West Chiltington Web

West Chiltington Web
Wednesday, 06 December

The Mary How Trust

The Mary How Trust is a local charity based at The Collonades, Pulborough and offers asymptomatic health screenings to spot cancer and other life-threatening diseases early.

This excellent charity works on a 'pay what you can afford' basis inviting donations toward or beyond the 350 screening cost meaning everybody over the age of 18 has the chance to benefit from a health screening. Without doubt these screenings save lives.

Mary How died of bowel cancer aged 46. Earlier detection of this disease could have saved her life, and so the Trust was set up in 1988 in Mary's memory, to give others the chance of free health screenings.

The test includes a fit (blood) test for bowel cancer, prostate cancer, abdominal aortic aneurysm and other serious illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. If results reveal abnormalities, you and your GP can take immediate action. Find out more about the Mary How Trust at our website.

Mr Smith's Mary How Trust bowel cancer screening led to an urgent colonoscopy and this early intervention meant his treatment was completely successful.

"This was a lifeline that I couldn't get elsewhere. I am very grateful."

They receive no funding from the NHS. Donations, fundraising, and gifts in wills sustain their work.

'Our wonderful supporters make our service possible - helping us to transform people's lives' says Jamie Clark, Head of Fundraising, Events and Marketing.

Do check our events page for details of our forthcoming programme.


Let Christmas Begin! - An invitation to the local community

The Mary How Trust are back with their Community Christmas Carol Evening 'Let Christmas Begin' at St Marys Church Pulborough on Wednesday 13th December.

This is a chance for the whole community to get together and sing the sounds of the season whilst supporting our well-loved local charity The Mary How Trust for Cancer Prevention. This year support is needed more than ever.

"We have an ever-growing need for this life saving service. More and more people want to use our service but simply can't donate" says Jamie Clark, Head of Fundraising, Events and Marketing. "We are unique in working on a donate what you can afford. Cancer rates are on the rise and the current cost of living crisis means people are struggling more than ever. We want to carry on increasing our screening numbers. Early detection saves lives!"

Doors open at 6.30pm with Carols from 7.00pm. It's a fantastic opportunity to start the Christmas celebrations early and sing favourite carols, led by the Chanctonbury Chorus, with solos by Sussex based soprano Lucy Mair.

"The evening includes warm mulled wine, and local bakery Truffles mince pies. It's FREE entry on the evening but you are welcome to book in advance. Your donations are of course appreciated, with all proceeds going to develop our health screening services. This is a special event and is not to be missed" added Jamie.

Tickets are FREE to the event; you do not need a ticket but can however be booked on the Mary How Trust Website.


If you would like to host your own event on behalf of Mary How Trust or volunteer your services please contact Jamie Clark, Head of Fundraising, Events and Marketing by email.

The Mary How Trust is where it is today - and where it will be tomorrow - because of strong support from the local community. Together, they are giving people a healthier future!

Pulborough Medical Group

You can visit the Pulborough Medical Group website here for more information.

Help with bereavement

We have dedicated volunteers who can help - see more at the Notice Board

Horsham District Health walks


Get out and about and learn a bit more about your local area. HDC offer an excellent programme of local organised walks and you can view those walks of local interest on this Word document

Paddington Bear on his walks.

Having a break in Warnham on his riverside walk, supporting 'Action Medical Research for children'.