In 2014 the NRBGCT ran its inaugural Survivorship Day almost 100 delegates attended. The conference was specially developed for breast cancer patients and their carers and focused on moving forward with life beyond treatment for Breast Cancer.
We followed this up with another successful Survivorship Day in 2016.
Our Survivorship Passport was produced as a resource for attendees; you can download your copy here.
The Survivorship Day is back for 2023. It will be held at The Granary, Founders Park, on Friday, November 24th.
We are a charitable Trust founded in June 2010 by two-time breast cancer survivor Kate Coote.
Since 2010 our aim has remained the same, to support breast and gynaecological patients and their whanau who reside in the top of the south.
The Trust aims to support patients and whanau through cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery and funds fitness programmes, personal needs and household/travel/health costs.
The Trust has purchased several items of medical equipment, a Portable Ultrasound Machine, a Lymphedema Machine and a Sentinel Node Probe, which are used in the Whakatu and Wairau Hospitals.
The Trust’s goal is to have every local person affected by these cancers get the best treatment, quality information and professional support possible.
NRBCT BECOMES NRBGCT
In September 2014, the Trust was renamed The Nelson Regional Breast & Gynaecological Cancer Trust (NRBGCT) to expand the Trust’s Scope to include support for those affected by gynaecological cancer.
TRUST CHAIR DR KATE GREGORY
Dr Kate Gregory is a Consultant Medical Oncologist for the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board, specialising in melanoma and gynaecological and breast cancers. She completed her oncology training at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, together with her research degree.
Kate is our Trust Chair and longest serving Trustee, joining when the Trust was formed in 2010. She is also Chair of the New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Group and Co-Medical Director of the New Zealand Cancer Society.
The Nelson Regional Breast & Gynaecological cancer Trust could not run without the wonderful group of Trustees who give their time and expertise.
The Trust has five Trustees, all of whom feel privileged to serve the women and men in the Top of the South by assisting to alleviate stress while they or their families are on a cancer journey. Each Trustee brings their own unique skills of expertise and passion to the Trust on a volunteer basis from medical professionals, governance, accountancy, events and fundraising experts.
To make a difference with compassion by meeting the practical needs of the amazing women and men in our communities is hugely rewarding.
Ros is a Consultant Breast and General Surgeon, originally from the UK, where she trained as a doctor. She moved to New Zealand in 1996 to train as a surgeon and spent a year in Nelson as a trainee, falling in love with the city, the community and the environment.
The Trust is grateful to have Ros as Ambassador – a role she has held since the Trust’s inception. She is Nelson’s senior breast surgeon and is also the lead for the Southern Governance Group of the Breast Cancer Foundation.
In her role, Ros witnesses many inspirational women struggling with cancer and is continually in awe of how capable women are when faced with a diagnosis of breast cancer. She is often heard to state that she feels very privileged to support these women.
AMBASSADOR ROS POCHIN
FOUNDER KATE COOTE
Kate was the founder of the NRBCT (now NRBGCT); as a two-time breast cancer survivor, she is passionate about raising funds to help other breast cancer patients.
Originally from the UK, Kate lived in Nelson for 12 years; she resigned as a trustee following her decision to return to the UK in 2016.