For many years, the Norwich Welsh Society have been suporting TENOVUS (Tenovus Cancer Care) by collecting at our St. David's Day Dinner and Service. Nichola Couceiro, the new TENOVUS Regional Community Fundraising Manager, recently got in touch with this very special message of thanks:

Tenovus Cancer Care brings practical advice, emotional support and treatment to where it matters most; the heart of the community. We help cancer patients and their loved ones cope, and through our vital research, we offer hope. In the last year we funded £1 million of life-changing research to bring a future without cancer, a little closer. We helped access £2.6 million in benefits and other entitlements helping to make ends meet when things were tough.


Our mobile support units travelled more than 31,000 miles bringing treatment closer to home and our FREE support line handled over 9,000 calls so no one had to cope with cancer alone. Our ManVan visited 78 communities to support men with prostate and testicular cancer. Our counsellors listened for 2,177 hours helping cancer patients and their loved ones cope. And 1,574 people sang their hearts out at one of our choir’s sessions. And we couldn’t do what we do without your support.

A huge thank you to all those involved in the Norwich Welsh Society and all those in the local community that support their fundraising and awareness, it’s hugely appreciated.

Welsh Dragon


Pancreatic cancer is the 11th most common cancer and is particularly aggressive: only 5% of sufferers survive for five years or more after diagnosis, and only 1% live for ten or more years after diagnosis. Pancreatic cancer is often symptomless, meaning that diagnosis happens at a stage where the cancer is quite advanced, potentially having spread to other parts of the body. Unlike other cancers, the survival rate for pancreatic cancer remains relatively unchanged over the last 40 years.

On December 28th 2017, the Norwich Welsh Society sadly lost our former president, Carolyn Phillips, who died just 31 days after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. At the time, Gareth Phillips, our current president and her husband of 35 years, called for more money to go towards tackling the disease. He said, “the whole point is it is such a pernicious disease, it sits in your body until it spreads. The sad thing was when the consultant oncologist saw her just before Christmas he said if you had seen me in March we would have been able to give you chemotherapy.”

Since her death, Gareth has taken matters into his own hands. After his wife’s death, more than 225 people donated to a JustGiving page in her name, and hundreds more donated after her funeral, including Norwich Welsh Society to celebrate their 50th anniversary. As of September 2020, the page has raised £6,171!


The Norwich Welsh Soceity has been alongside Gareth every step of the way. In September 2018, Tony and Megan Davies organised a charity concert from the Gwalia Welsh Male Voice Choir, with all the money raised used to help fund a research project for the earlier detection of the pancreatic cancer. In March 2019, the Norwich Welsh Society invited poetry fans to attend a dramatised reading of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood, also in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Since Carolyn's death, her family and friends have raised more than £20,000 in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK. If you would like to find out more about the charity or would like to make a donation, please click the link below.