Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM)
BCA Workshops were held at various venues throughout Lewis & Harris, using the Pink Lady as our Breast Awareness tool.
At a Special Meeting of all Group Members it was agreed unanimously to change the name of the Group to its current name as noted in the Home Page.
OSCR authorised the name change after submitting the relevant Application and New Constitution.
The Annual Christmas lunch was held on 17th December in the Boatshed, attended by most members and thoroughly enjoyed.
Weekly meetings resumed
Group AGM held in the Harris Hotel on 10th March with guest speaker Carole Bridge, Centre Head, Maggie’s Highland.
Group members enjoyed a conducted tour of Lews Castle on Thursday 21st April, encompassing the new hotel and museum. The tour was organised and conducted by Iain MacLeod of CNES. A photograph of the Group is shown in the Gallery.
On Friday 22nd April an Evening of Style & Fashion was held in the Cabarfeidh Hotel, organised by Eastgate Centre Management, Inverness with the proceeds going to the Group. The clothes from the various Fashion Stores in the Eastgate Centre were modelled by local male & female volunteers. Group members also helped to run the event and the total raised amounted to £2,250.
Some Group members travelled to County Wicklow, Ireland for their summer outing and a good time was had by all.
On the 19th of May, a Moving Forward course was held in the Harris Hotel for our Harris ladies recovering from their treatment. The course consisted of a selection of Complimentary Therapies and was enjoyed by all present.
On May 26th, Morven MacLeod, Project Officer for TCAT visited the Group to assess members regarding their Cancer Journey history in order to develop a programme to transform care after treatment (TCAT).
On 9th June a Moving Forward course was held in the Caladh Inn for our members recovering from their treatment similar to that held in the Harris Hotel in May and again enjoyed by all present.
The Group received a very generous donation from the proceeds of the Carnival Charity Ball which was held on the 10th of June in Stornoway Town Hall. The Group are very grateful to the Charity Ball Committee for being considered for this donation.
On 3rd October, the Group Meeting was visited by staff from Save the Children Charity Shop with a display of Christmas merchandise, such as Christmas Cards etc, for group members to buy.
Also during Mod week, our Pink Lady was on display in Stornoway Town Centre promoting Breast Awareness Month.
On 26th October, a Breast Awareness Workshop was held NHS Western Isles Board Offices for Health Board staff. On the same day, a Pink Day was held in the Board Offices where the staff contributed to raffles for our Group Funds, all led by Moira, their Fund Raiser.
On 3rd November, a Breast Cancer Awareness promotion session was held in the Coop Store on Macaulay Road, which was a great success.
On 4th November, a Breast Cancer Awareness Workshop was held in CNES Offices in Tarbert Harris.
On 7th November, the Group were presented with a Donation of £300 by members of the NI 60th Reunion.
Also on 7th November, the Group had the pleasure of having Adri MacLellan, NHS WI Nutritionist as our Guest Speaker. Adri gave an excellent talk on Diets relevant to post-
On 13th December, the Group members enjoyed an excellent 4 Course Christmas Lunch in the Lewis Retirement Centre. The Lunch which was very well attended, was beautifully prepared and served by the staff of the Centre.
Scottish Breast Screening Programme
All ladies between the ages of 50 and 70 will receive an invitation to attend for a Mammogram. Ladies over the age of 70 are encouraged to make an appointment by phoning the Highland Breast Centre, Telephone Number 01463 705416.
Mary MacLeod (Convener) of Lewis & Harris Women's Cancer Support Group (LHWCSG) stated the importance of being Breast Aware and encourages ladies of appropriate age to attend for screening.
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women with around 4,500 new cases a year in Scotland and is most prevalent in women aged 50 and over.
Complimentary Therapy Session
This was held in the Harris Hotel for those ladies recovering from Cancer treatment and consisting of Relaxation, Massage and Hairdressing provided by trained therapists and thoroughly enjoyed by the participants. Lunch was provided by the Harris Hotel.
Annual General Meeting 2017
Over 30 members of the Group enjoyed an excellent lunch in Eleven Restaurant on Thursday 30th March before moving on to the Retirement Centre in Bayhead for their AGM at 2:30 PM.
Following the business matters of the AGM and the election of Office Bearers for 2017-
Convener: Joan MacKay
V.Convener: Mary MacLeod
Secretary: Joan MacKay
Treasurer: Euna MacIver
Committee: Rhoda MacKay, Chris Gillan, Marion Morrison, Dolly C Ferguson
the guest speaker, Carol Somerville, manager of Bethesda Hospice & Care Home gave an excellent Power Point presentation on their work since 1992 when it was first established. All present found the presentation very interesting and could relate to the important work carried out in the establishment through having friends and/or relatives cared for by the staff there over the years since it opened. The Group would like to thank Carol for giving up her holiday time to do the presentation.
On April 27th , two Members represented the Group at the Lung Cancer Conference held in the Caladh Inn and organised by WI Macmillan Cancer Support Team and found it very informative.
On May 18th the Group donated a maxi-
On May 20th, some Group members went to York for their annual outing.
On May 22nd , Group Trustee Mary MacLeod attended the Charity Regulator’s Meeting in the Cabarfeidh Hotel.
Date Event Venue
16 October 2015 Pink Lady (BCAM) Langabhat Medical Practice
23 October 2015 BCAM Workshop Leverburgh Care Home
29 October 2015 BCAM Workshop Dun Berisay Care Home
03 November 2015 BCAM Workshop DWP (Bank St)
04 November 2015 Group Committee Meeting Woodlands Centre
17 December 2015 Group Christmas Lunch Boatshed, Royal Hotel
21 January 2016 BCAM Workshop Nicolson Institute
10 March 2016 Group AGM Harris Hotel, 12 noon
21 April 2016 Conducted Tour Lews Castle Redevelopment 3 PM
New Museum 3: 30 PM
22 April 2016 An Evening of Style & Cabarfeidh Hotel 7 PM
Fashion by Eastgate
19 May 2016 Moving Forward Course Harris Hotel. 10 AM
(Health & Wellbeing)
9 June 2016 Ditto Caladh Inn. 10 AM
14 July 2016 An Away Day to Timsgarry
3 October 2016 Group Meeting Retirement Centre
Save the Children Staff Visit
26 October 2016 BCAM Workshop NHS WI Offices
3 November 2016 BCAM Promotion Co-
4 November 2016 BCAM Workshop CNES Offices, Tarbert
7 November 2016 Group Meeting Retirement Centre
13 December 2016 Group Christmas Lunch Retirement Centre
21 February 2017 Complimentary Therapy Harris Hotel
30 March 2017 AGM Retirement Centre 2:30 PM