charity of the year" to help with the fundraising.
A great experience and thanks to Lynette Round for her support and to the "professionals" - Zoe and Hayley
Special thanks to all the golfers for their generosity
“I love this fringe, I’m so glad you came along with your trolley because I wouldn’t have approached you. I feel transformed” Janice
"Heads Up" - Improving Support for Patients Facing Hair Loss During Treatment
Our charity is really pleased to contribute funding for a pilot initiative being delivered at our Cancer Day Unit by national charity Cancer Hair Care who are leading experts in hair loss.
The pilot aims to improve knowledge and understanding for both those who are nursing patients going through chemotherapy and the patients themselves who are able to consider a number of head products which meet their needs.
Jasmin from Cancer Hair Care has provided two invaluable staff training sessions and has set up a"Pop up" stall in the waiting room where she made herself available to patients attending. They were offered information related to hair loss, support packs relevant for them personally (information sheets, false eyelashes, sleep caps, fringes etc). She also visited patients in the treatment area who were receiving treatment on that day.
"Heads Up!" will continue to offer contact and resource to Pembrokeshire patients as part of the pilot and Jasmin plans to return again in July with other members of the Cancer Hair Care Team - this will include a community event being held on Monday 10th July from 1:45pm at the Haverhub, Old Post Office,Quay Street,Haverfordwest -
All are welcome!
Phone 01438 311322 to book a place
As part of the 'Head's Up' pilot project Gill received a one to one consultation and support pack with brow stencils, headwear and other specialist hair loss items.
Charity of the Year - Dragon LNG
How pleased are we to have been chosen as Dragon LNG's Charity of the Year!
A major energy supplier to the national grid and based here in Pembrokeshire, the company employs over 100 employees so we were delighted to hear that we were chosen by the workforce.
We were invited to meet with members of the Social Wellbeing Committee recently to update them on our activities and to learn of their plans to raise funds on our behalf over the coming twelve months.
Our thanks to all involved for supporting our charity in this way.
Only The Best for Pembrokeshire Patients
We are delighted to be able to fund the upgrade of furnishings within PHODU.
The chairs shown aside were "road tested" by the patients before an order was placed for 12 of them .
They have lots of great features which make them ideal for this environment. They have been well received by the patients who attend the Unit and the nursing team love them.
This would not be possible without the donations we receive on behalf of the Unit.
Holly (left) with the lovely Tracey Thomas
Sharing Vital Knowledge
Our charity has agreed to contribute 50% of the cost of a supernumary nursing post over a three year period based at PHODU Withybush Hospital.
This innovative initiative will enable the post holder to shadow, on a day to day basis, the work of the existing nurse specialist , follow established training programmes and short visits to similar specialist teams across South Wales to help widen knowledge.
PHODU team member Sister Holly Golden has recently been appointed to the post and has already gained significant knowledge and skills in this specialist area of nursing. Working alongside Sister Tracey Thomas the project will increase the knowledge base and safeguard skills within the clinical nursing team at Withybush in the years to come.
We are so delighted to support this initiative
as it's a meaningful way that we can use the donations we have received for the good of patients.
Good luck Holly!
Help with Costs
We have now extended our Patient Support Grant (financial support) to cancer patients who , after being diagnosed with cancer at Withybush Hospital, need to have some of the treatment they require provided at another hospital.
For details -ask your nurse or the Pembrokeshire Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service
Sian is pictured presenting her donation to the nursing team
Well Done Sian!
Plucky Sian-Elin Davies signed up for this years CARTEN cycle challenge to help raise funds for the
Cancer Day Unit at Withybush Hospital.
CARTEN took place on May 7th and involved a cycle journey of 110 miles!
Why this challenge?
Sian decided to cycle in memory of her brother and her Dad who were both supported by the nursing teams at Withybush Hospital.
Before the event Sian commented:
"This will be my first challenge since I had back surgery a few years ago and although I’m feeling super anxious, I’m going give it a damn good shot!
Thanks to the wonderful support Sian has had she completed the course and has exceeded her target of £1,000 with the total currently standing at £1,600 - Wow! Please visit her fundraising page here:
The Results Are In !
Four well known faces of the PHODU nursing team at Withybush participated in last years Cardiff Virtual Half Marathon and received incredible support from the local community.
We can confirm that a final total of £1,368 was pledged in support of their efforts and is likely to rise further with Gift Aid.
This hard working team made the time to train for the event and all four completed their challenge.
Thank you so much to the nurses and to those who supported them with donations.
Above: Suzann, Jenny,Tracey and Leann
Helen is pictured 2nd right with Penny
Cycling in Support of Others
Members of the CDU Nursing team were delighted to join us outside the hospital to accept a cheque from Helen Coles and Penny Lees. They both completed a challenging five day West to East cycle journey across England (some 200 plus miles) in aid of the CDU.
Helen, an ex-patient at the Unit, received amazing support from friends and family, raising an incredible £5,700 in the process.
What a challenge !
Well done from all at the charity.
30 Swims in 30 Days Achieved!
Alan Williams and his vast band of supporters held their final swim on the 30th June at Broad Haven. Thanks to his efforts and the wonderful support he has had, the result is a generous £1,300 to our charity with a similar amount going to local mental health charity -Get The Boys a Lift.
Alan commented on the experience:
"I wish to thank every single person for their involvement. 30 days 30 swims in memory of Branka was a small idea which snowballed into an uplifting and emotional event. It has been completed with everybody's encouragement and support. Your generosity has amazed me. Thank you one and all."
New Cancer Support Service in Pembrokeshire
The Old Mill Foundation based in Penclawdd has expanded its service of CANCER SUPPORT by opening a facility in the Narberth and in Haverfordwest.
The Foundation's aim is to provide emotional and physical support by taking an holistic approach to help promote health and well-being.
Services include reflexology, massage, reiki, crystals, hot stone therapy, bio-aura clearance and Indian head massage.
Look out for future updates.
Valuable Hi Tec Items Are on Their Way
We are delighted that our charity is funding some new equipment which will enhance the work of the nursing team. In the next few weeks PHODU nurses will each have access to their own I-Pad to assist them in recording and sharing up to the minute patient data with clinical colleagues.
In addition, we have purchased the latest in height and weight monitoring equipment.
(see our OUR PURCHASES page)
An Afternoon to Treasure
Following the recent closure of our charity shop the Trustees decided to arrange a thank you get together for all of our fantastic volunteers at wonderful
Crug Glas Country House.
All were treated to a lovely afternoon tea provided by Sandra and her team at Crug Glas and we were delighted to be joined by most of the nursing team from the Cancer Day Unit who wanted to offer their thanks.
Support for Pembrokeshire Cancer Patients
In respose to a request which came from the senior nursing team at the Pembrokeshire Haematology and Oncology Day Unit, our charity is now able to support most cancer patients or their carers who are struggling with their finances as a result of their cancer diagnosis.
For more information contact the Macmillan Cancer Support advice centre at the entrance to Withybush Hospital. Alternatively, speak to one of the cancer clinicians at Withybush Hospital.