EVENT NEWS & UPDATES
We are deeply saddened at the passing of former Treasurer and founder member, Michael Beck, last week. Michael was always dedicated to the Wessex Stoma Support Group and was always happy to be involved in everything the Group did. Michael will be greatly missed by all of the Group and our thoughts and prayers are with Michael's family at this difficult time.
It is with great regret that we have taken the decision to cancel our Easter Craft Fair scheduled to take place on Saturday 21st March due to the CoronaVirus situation.
We feel that the safety of the public, our members, volunteers and supporters must come first and we have therefore decided that this is for the best.
Our thanks go to the Committee who have worked so hard on arranging this and to everyone who has supported us so far.
Whilst this is a blow, we look forward to our next Craft Fair in November and hope that all our lovely supporters will join us then.
If you are a WSSG member and are concerned at all, please do give us a call on 07799 863766.
We know there is ample advice out there but we're always happy to have a chat if you have any concerns.
Thank you for your understanding.
Saturday 6th March 2020 - We had a wonderful full meeting at the Bob Blandford Memorial Scout Hall, with five stoma supply exhibitors and a speaker who gave a presentation and advice about how to avoid scams. We were also thrilled to be joined by Suzie, Stoma Nurse Specialist at Salisbury District Hospital. Our thanks to everyone who attended and spoke at the meeting. As always, a great day was had by all.
Saturday 29th February 2020 - On Saturday we held a Awareness and Collection Day at Tesco, Southampton Road, Salisbury. We were thrilled to be able to speak with so many people, some ostomates and some not. We're so grateful to our members who gave up their time to help out and to everyone who stopped for a chat or to donated. We raised a wonderful £105 towards the running of the Group. Every opportunity to spread the word about issues for ostomates is greatly appreciated.
Michael Beck BEM wins Spire FM Local Hero Lifetime Achievement Award 2020 - Founding member, Michael Beck, has won the Spire FM Local Hero Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the community. Our congratulations go to Michael Beck for picking up this brilliant award for your hard work.
Friday 29th November - 45 members and guests of the WSSG gathered at the White Hart Hotel, Salisbury, for our annual Christmas Lunch. A highlight of the year, we enjoyed an afternoon of fun, great food and laughter. Much fun was had by all and certainly no one went away hungry! We were thrilled to be joined by representatives from Irwin Mitchell, Coloplast and Fittleworth, all companies who have supported us throughout the year. Following a lovely meal, we held a Christmas Raffle and wished each other a Happy Christmas and New Year!! Our next big social event is a trip to the Panto at Salisbury Playhouse. Oh yes, it is!!
Wednesday 11th September - Members of the WSSG piled on board a coach to the Isle of Wight. We headed for Southampton for the ferry across. It was a great journey across, slightly choppy but beautiful all the same. When we got across to the island at Cowes, our coach driver took us to Ryde, we went our separate ways, although we seemed to separate into groups. After dinner, we wandered around beautiful Ryde for a few hours, taking in the glorious views and poking around the quaint shops. Although it was a little overcast, generally the weather was great and we all had a lovely time roaming around the lovely place. All too soon, and after a group photo, it was time to get back on the coach and head back to Cowes where we again boarded the ferry and took the lovely journey over to Southampton. There was great excitement when we got there to see huge cruise liners in dock and we all imagined ourselves sailing off to a lovely sunny holiday destination! A great day was had by all and we're all looking forward to next year's outing.
The WSSG Carers, those whose partners have a stoma, gathered at Roberts Tea Shop in Britford on 29th May to sit down to cream tea and cake to chat in an informal atmosphere away from the rest of the Group. Such gatherings are the heart of the Wessex Stoma Support Group. Our next Carers' afternoon is Wednesday 2nd October.
On 11th September the Group will be visiting the Isle of Wight for a day trip. Following the success of previous trips, most recently to Lyme Regis, we look to do at least one trip per year, which is free to paid up members (and open to family and friends for a small charge). We will be leaving from West Street Car Park in Wilton at 9am and travelling by coach and ferry to the Isle of Wight for a day out. Members can go off and do their own thing or they can stick together. Either way, we're sure everyone will have a wonderful time. If you would like more information, please contact us for details.