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26th April 2015


Matthew Evans has kindly offered to run the marathon for us. Matthew lives in Tenby. He has set up a donating page on Virginmoneygiving.com. Should anyone wish to sponsor him on line, please go to:-

www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/captaincymru to access Matthew Evans's fundraising page.

Matthew IS the real Caped Crusader !! (Captain Cymru).


November 30th 2014
We were granted an oppotunity to hold a bucket collection at Marks & Spencers store at Culverhouse Cross. We set up our stand and banners and gave out our leaflets to aise awareness with customers who kindly donated. The stand was manned by Helen,Brenda,Sarah, Georgina and Cy. £217 was raised on the day.
Many thanks to Marks & Spencers for allowing this opportunity.


Sponsored canal walk
Tracey Samson did a 7 mile walk on Saturday 6th September along the Mon & Brecon canal with 20 of her friends. The walk started at Goytre Wharf and ended at the Open Hearth pub in Sebastopol. Donating buckets were carried along the route.

A total of £2,340 was raised. A very BIG 'Thank You' to all the girls who took part and raised this magnificent sum. Well done!

Tracey's daughter Lucy made a lot of Loom bands and sold them on the day for a £1 each. Well done Lucy for helping Mummy raise money for thyroid cancer. Lucy raised £32

Tracey said it was an amazing experience with people on the canal donating and asking about thyroid cancer. This was a super effort to raise awareness of thyroid cancer in September. Well done Tracey and all your friends.

Summer Party July 18th

The Summer Party was held at the Seashore Grill in Sully. This was the fifth consequtive year it has been held. It proved to be a great success again. We are gratefull to Macdonald's Barry and Fordthorn for their generous sponsorship.
A total of £1600 was raised on the night!
A very big Thank You to Helen for organising this ever popular event.

July- Race for Life

Ceri Evans and six of her friends did the Race for Life and have raised over £1600 in sponsorship via Virginmoneygiving.com A super performance from Team Evans. Well done, ladies we are proud of you. Thank you all for a super performance in aid of Group funds.

Monday 12th May.

The Soiree was held at the home of Hywel and Gwyneth Jeffreys. The singers and artistes gave a super performance throughout the evening which was enjoyed by all. It was a full house! A super buffet was served during the interval. A total of £2000 was raised on the night! A well supported evening. Thanks to Hywel and Gwyneth and their committe of the "Hippodrome Theatre Company" for putting on this event for us to raise funds.


London Marathon 2014

John completed the marathon in a very respectable time of 3hrs.19mins.49secs!
We are all very grateful for your massive effort to raise funds for our Group. Everyone is sending their CONGRATULATIONS !!
Donations received as at 14th April are £985 and counting!

Many thanks John from everyone at the Group for a superb effort on our behalf, we are most grateful!

Some photos from the day


A well earned drink !! ..............................................Winner takes the medal !

Thank you!, Thank you!, Thank you !

John Williams has kindly agreed to run the London Marathon this year on the 13th April to raise funds for our Support Group. John is the son of one of my friends and I have known him since he was four years old! He is now a married man with two lovely childen, living in Surrey.

We are very grateful to John for his contribution to our charity.Please, please support John by donating via Virginmoneygiving.com and please tick the Gift Aid box so that we can maximise your donation by claiming back an extra 25% of your donation from HMRC.

Please click the following link and donate. Thank you. Virginmoneygiving.com/johnwilliams75


Travel Insurance
We are pleased to offer this connection to this independant insurance broker who will make a donation to our Group if you actually take a policy through them.

JustTravelCover.com are a specialist travel insurance provider who can cover up to 98% of all medical conditions and are able to consider cover for terminal illness. As an independant intermediary they will search several insurers on your behalf during one quick quote. Call them on 0800 231 5532 or (click here) to visit our website.

For each policy which goes ahead, JustTravelCover.com will make a donation to the Thyroid Cancer Support Group - Wales.

Please mention the support group to the company when making enquiries for quotes and taking out a policy.



We have registered our Group to take advantage of this service.

Please help us raise extra funding by purchasing your online items via this website. It costs you nothing, as the retailer donates up to 3% of the value of your purchase to our support group.

Please log in to www.givingabit.com and link to 'Thyroid cancer support group -Wales' then choose which retailer you wish to purchase from online.

July 2013

Summer Party

The annual summer party was held on Friday 19th July. It was a truly summer's evening weatherwise. Eighty five friends and family had a thoroughly enjoyabe evening. A total of over £1000 was raised from this event.
Many thanks to Helen for all her hard work in organising this popular event which has become a firm favourite on the Group's calender of events. Thanks again Helen, you are a human dynamo!!

We have been nominated by thenationwide Nationwide Building Society as one of three charities to benefit from their Community Match programme.
There will be voting stations in branches for people to vote for their preferred charity. Please go along to your local branch of the Nationwide and cast your vote for our charity.
If our charity receives the most votes of the three charities, we would receive a donation of £500. Please vote!

May 2013

Thanks to Gil Cardell (past Chair of the group) for organising a raffle in work of a wishing well filled with flowers. Thanks to David Williams for making the wishing well. The raffle raised £127.

Recipe books

These have sold exceptionly well.The first print run of 500 sold out within weeks! A second print run of 250 has almost sold out. An amazing fund raising effort by Helen for the NATT project.


National Anaplastic Thyroid cancer Tissue bank. (NATT).

The main thrust of our fund raising efforts will be directed to provide financial help to set up and maintain this tissue bank to enable research into Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer.

The cost of setting up the tissue bank will be in the order of £10,500.

The Support Group has pledged to fund the whole project.

The tissue bank will be set up in Cardiff and will enable researchers from the UK, Europe and the rest of the world to access samples for their research. This is the rarest form of thyroid cancer (only about 0.17 per 100,000).

Book of Recipes

"Favourite Foods of the Famous ....and not so famous" will cost £5 per copy. All proceeds to support NATT project.

You've read the rest, now read the best!! Don't miss out on this opportunity!

If you would like copies, please contact us by phone 0845 0092737 and we will take your details and arrange payment.



Our quizes continue to generate funds.

Our sincere thanks to IG Graphics for their continued generous support of our quiz. It is greatly appreciated!

Integrated Graphics Limited (www.igprint.com)
Unit 8, Palmerston Workshops
Palmerston Road
CF63 2YZ

Tel.no. 01446 500680


July 6th 2012

The Summer Party was held at the Seashore Grill and Function rooms in Sully Friday 6th July. A total of £814 was raised from this event. Many thanks to Helen Hobrough for organising this popular event. See 'Events' page for more details and photos of the evening)

June 2012

We are very grateful for the kind donation of £200 from the Ford Engine plant charities organisation in Bridgend towards our fund raising target

April 2012

Book of Recipes

We are asking famous people to give us one of their favourite recipies.(It can be for a starter, a main course or a sweet).
We hope to sell the books in September to raise awareness of thyroid cancer and to raise funds for the group.

If anyone would like to add a recipe, they would be most welcome (you don't have to be famous to add a recipe!!).
Just email us at thyroidgroup@tiscali.co.uk

June 2011

We would like to thank Paul Marks for his generous donation of £50 for the use of the latest quiz sheets.

May 22nd 2011

Sponsored Walk

Sixteen members and families took part in the sponsored walk from Velindre Cancer Centre to Cardiff Castle and return.
Many thanks to Brenda Beckingham for organising the walk.
The route was along the Taff Trail through park land along the river Taff. The weather stayed dry but was windy.
A picnic was enjoyed at the half way point before the return walk to Velindre. Everyone enjoyed themselves being out in the fresh air and socialising with other members and their families.

Thanks to everyone who took part

Some of the group at the start of the Walk.

The walkers on the return journey.

July 2010

The Summer Party was held on Friday 16th July at the Seashore Grill in Sully again this year. It was a resounding success!
Thanks to Helen and Brenda for organising the event.

A total of £682 was raised by this event.

April 2010

We are very grateful for a donation of £180 from Steve and Helen Creed who held a cowboy and cowgirl party at their house and held a collectionand decided to donate to our support group, thanks to Leighton. Here is a picture to record the happy group. Thanks to everyone who took part.



March 2010

We are grateful for the donation of £250 raised by Rhian (Helen's daughter) and her fellow students at the Bristol Veterinary School. They performed a pantomime to raise funds for charities.
Many thanks Rhian and your fellow students for this very kind gesture.


October 2009

We are grateful to Macmillan 'Helping you, help others' grant programme for their grant of £1,750 towards the cost of producing a video/DVD to show the process that patients can expect during the radio iodine treatment.

Saturday 19th September 2009

The grand sum of £590 was raised by this event. Many thanks to all the boys who took part.

The Usk Vale Wheelers did a 100 mile sponsored bike ride from Pontypool to Swansea in aid of our Group funds. They left Pontypool at 8.00am and arrived in Swansea at 5.30pm after a hard ride that took in the Black mountains.
We are grateful to Avondale Vehicle Hire (AVG) of Cwmbran (Tel. 01633 483612) for supplying a van at preferencial rates to enable us to retrieve the bikes from Swansea after the ride. Many thanks to Peter.

The Usk Vale Wheelers at the start of their sponsored ride.


Best 'Bib & Tucker' on the day. ..............................Tour leader, Paul issuing final orders.



The group decided that they would like to raise funds to help both existing and new patients. This would take the form of improving the physical environment in the two isolation/treatment rooms used to treat thyroid cancer patients with radio-active iodine at Velindre Hospital.

The first project would be to supply more decorative bedding for use in the rooms. This project has been completed.

The second project would be to organise the set-up of a low maintenance garden outside the windows of each room to provide a more pleasant outlook for patients during their stay in the rooms. This has been ongoing since the middle of 2005.
This project has been completed as of 30th May 2008 with an official opening on this date by Mr Roy Noble OBE.
However, as with any garden it will require ongoing regular maintenance which will be carried by the Group's volunteers several times a year.

The third project would be to create a mural on the wall opposite room B. This project was completed on 28th September 2007. We are grateful to Mrs Jacqui Edwards for volunteering her artistic skills.

The fouth project is to help to refurbish one of the shower cubicles in one of the treatment rooms. This project was completed with a grant of £1,000 from the Group in 2007.
The refurbishment of the second shower room still remains an ongoing project

The fifth project is to replace the noisy inefficient small fridges in the rooms with efficient silent running models.
This was completed in December 2008

July 2009
A summer party was held at the Seashore Grill, Swanbridge on the 17th to raise funds for the group. 83 members and guests had a very enjoyable evening with a super buffet and great entertainment by Ronnie Sax, who is a one man entertainment centre!
(If anyone wants to hire Robbie for a function he can be contacted on 07969473542)

A total of £950 was made during the night. Thanks to everyone who came along to support us.

'Les Girls' enjoying themselves!

The raffle prizes............................Rachel cajoles guests to buy lots of raffle tickets!

Ronnie Sax gives his best performance....... Brian and friends. Glad to see they bought raffle tickets!

........Its 'Les Girls' again! What a 'knees up'! ....................Someone fancies Flying!


Helen is really boogying!


It's that man Liddell again! ...........................Marie with family and friends.

The Caerleon 'contingent'................................Fiona and friends.


September 2008
21members of the Usk Vale Wheelers completed the 100 mile sponsored cycle ride from Pontypool to Swansea on Saturday 20th September.
They left Pontypool at 08.30 and arrived in Swansea at 15.45. A superb effort by all the team to raise funds for our group.

Total amount raised from sponsorship was £1644.50.

A cheque is presented by members of the Wheelers to Cy Davies , Secretary of the Group

A super effort from the Wheelers.

A very BIG THANK YOU to all the boys and those that so generously sponsored them.

August 2008

Thanks go to Paul Marks and the Quiz teams of the Cross Keys pub in Dinas Powis who collected £55 and donated it to the Group.

April 2008
A very big THANK YOU to Rachel, from Cardiff, who has donated £2,000 to the Group.
She did a week long sponsored walk along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, immediately after receiving radioiodine treatment at Velindre Hospital.
We would also like to thank all Rachel's friends and family who have given freely of their support and contributions.

Rachel also raised over £6,000 for Cancer Research Wales.

A brilliant effort Rachel!

We are grateful to Macmillan Cancer Support "Helping You Helping Others" grant programme for a their grant of £975 to help us raise awareness of the Group's activities and the refreshments for the Opening of the Gardens on 30th May.
Many thanks to Anne Mart, Macmillan Development Coordinator for Wales, for her help and support in our application.
Anne can be contacted by phone on 01492 593146 or mobile 07834 192207.

February 2008
We are very grateful to Genzyme Ltd for their generous donation of £500 towards the work of the Group.

November 2007
We are very grateful to Cardiff Round Table for their generous donation of £750 towards the funds for refurbishing the shower cubicle.

January 2007
We were granted a bucket collection outside the Cardiff Rugby Club before the game against Borders on Saturday 6th January. Eleven volunteers assembled including Peter and Ingrid's children Rowanne and Ieuan their help was a great help - many thanks!
A total of £664 was raised for our funds. Grateful thanks to
Mr Gwydion Griffiths of Cardiff Rugby Club
for arranging for us to collect, and Peter Smith for his contact. Thanks also to Scott Liddle for organising the supply of high visibility jackets and getting them printed with our logo! We really looked the part of professional collectors!!


December 2006
Many thanks to Peter Smith for running the Cardiff Half Marathon in aid of the Thyroid Cancer Support Group -Wales. He has donated his sponsorship money of £950 to the Group.A valiant effort!

We have been successful in our application for funding to help purchase a lap top computer for the Group's business. We are very grateful to the Monmouthshire Building Society Charitable Foundation for a grant of 50% match funding.
email mbscf@monbsoc.co.uk

We have also been successful in receiving a grant from Macmillan Cancer Self help and Support www.macmillan.org.uk for £1,156 towards the cost of purchasing booklets about thyroid cancer from the British Thyroid Foundation. The booklets will be given to new patients when they contact us. The grant also helps with stationary and postage costs for these items. Thanks to Anne Mart, Macmillan Development Coordinator for Wales, for her help with our application.

November 2006
The Group is now registered for Gift Aid.

September 2006
Some plants have been bought from Caerphilly Garden Centre and paid for by Barclay's Bank. Nine volunteers planted these plants in the garden on Saturday 30th.

July 2006
3.5 tons of chipped bark was donated by David O'Brien, Tree Surgeons.(Tel 07855781182). This was used to cover the weed control matting over the garden areas.

May 2006
Thanks to Scott Liddel for his contribution of £850 as a result of sponsorship he received for running the London Marathon in April. He completed the course in 5 hours! Well done Scott!
The sale of the trolley tokens has started with some funds already raised being added to the funds.(Thanks to Gil for organising the supply of the tokens).

The Group unanimously agreed at the May meeting to donate £1,000 towards the cost of upgrading the shower cubicle in one of the isolation rooms (see photos below). This will greatly improve the shower facility used by thyroid cancer patients during their stay in the isolation room and provide improved access for less mobile patients. This work is scheduled to be completed by the 19th June.








April 2006

Sarah, one of our members, completed the London Marathon in 5hrs 26mins.42secs and raised over £5,000 for Cancer Research U.K. Well done Sarah!

We would like to thank Gregg's the Bakers Trust for their generous donation of £250 towards the work of the Group.

Our grateful thanks to Barclay's Bank who have agreed sponsorship of £1,500 and volunteers to help with the garden project and the Mural project later this year.

March 2006
We would like to thank David Powell of DP Fencing and Garden Services Cwmbran (Tel. 07970 205185).for his support by providing a strimmer and rotovator for use in clearing the garden area

The Group wishes to recognise the kind donation of £25 vouchers from Scott's Garden Products to enable weed killer to be bought to treat the weeds.

We would like to thank County Industrial Supplies of Pontnewydd, Cwmbran for their recent generous donation of work wear items for use by our volunteers in the garden clearance work which is planned for the Spring.

October 2005
The pictures below show the state of the ground outside each of the isolation rooms in October 2005. This gives some idea of the task that lies ahead for our volunteers to clear this in the Spring and convert the areas into gardens.


The third project would be a mural to be placed on the external brick wall opposite one of the rooms. This would provide an improved outlook for the patients rather than having to look at a brick wall!(See picture below)

Other projects for the benefit of Thyroid Cancer patients will be added to the list as and when identified. Funding will be provided by fundraising events organised by the group.

November 2005
The Group are going to purchase a supply of keyrings/supermarket trolley tokens with our logo embossed on them. These will be sold to raise much needed funds.

October 2005
The project to develop gardens outside the isolation rooms, to create a pleasant outlook for patients during radio-iodine treatment, has been activated. A volunteer, who is a very keen gardener, has agreed to design and supervise the development of the gardens. This will be worked on over the next six to nine months. We will be seeking volunteers to help clear the ground over the next three months.

July 2005
The Secretary had applied to the SouthWales Echo/Barclay's bank for funding for the group following invitations in the Echo for community groups to apply for a share £10,000 funds made available by the Echo in association with Barclay's bank. To date(end of August) no reply has been received!

June 2005
We are indebted to Val Aston, Patient Information Manager for Tenovus at Velindre Hospital for developing an information leaflet to promote the existence of the group to new patients and explaining the aims of the group. It is intended to circulate supplies of the leaflets to GP surgeries and hospital outpatient departments to inform people of the group's existence.

May 2005
Our Chairman, Gil suggested we should raise funds by selling wristbands to promote awareness of the group and to help raise funds. The Group has invested in a supply of wristbands in blue with the group logo and initials in yellow printed around the band. These are being sold at £1 each to raise more funds for the group.

Anyone wishing to purchase a wristband should contact us either by phone or email. (see Contact us for details).

April 2005
At the last meeting, we discussed ways of raising funds for the group. Gil, our chairman, suggested we obtain wristbands with the group logo embossed on them. These could be sold to raise funds for the benefit of the group. This was agreed by the group and Gil was actioned to obtain the supply. Watch this space!

March 2005
We are very pleased to report that the Group has funded the purchase of several complete sets of brightly coloured bedding for use exclusively in the two treatment rooms used by thyroid cancer patients.
We hope that this small measure will help make a more pleasant environment for patients who have to stay in these rooms during their radio iodine treatment.