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Isle of Wedmore Society – Thursday 30 May

Please note that as the Masonic Hall may be required as a Polling Station for EU Elections on 23 May, the May monthly meeting will now take place ON THURSDAY 30 MAY in the Wedmore Masonic Hall, at 7.30 pm.

The speaker will be Diana Grant and her talk will be titled ‘Bumble – Bringing cancer care closer to home.’ The talk will be followed by the Society’s Annual General Meeting. Members free. Visitors £3, with free tea/coffee and biscuits afterwards. Please note there are no meetings June-August and the next meeting will be on 26 September.

Contact: Ian Tomes, 01934
710390

Report of May Isle of Wedmore Society Meeting

We welcomed Diana Grant and Paul Wilson from ‘Hope for Tomorrow’ a week later than scheduled for our May meeting due to the European Elections. The mobile chemotherapy unit is operated by nurses from the Beacon Centre at Musgrove Hospital in Taunton and the specially adapted lorry covers West Mendip, Bridgwater, Chard and Minehead areas and saves patients travelling miles to Taunton.

There are 10 lorries operating all over the country and they all have ladies’ names and the Somerset one is called Bumble named after Stirling Moss’s (the racing driver’s) mother. The bus operates four days a week and is able to accommodate up to 18 patients a day depending on how long each patient requires. Each lorry costs £250,000 and the funds are raised by ‘Hope for Tomorrow’ which is a national charity dedicated to raising the running costs and the NHS pays for the treatment and the nurses.

Bringing the lorry nearer to patients’ homes means it takes the stress out of having the treatment in hospital and the atmosphere on the bus is very relaxed. We were given a very interesting talk by the chemotherapy nurse Diana and the volunteer driver Paul, which bought home to us all what an absolutely marvellous service they offer.

The Society now has a break until our next talk on 26 September which is by Trevor Prideaux on the Turnip Prize.

Chris Edwards, Isle of Wedmore Society

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