December 2017Zoe Patrick is an ex-patient and the current Chairman of Oxfordshire County Council.
On 9 December she hosted a black-tie dinner at County Hall with OOSO being her preferred charity to benefit from the proceeds.
Zoe is a prime example of the old adage "if you want something done, ask a busy person". Click here to read her story.
October 2017It was in the last century that Oxford's Oesophageal Team was established. October 1997 to be precise. In those two decades there have been changes and some significant improvements. But there are two constants that epitomise the team's dedication.
Anne-Margrethe Phillips and Nick Maynard both celebrated their twentieth anniversary this month.
October 2017On 8th October this year Louise Letman ran the Oxford Half Marathon in support of her father, Roy, who had his oesophagectomy as recently as August this year.
Louise has not confirmed, but this seems to be a warm up for the London Marathon that she's running in April next year.
October 2017By placing a token in the Community Matters box at the Thame branch of Waitrose shoppers helped OOSO to receive a share of the £1,000 that was split across three charities. Since its launch in 2008, the scheme has donated £14 million to local charities chosen by the public.
October 2017On 8th October this year Natalia Krzyzanek ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon in memory of her father, Leszek, who lost his fight with stomach cancer in 2009.
Natalia has fond memories of her father and his words remain an inspiration.
October 2017By placing a token in the Community Matters box at the Wallingford branch of Waitrose shoppers helped OOSO to receive a share of the £1,000 that was split across three charities.
Since its launch in 2008, the scheme has donated £14 million to local charities chosen by the public.
October 2017On 8th October this year Nikki Petherick ran the Oxford Half Marathon. It was the furthest that she'd ever run… ever! This time two years ago she couldn’t even run across the road. But she did the couch to 5k plan, and then pushed it a little further and ran a couple of 10ks.
Nikki was running to support OOSO in recognition of the help that OOSO had given to her mother, Elaine.
September 2017On 9 September there was a fabulous Bar-B-Q held in Wytham Woods for OOSO and the Oxford Guild of Chefs.
There was a sumptuous spread prepared by professional caterers, plenty of parking, and canvas cover to cater for inclement weather.
The event raised more than 1,200 pounds.
September 2017On Saturday 9th September, Matt and Denis were invited to join a local friend Minna at the Great Milton village hall hosting a 2-hour pop-up shop, selling wool, knitting materials and hand crafted bags.
To one side of the hall, Matt and Denis set up a small stand on behalf of OOSO, to talk with local villagers and raise awareness to the symptoms and implications of upper GI cancers. We’d like to thank Minna for her support of OOSO.
August 2017On Tuesday 22nd Aug, Matt Carter and Dr Ed White set up a stall at the Thame Community Market.
The aim of the day was to meet and chat with local people.
We’d like to thank all of the Thame market traders for making us so very welcome.
June 2017OOSO chose the Cotswold Lodge Hotel for the 2017 Summer Lunch. It was booked for 10th June, the same day as the OOSO Meeting, to minimise travel times.
At the meeting Rob Dennis presented OOSO with a cheque for £2,500 on behalf of the Oxford Guild of Chefs (see March 2017 below).
Many thanks, especially to Rob and his wife Anne.
June 2017Hamira Ghafoor gave a presentation about ERAS the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery programme that has been running at .the OUH Trust since 2012.
If you would like a PDF copy of the presentation material that was shown, please click here.
April 2017A Sale of Plants wais held at The Churchill on 13 April, just in time for Easter.
There were several gardeners preparing their individual crops to be brought together on the day.
The displays were on show next to Car Park 4 making it easy to get them to the car.
March 2017Oxford Guild of Chefs is an organisation that brings chefs and people working within the catering profession together, to share in their general interest of Food and Associated Industries, providing a social platform to network and share information. Their 50th Black Tie Anniversary Dinner was held at Christ Church College on 18 March.
The annual Dinner is their opportunity to support a local charity and this year they have chosen OOSO.
March 2017OOSO's quarterly meeting was held at The Churchill Hospital on 4th March. Attendance was high, approaching "standing room only" even though the usual room had been extended to accommodate additional seating.
Prior to Nick Maynard's Q&A session Matt Carter gave a presentation covering recent activities and items of interest. Click here to view Matt's presentation slides.