I worked in the Nuclear Power industry as a mechanical engineer from 1964 to1993, firstly at Whetstone, Leics, and from 1986 at Knutsford, Cheshire. I took early retirement in 1993 due to a major reorganisation in the nuclear industry. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in late 2000, and subsequently underwent radiotherapy treatment at Christies Hospital in Manchester in early 2001. Around that time I joined the North of England Prostate Cancer Support group based in Cheadle Hulme and gained so much assurance about my condition and optimism for the future from their meetings. I relocated back to Leicestershire in 2004 with my wife, Sheila, to be nearer our families, and became a member of PCSA (CE). I became a trustee and group Treasurer in 2005, and have played an active role in setting up our Awareness Events. I became Chairman of the Association in 2014. Sheila and I are active supporters of Guide Dogs For the Blind, initially as Puppy Walkers, and currently as Boarders.
Brian Cooley, Chairman and Treasurer
After a life in IT, I retired in 2002. I soon volunteered at Coventry Citizens Advice - where I worked until the end of 2009. In 2004 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The Prostate Cancer Support Association (Central England), led by Keith Hicks, was such a valuable and welcoming source of advice and help that I joined soon after my operation. I subsequently volunteered as a trustee, and have been on the board ever since 2006 - when the Association started organising Awareness Events to alert men to the risks of prostate cancer and to offer PSA tests to those aged 50 and over. Since then we have tested nearly 2000 men, and I remain firmly committed to promoting such events. I took over from Brian Atkins as secretary in 2010. I'm also on the board of trustees for New Central Credit Union, Coventry.
Peter Smith, Secretary
I have worked as a qualified nurse within the NHS throughout my career both in local (Nuneaton and Coventry) hospitals, and predominantly within a community setting. In my professional role I have seen huge progress in prostate cancer treatment but still feel there is a need for increased public awareness around early diagnosis. I retired earlier than planned to support my husband, Len, through his prostate cancer journey. I'm pleased to say that he is 8 years post surgery and keeping well. I have a huge conviction that partners need just as much support on this journey as the patient. Hence my decision to represent a partner's point of view on the committee.
Jenny Randell, Trustee
Jenny Randell, Trustee
UHCW Support Group - Christmas meeting
4 Dec 2017 17:30–19:00
C&NW Prostate Cancer Support Group Christmas Lunch
7 Dec 2017 12:30–15:00