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New Patrons for PAC

Positive Action on Cancer is celebrating two new patrons, Nick Jones and Professor Jane Plant.

Nick owns country club, Babington House and Soho House in London. Tricia Greenwood and Jill Miller from PAC met with Nick at Babington on Thursday 13th of June to discuss how best he could support the charity. Both Tricia and Jill were heartened by his enthusiasm and were delighted to show him around their local offices.

Tricia and Jill said, We were thrilled to meet Nick and to know that hes 100% behind us. With his hectic schedule, we think its most generous of him to accept the role and we look forward to working together.

Nick said when agreeing to become a patron. Thank you for your kind invitation to become a Patron of Positive Action on Cancer. I am delighted to accept and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship

Nick was impressed at how the dedication and hard work of a small team have produced a service of significance for the local community. He was especially appreciative of the service since his own mother sadly died of cancer recently. Nick has pledged his support to PAC and has promised to do all he can to raise the profile of the charity and to help generate much needed funding so that it will continue to be a vital resource, available to all who need it.

Tricia and Jill will be meeting with Professor Jane Plant sometime later this month. Jane has also agreed to become a patron of PAC. Jane is an eminent scientist who herself has had breast cancer. Jane works for the British Geological Survey and is the author of two best selling books about breast cancer - Your Life in Your Hands Understanding and Overcoming Breast Cancer and The Plant Programme

Hike for Health
The 'Hike for Health' walk from Bath to London will take place in October starting on Thursday 3rd, and arriving in London on Sunday 13th.

The walk is to raise funds for the Little Gift Theatre Company - to allow it to continue to offer subsidised performances of the play 'Time Bomb' to Hospices, Hospitals, Teaching hospitals, schools and colleges throughout the U.K; funds raised will also sponsor the making of a video of the play, - and for Positive Action on cancer for which funds are needed to ensure the service can continue to offer free counselling for carers, family, friends as well as the cancer patients themselves.

As a prelude to the walk, Jon Haines, a partner with McAllister's Estate agent in Frome, is organising a convoy of 'Classic' cars to drive from Frome to London passing through each town that Gwyn and Jill will walk. The lead car will be decorated with 'Hike for Health' logos and the logos of the event sponsors. The cars will set off from Babington House country club - owned by one of PAC's patrons, Nick Jones - after a photoshoot . The cars will drive to Soho House in London - also owned by Nick Jones - where they will be met for another photo-shoot and refreshments before the journey home.

The convoy will leave Babington at around 8.30 and will return to Frome early that evening.

The classic cars will be in Frome town centre sometime before the walk to generate interest and collect donations - look out for publicity over the next few weeks.

Sponsored Swim

LINDA Vowell, daughter Tracey and Tracey's daughter Polly Gattiker (left) added a new dimension to the sponsored swim organised by Positive Action on Cancer at Frome Leisure Centre on Saturday. The three generations invited sponsors to guess how many lengths they would swim in total.

The actual lengths completed were 416, with Polly swimming a mile (64 lengths).

A bottle of wine was won by Sally Merry whose nearest guess was 415. The second prize winner was Amy Bentley with 412.

Nine year old Annie Aldam swam her first mile, having swum no more than two lengths before Saturday. Sophie Ellwood, 12, swam 100 lengths, Holly Coleman, 12, swam 82 lengths. Annie is a Year 6 pupil at Oaklield . Sophie and Holly are Year 8 Pupil at Selwood School.

Anonymous Donation

An anonymous donation of �5,000 has recently boosted the funds of Positive Action on Cancer. Tricia Greenwood and Jill Miller would like to take this opportunity to thank the nameless benefactor. The donation along with a grant from Mendip Primary Care Trust will help to protract the work of this valuable cancer counselling service.

The directors and the trustees of Positive Action on Cancer would also like to thank volunteers and sponsors for their support and hard work in helping to organise our last two fundraising events.

The Jumble sale, held on November 10th at St Johns Hall raised �200. Money is still being collected from the October sponsored swim, so as yet we cannot announce a final sum.

The community involvement in these two events is as important as the money raised. It�s a great comfort to know that Positive Action on Cancer has the support and kindness of the local community at the heart of its service. Thank you Frome.

20th Nov Press release

Time Bomb at the RUH

An audience of around fifty, mostly health professionals, gathered in one of the auditoriums of the Royal United Hospital in Bath for the last performance of �Time Bomb� this year. The play and the after show discussion time was a great success.

Organiser Maggie Crow said after the performance, "I knew it was going to be good, but I didn�t expect it to be as brilliant as it was"

�Time Bomb� is a work in progress and the company are working on two more ideas and a song to include for performances next year. Bookings are already being made for next year.

The two performers in �Time Bomb� Gwyn and Harwood and Jill Miller are busy preparing their next fund raising event. They plan to walk from Bath to London next year, using the Kennet and Avon Canal route, (please check spelling Neil) with a few well known people meeting up with them at strategic points along the way. (More information about them will be divulged later) The journey will take the duo between 8 and 10 days.

If you want to pledge support or sponsorship you can contact Gwyn and Jill through this website or email them at: littlegifttheatre@yahoo.com