BERYL PARKER, BCAv
Beryl is a fundraiser who has suffered breast cancer and now raises money for breast scanning machines at Royal Bournemouth Hospital. In 2002, at the same time the WI created ‘Calendar Girls’, Beryl produced a local calendar to raise funds, it also raised some furore, resulting in Beryl being shunned by some of the community.
Unperturbed, her contribution to the early detection of breast cancer across Dorset has enabled many individuals to avoid surgery and live their lives to the full. Beryl has spent her entire adult life helping others. Several organisations have benefitted from her endeavours. In the 1970’s, Beryl volunteered on the Private Wards, first as a receptionist, then as a nursing assistant.
In 1991 she became treasurer and secretary of Dorset Ladies Lunch Club, a post she held until 2000, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Beryl has raised over £40,000 for the oncology department at the Hospital where her fundraising enabled the purchase of a series of portable ultrasound scanning machines.
These scanners enable immediate assessment in the Outpatient department and aid diagnosis, and each one of the machines is affectionately known in the department as ‘Beryl’.
Nominated by: Tony Skene & Rev’d Christopher Colledge, BCAc