The Musgrove Leukaemic Group Somerset (MLGS) was formed to raise money for the benefit of leukaemia and lymphoma patients and their families in Somerset. It relies entirely on voluntary contributions and spends less than five pence in every pound on administration and fund raising. Since its formation in 1978 the MLGS has raised over £3,000,000 (see news feature below).
The proceeds of our current fundraising will be directed towards the running costs of the new Mobile Chemotherapy Unit (see below) and providing any additional equipment the medical staff deem necessary to ensure patients have the best possible experience when receiving treatment. The MLGS have also agreed to purchase thirteen infusion pumps and four chemotherapy chairs for the day unit in the Brecon Centre.
The Children's Unit has a Vital Signs Monitor on order and we have also offered to fund the replacement of the furniture and equipment in the Relatives' Room. In 2010 we funded the refurbishment of the Treatment Room, Patients' Day Room and Relatives' Room on Ward 9 and are now in discussions regarding the creation of a Wet Room to enable wheelchair access and a Young Persons' Dayroom. The MLGS also pays for the services of the Complementary Therapist.
The MLGS is a UK registered charity, No.1036580.
"Bumble's" 5th Birthday Party
Over the past five years, Hope for Tomorrow's Somerset Mobile Chemotherapy Unit, 'Bumble' has been bringing cancer treatment closer to home, visiting communities across the county.
During this time, Bumble has saved cancer patients over 30,000 hours in travel and waiting time and has alleviated many of the stresses and strains associated with travelling long distances for treatment.
The Unit is owned by Hope for Tomorrow and operated by Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, with support from the Musgrove Leukaemic Group. A fifth birthday party to celebrate this landmark was recently held at Bridgwater Community Hospital. Attended by patients, nurses and supporters who have kept the wheels turning on Bumble over the past 5 years, staff from Hope for Tomorrow, Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and members of Musgrove Leukaemic Group, it was the perfect way to celebrate 'Bumble's' success.
Please see additional information here.
MLGS shortlisted by Sainsburys Bridgwater as charity of the year
MLGS is one of three charities shortlisted by Sainsburys Bridgwater as their charity of the year. Voting is in store or online at www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk from 15th to 28th June.
Simon Davies Bike Ride
Simon Davies is a consultant at the hospital and is currently riding in a cycling event from Holyhead to the Severn Bridge. Please visit his blog to support him.
Maureen Hudson MBE
Huge congratulations to Maureen for her MBE in the New Year Honours List. Maureen lost a son Andrew to leukaemia in 1975, and was instrumental in setting up the Musgrove Leukaemic Group in 1978 so that patients could receive treatment in Taunton rather than having to travel to Bristol or Southampton.
Maureen has remained a Trustee and a very active member for 36 years, in which time the Group has raised over £3.1 million. Her award is richly deserved.
Mobile Chemotherapy Unit to be out four days a week
Tesco have added a power point in the car park of their Chard store. This means that from 2 September 2014 the Mobile Unit will be available four days a week, at Bridgwater, Minehead, Mendip and Chard. It will have a "deep clean" every fifth day.
New facilities funded at Musgrove
Until recently certain patients have needed to travel to Bristol of Yeovil every four weeks to receive specialist treatment, known as Nebulised Pentamidine. Now MLGS has been able to fund the special equipment and furniture needed in Ward 9 at Musgrove Park. This means that those patients can now receive the treatment locally.
£3 million raised!
MLGS has now raised a remarkable £3M since its formation in 1978
The photograph shows a cake made specially to celebrate. With it are Maureen Hudson (one of the original foundersa and current Trustees), Simon Bolam (Consultant Haematologist), Caren Attree (Ward ( Sister), and Trish Reed (MLGS Chairperson).
New Transplant Coordinator Nurse Appointed
Becca Saunders has been appointed to this post, which means that transplants will be able to continue at Musgrove. MLGS will sponsor her for three years, after which NHS will pay her salary.
Becca is shown with Bernard Reed of the MLGS.
Chemotherapy Mobile Unit - 5th Anniversary
The 7th of December was the 5th Anniversary of the start of this service. It has enabled patients in Bridgwater, Chard, Minehead and West Mendip to receive their treatment without having to travel to Taunton.
The MLGS together with the NHS and HOPE for Tomorrow marked the occasion with a small "birthday party" attended by supporters and patients at Bridgwater Hospital to celebrate the success of the project.
Please see our Achievements page for more news on new equipment funded by the MLGS.
Please see our Events page for details of this and our other fund raising activities.
For Jane Rhodes 1956 - 2000