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We're very pleased to report that our annual 'Wytham Woods BBQ buffet and cycle ride' went off very well indeed, it was a great success!  With 90 guests including 19 hungry riders, we had a lively afternoon catching up with old friends and new.

Our OOSO riders, now nicknamed the 'Wytham Wanderers' completed their 80km, and shorter 40km route groups, in record fashion, actually arriving back to the buffet on time with the sun shining on the righteous! 

We cheered them in, before queuing up for our delicious lunch served to us by Ann, of Ann's Munchies fame and her lovely crew of friends and helpers.
Short speeches from myself and Nick preceded a busy raffle, emptying a full table of 60 plus prizes, consisting of the usual array of champagne, wine, spirits, chocolates, haunches of venison, 'experience days out', fun toys for the kids and a lot more. 

We spent a few moments in remembrance of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth, as well as those close to us we have lost, and of course thinking of our loved ones that are thankfully still with us.  
Whilst I am passionate about our charity's most important and primary goal, which is to help and support people through their darkest moments of a cancer diagnosis, illness and treatment, we also have to survive as a charity to be able to continue our vocation. Because we are all volunteers, correspondingly OOSO has low overheads and running costs, so events like this contribute significantly towards our sustainability.  And this year I'm really pleased to report that our riders and guests collectively raised a grand total £3,645, a sum that will amply cover our costs for this financial year to March 2023.  In particular, we especially want to thank Simon Davidmann, a former patient and keen rider who very generously donated £2,000.

We hope you can join us next year for a fun day out together. 

Café Catch-Up

Now that Covid restrictions have more or less completely relaxed, outside of hospitals at least, we feel more comfortable meeting in open and 'airy' settings, especially over a nice cup of coffee or tea! 

Positive feedback suggests OOSO café catch-up's might catch on, so via this newsletter we'll share dates and locations across 'our patch' (principally the Oxford, Swindon, High Wycombe, Marlow, Reading, to Banbury and Milton Keynes area) over the coming months and see how we go.

To get things going, we'll next be meeting for lunch at 12.30pm on Monday 26th September, at the Yarnton Home & Garden centre cafe, just north of Oxford (Sandy Lane,
OX5 1PA).  Garden centres are accessible with free parking and shopping options!  If it's convenient for you and you'd like to join us then please drop me a line here 

Looking ahead, we can schedule a series of café catch-up's at locations convenient for you - please just drop me a line with suggestions. 


Our next scheduled group zoom session will take place on Tuesday 4th October at 7pm. If you haven't signed up and would like to join our meetings just drop me a line here.

Former patient and long time supporter of OOSO Tom Doust, whilst now 'retired' (ha ha - not), will tell us how he fills his time, in particular the voluntary work he does including being a patient representative on various groups. Tom has always inspired me, and I know he will lift your spirits too. 

Kind regards
Matt Carter
Chair of the Trustees
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