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2017 PGP's Appeal
THE CROKUS CLUB
The Crokus Club was originally established 17 years ago by the staff on the Ear, Nose and Throat Ward at Edith Cavell Hospital in Peterborough for those affected by cancer of the larynx. Regular meetings were held for patients and their families, with friendships forming and advice and experiences exchanged. The group became affiliated to The National Association of Laryngectomee Clubs and gained charity status.
As with many laryngectomy clubs throughout the UK, the decision was made in 2011 to offer support to not solely laryngectomees but to those affected by all the other head and neck cancers, and the group became The Peterborough Head and Neck Cancer Support Group – the Crokus Club
This move proved to be very successful and support is now given to – and by – patients and families living in a large area of East Anglia.
We have a good “Buddying” system; if requested, committee members are happy to visit patients before, during and after treatment. We also meet every other month on a Wednesday afternoon when and all patients, carers and family can get together if they feel like it. For patients – or family members – who would like contact but prefer not to have face to face meetings, regular phone and email contact can also be made if requested.
The Crokus Club work closely with Macmillan and the Head & Neck Unit at Peterborough City Hospital, with hospital representatives also sitting on the committee. Committee Officers represent the Crokus Club at national and regional Macmillan conferences and forums and attend the Peterborough City Hospital Head and Neck MDT AGM in addition to taking part in the Peterborough Cancer Services User Group..
Macmillan generously awarded the Crokus Club a Supporting You to Help Others grant which enabled us to start up the website and we hope it will help those seeking information about cancer of the tongue, sinus, saliva gland, tonsil, larynx and other head and neck cancers. It is a place where contact can be made with those having gone through the same experience and support can be shared.
We also have a directory of links to benefits claims, transport, lifestyle changes and other sites, telephone numbers and address that could be of help at a time when help is needed.
BINGO & FISH & CHIP SUPPER
A Bingo & Fish at Chip Supper was held at the Farcet Village Club on Friday the 8th of September hosted by the Fenman Club. A total of £311 was raised by a Raffle on the night but this is expected to increase as donations to the PGP's Appeal have been promissed.
The Valiant Lodge hosted a Bar-B-Q at the Stamford Bowls Club on Sunday 30th of July. The PGP thanked everyone for their support as well as the people who put in the hard work ensuring the event was a success. The Chairman of the Peterborough Branch of the Crokus Club gave a presentation explaining the history and operation of the organisation and how funds raised are distributed.
2016 PGP's Appeal
Bro. Tony Hallam, ROH, IPPGP, presented a cheque to Amy Clark representing last years Charity Appeal 'Little Miracles'.
Amy addressed PGL to thank Tony and the assembled Brothers & Ladies for the cheque and to explain the aim of 'Little Miracles' & to explain why she got involved and what activities the children get up to.
Amy said: "Without the support of groups like you we wouldn't be able to work with families tp provide events and days out for disabled children in Peterborough."
Tony made special mention of the support given by Romayne Scotney thanking her for her tremendous efforts year on year.
December PGL saw further presentations to the PGP, Bro. Jim Hartigan, ROH, PPGP 2011, presented a cheque for £100 and Romayne Scotney, Buffess of Bro. Barry, ROH, PPGP, presented a cheque for the magnificent figure of £450. Romayne has supported every PGP since Barry lead the Province in 2006, fantastic effort once again, we all thank you. A raffle to support the appeal was also held on the night, a bottle of Wine donated by Bro. Werner Dukamp, ROH, PPGP and raised another £42 - well done to all involved.
At the October 2016 Bro. Rod MacGregor of the Locomotive Lodge presented the PGP with a cheque for £115 from the Bannister Cup Fishing Competition.