Annual Report 2014

This year has been a year of consolidation, extending the relationship with the Makerere Palliative Care Unit (MPCU) in Kampala by continuing funding for the volunteer program but also the start of a significant and exciting new project to fund a new position of Information Nurse at the unit to work closely with the clinical team and the volunteers.

We have taken time to validate the progress made to date against the objectives we set four years ago, and also to think about our strategic plan. This is becoming clearer but there is only so much that can be done by a small team of people all with full time jobs, and some with growing families! So strengthening the trustee team was an important step for us. We have been working with Dr Michael Minton and Liz Minton for a while, benefiting from both the clinical expertise of Mike and the experience Liz has had over a number of years with Maggie’s Centres. Their support has been invaluable and we are delighted to welcome them formally as trustees from May 2014.

We have also benefited from the support and expertise of Elisabeth Davies, an expert in strategy and communications, in developing the strategic plan, and hope very much she will continue her involvement with us in the future.

Fundraising has continued through the year, with some key events undertaken by individuals, as well as a very generous donation from ArcAid via Liz Minton to fund the first year of the information nurse post at MPCU. We are very grateful for the support from all our donors and hope they will continue to support us in the future. Next year we will focus on the implementation of the strategic plan, with fundraising as a key objective, but also to raise wider awareness and involve more donors on a regular basis with the charity.

As part of raising general awareness of the charity, Jenny and I were delighted to be invited to meet a staff group at Clatterbridge Oncology Centre; our talk was well received and we hope to be able to develop this relationship further both for Uganda Cancer Trust UK and also for MPCU.

As always we have had fantastic support from lots of different people and nothing at all would happen without this. I hope this report will give you an insight into the work that we are trying to do and the use we are making of your generous help, so another big thank you to everyone and please keep on supporting us.

Christine Whitehouse

Chair

Read the UCTUK Annual Report 2014 in full.