Mothers' Union October 2019

Mothers’ Union Branch Report

Thursday 19th September 2019

Dear All,

At the start of our branch meeting Kay led us in worship using the Wave of Prayer sheets and we celebrated our dear member Ivy’s 90th birthday.

After that we were all encouraged to write Christmas cards for the inmates of Eastwood Park Women’s Prison using the simple phrase ‘with love from a Mothers’ Union friend’.  MU members in the diocese contribute around 500 Christmas cards which are given to the women prisoners in the in the time before to Christmas.

This month our speaker was Glenis Abbott speaking on behalf of Thelma Cowley, a Stonehouse resident, who had been a supporter of the charity Hope for Tomorrow’ not long after its beginnings in Gloucestershire in 2007.  Unfortunately Thelma was too ill to speak to us herself but was happy to tell the story of her involvement to Glenis:

Hope for Tomorrow was founded by Christine Mills MBE in December 2003, after she lost her husband David to cancer. One of the many stresses the couple endured was travelling from their home to the Oncology Centre – a journey of nearly 60 miles.

Christine wanted the charity to focus in a practical way, to alleviate the additional anxieties of travelling. She met Dr Sean Elyan, Consultant Oncologist and Medical Director of the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and discovered that he had a vision to bring chemotherapy closer to the patient. This inspired her to make the dream into a reality and the charity raised enough money to build the world’s first Mobile Cancer Care Unit and Hope for Tomorrow was born.
Christine worked tirelessly to build Hope for Tomorrow’s fleet of Mobile Cancer Care Units, and make the charity the success that it is today.

In February 2007, the first Mobile Cancer Care Unit (MCCU) was launched in Gloucestershire. The units are equipped with 4 treatment chairs and can treat 20 patients a day.  Currently there are 12 Mobile Cancer Care Units, with 12 nurse support vehicles that visit 34 locations across England. The locations are often in rural areas away from the main oncology centres and allow cancer patients to save time by being able to have their cancer care much nearer to home. The 4 centres that are used in Gloucestershire are the Dilke Memorial Hospital in Cinderford, Stroud General Hospital, Cirencester Hospital and Tewkesbury Community Hospital.

Thelma got involved when she became friendly with two ladies she met at the bus stop who talked to her about the wonderful treatment they’d received at the Mobile Unit at Stroud Hospital.

Thelma was so inspired by their story that she involved herself in supporting the charity and funded a nurse support vehicle to be used in Gloucestershire.

We were all inspired by Glenis’ talk about Thelma and her involvement in this little known charity, which performs such a useful service.  If you wish to find out more about the charity their website is

Our next meeting is on Thursday October 17th, 7.30pm in Hazelwood Lounge, when our 2 previous Joint Diocesan Presidents, Dorothy Marshall and Helen Barton will speak to us about MULOA: ‘Mothers’ Union Listens, Observes and Acts’. This should be an interesting update on how our diocese and other dioceses have embraced this theme.


With Love             Olga


Dear Members

We have just had notification of subscription costs for next year.  We have, as last year, added £1 to the subscription for our branch fund expenses. This will be:

£27.00 for Ordinary members and

£19.00 for Indoor members.  

Please can you give me your money as soon as possible as I have to send it off in the first week of January. If you can bring it to our next branch meeting that would be the best.

Cheques should be made payable to

‘St Cyr’s Stonehouse Mothers’ Union’

With many thanks    -    Kay