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NALC personnel

 

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Tony Hudson Vice President

Tony had his laryngectomy following radiotherapy in 2009.

He is married to  Maureen who is a constant support to him and has 2 stepsons.

Tony & Maureen  joined their local laryngectomy club in Amersham a few weeks after his treatment and in 2012 was asked to take on the role of chairman,  at the same time they started to attend the NALC meetings.

In 2015 I was asked if I would be seconded onto the executive committee and have been involved in re-designing the NALC literature and attending meetings and conferences.

In 2016 I was elected as a Vice President and look forward to expanding my involvement, to representing and promoting the awareness of NALC  and to supporting the clubs and the membership.

I enjoy meeting and working with people, helping wherever I can and being involved in meeting and encouraging new laryngectomee’s and their partners.

Tony has been a senior volunteer with St John Ambulance in Buckinghamshire for over 50 years.

 

 

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Tony Smith Vice President

Tony is married to Lesley and together they have three grown-up children. His main interests are cricket, travelling and music. He had his laryngectomy and follow up radiotherapy treatment in 2001 at the age of 60.

He has been involved in assisting NALC to forge stronger links with member clubs.

 

 

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Gloria Tuck Vice President

I arrived in the UK from South Africa in early 2007 with so much enthusiasm for making a new life for myself.

The prospect of starting employment in the summer as a Lighting Consultant with a prominent commercial and industrial lighting company in London, I was really excited.  This gave me time to have a bit of holiday in the UK.

However, it was not to be .  Shortly after arriving in the UK, I began experiencing symptons such as, a sore throat as well as weight loss and trouble swallowing which I ignored because of my excitement.

In early July, I was diagnosed with throat cancer which put paid to all my plans.

I had my surgery in August of 2007.  At the time I thought it was the end of the world for me as they say.

Had it not been for a fellow laryngectomee, Marilyn Rose who became a good friend and introducing me to NALC  I don’t know how I would have coped. Marilyn has since sadly passed away.

Through NALC, I have met so many lovely people and have been kept busy attending NALC meetings etc.  Through them, I get to speak to student speech therapists at some colleges and Universities at various times of the year.

I also talk to women patients prior to surgery, giving them assurance that there is life after a laryngectomy.

In 2012, Central London Laryngectomee Club was set up.  I hold the position as secretary which keeps me busy  on a monthly basis.

I have one son here in London who lives close by so that he can keep an eye on me. Two more sons still live in South Africa and one other in America. I was widowed in 1992.

 
 

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Alex McGuiggan Honorary Treasurer

Alex is married to Anne and they have 3 grown-up children. Alex had his laryngectomy and follow up radiotherapy treatment in 1999 at the age of 50.

He helped to produce a number of Powerpoint presentations which form a major part of NALC’s Education programme and is heavily involved in delivering these presentations to health professionals across the UK.

 

 

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Martin Birchall NALC Patron and Medical Advisor

I am a Consultant Laryngologist (throat specialist) at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital in London. I have been privileged to work with NALC for more than fifteen years, during which time the Association has gone from strength to strength. NALC now reaches out to all those preparing for or having had a laryngectomy wherever they are in the UK. They have been instrumental in changing attitudes of healthcare managers and surgeons about laryngectomy and especially rehabilitation. NALC has successfully lobbied government for filters and other devices to be available on prescription, though more work is still to be done here. It has changed priorities for research and improved communication, including the establishment of this website. NALC volunteers are now involved in teaching medical students, ambulance personnel and paramedical specialities all over the country.

I think all of these things would have happened anyway due the energy, commitment and vision of the NALC committee and membership, but the input of the current medical directors such as myself, and Professors Howard and Bradley, as well as informal input from many other ENT surgeons, has helped refine and direct their efforts.

We are here primarily to support however: it is for Laryngectomees to set the agendas to improve the lot for themselves and all like them in the UK. This policy has increasingly reaped rewards in a wonderful example of public-professional partnership. It is my greatest honour to contribute in whatever small ways I can to these, your, efforts.