With extreme sadness we have to announce the loss in July of Jean Salmon, Nancy’s and Nicola's mother and Chris’ wife, and the Trust will miss her valuable contributions that marked her time as a trustee over the last 8½ years. Jean was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in December 2013 and with the support of her family, many friends and the wonderful Churchill Hospital in Oxford she battled on with enormous fortitiude and a wholly positive outlook on her life. Jean died on the 16th July 2017.
We’re pleased to be able to report that the Trust has funded Dorothy Hurley’s Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) & Matrix Reimprinting Course run by EFT Founding Master Karl Dawson. Dorothy is a complementary therapist working full time at St. Elizabeth’s Hospice in Ipswich and found the course very worthwhile with in depth theory learning and lots of practice. She has started to implement her new found skills and already has had some dramatic success. One patient in particular is thrilled at the complete relief from severe arthritic pain in her knees following her EFT treatment.
EFT is still not widely understood but Nancy herself was a great believer in it where she felt that it was an appropriate treatment and many of her patients benefitted from this approach. Interestingly, management at St. Elizabeth’s was very supportive of Dorothy’s request for EFT training as it had already witnessed very positive outcomes from the treatment.
A year after providing laser treatment equipment to North Essex CCG we received a request for the same kit from Mid Essex CCG, the group that operates out of Braintree Hospital and the Nancy Salmon Room at Halstead Hospital.
This equipment has been found to be most effective in alleviating some symptoms of lymphoedema and now that it is installed we understand a number of patients from Colchester Hospital are being referred to Halstead.
As per our objectives the Trust was pleased to be able fund lymphoedema management training for two health care workers based in Colchester and working for Anglian Community Enterprise on behalf of the North Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, CCG. Once formally trained it is a requirement of the NHS that lymphoedema nurses are kept updated with the latest techniques through update courses.
Jennie Doran and Kerry Topp attended Vodder based lymphoedema training and update courses in September. Kerry previously worked in the Suffolk GP Federation Lymphoedema Service in Bury St Edmunds where we funded some of her training there two years ago but earlier this year she moved to Colchester and ACE.
The Trust this year, 2016, has been looking at getting close to an amazing £50,000 in total donations since Nancy died in 2009. Well, we’re there! Not only that but the recent Toppesfield Village Talentless Evening raised £1125 which actually gets us to a Grand Total since 2009 of just £70 short of £51,000. Unbelievable, which is also what Nancy would have said.
The Trust is so grateful for the generosity shown by all the donors over the years, large and small and without them the community would not have benefitted from the better trained and more numerous lymphoedema health care professionals that are now out there delivering care to lymphoedema sufferers, nor would it have had the new weekly lymphoedema clinic operating in the Nancy Salmon Room of Halstead Hospital. Also we shouldn’t forget the training of many EFT therapists, many of whom provide a welcome service to those in need of that type of therapy.