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Reporting back from our busiest Annual Members' Day ever!

Making new friends over lunch

An enormous thank you to everyone who attended this year's Annual Members' Day and AGM on Saturday 17th September at Birmingham Volunteer Centre.

The day was our busiest ever with 73 adults, 25 children and 4 infants all attending.

The programme started with our AGM attended by members and trustees, followed on by members' day activities with a fascinating and informative research presentation from Dr Carmel McConville, Senior Lecturer at School of Cancer Sciences, University of Birmingham, on the topic: What is special about your retinoblastoma?

Dr McConville explained who her team were, what new information they had on retinoblastoma and what it means for patients. There was a robust question and answer session at the end of her  presentation. The Great Raymondo entertains our younger members

All children and teenagers attending were able to enjoy fun activities with a confidence-building workshop with Rb play specialists Emma Hughes and Claire Preece  from Birmingham Children's Hospital, by having fun listening games, and craft activities. There was a  visit from professional entertainer the Great Raymondo with circus skills and magic tricks to amuse the younger guests.

During a busy lunch time members were able to visit the large home-baked cake stall, where we had been kindly donated a wonderful variety of cakes and biscuits. We managed to raise a total of £96.70. Thank you.

Our new Christmas card range was revealed and early bird shoppers helped us achieve sales of £345.70. If you would like to view our new range of Christmas cards you'll find them here.

We had two separate raffles; our big raffle was for an Amazon Kindle, kindly donated by one of our trustees. Our main raffle was a great success and overflowing with last-minute prizes, we had 33 prizes in Chatting to the professionalstotal including Legoland Windsor tickets, Gucci sunglasses and champagne.

Thank you everyone who bought tickets and to those who generously donated prizes towards the raffle, raising a grand total for both raffles of £205.00.

The discussion forum followed lunch with a question and answer session lead by Juliette Carter, our information officer. Members were given the chance to quiz a panel of Rb specialists from Birmingham's Children Hospital and the Royal London Hospital. There was a lively discussion with energetic questions asked on eye protection during sports, genetics, secondary cancers and artificial eye care.

Thank you to everyone who came and participated and for all the positive feedback. To those who could not make it, we hope to see you next year!

What you said about the day

"Brilliant research, will try my best to raise money for it" – on Dr McConville's presentation

"Very frank, so nice to be kept up to date and
interchange of information between members was informative and helpful'

"The breadth of expertise, research, clinical and health
professionals was excellent."

"Other parents do not know what they are missing."

"Thank you for a professional and informative annual day."