Reading Prostate Cancer Support Group Chairman: Chris Addison

Royal Berkshire Hospital - Nursing Support (0118) 322-5111

Reading Prostate Cancer Support Group

The Reading Prostate Cancer Support Group was started in January 2007 by the Royal Berkshire Hospital. It is fully supported by the Urology Unit and staff.


Membership is entirely free and currently has around 125 registered member along with many of their partners. Some keep in touch for many years while others stay a short time to gather information before continuing with their chosen life-path. Most meetings are attended by 50 to 70 people, often with spouses and partners, to hear first hand what is happening in specific areas and keep up to date. Perhaps the most valuable part of being a member is the opportunity to receive personal support from other members on the same or a related treatment path.

RPCSG Committee

The group is managed by a committee of elected members who meet regularly. The key aim of the Committee include ensuring good support for all members undergoing diagnosis and treatment for Prostate Cancer.

The current Committee has around a dozen members who willingly, in fact enthusiastically, share their skills, time and effort to ensure the best local and national speakers are booked, social events are organised and sponsors are attracted and involved. One vital point is that membership on this Committee is limited to 3 years to ensure fresh people continue to take a part in this vital support activity and ensure the RPCSG keeps trying out fresh ideas.

Click here to see a copy of our Constitution

Current Committee Members

Chris AddisonChris Addison

Chairman, Meet & Greet

Roger BennettRoger Bennett


Steve ParkinsonSteve Parkinson

Pharos Editor, Acting Secretary

Phone: 0118 978 5268
Chris WebbChris Webb

Website, archivist

Beverley SkeltonBeverley Skelton

Medical Liaison Officer

Steve AllenSteve Allen

Awareness Officer

Phone: 0118 926 6747
Graham CookGraham Cook

Social Secretary

Phone: 0118 969 1668


Steve SmythSteve Smyth


Phone: 0783 163 7577
Richard BrownRichard Brown


Richard JoyesRichard Joyes

Refreshments coordinator

Alex MilesAlex Miles

Andrew GabrielAndrew Gabriel


Phone: 0118 357 7435

Support - Non Committee Members


Meetings are held from 6.30 pm to 8.45pm on the first Friday of every month of the year. They are held in St. Andrew's Church Hall that is next door the Royal Berkshire Hospital on London Road Reading. This is a superb location as it enables busy Consultants easy access to join our meetings to give professional talks and take questions from the audience.

Many of the speakers are based in West Berkshire and have a working knowledge of the local hospitals.

Refreshments are available before each meeting begins and the level of conversation often grows as people find it so easy to meet others on the same treatment path as they often provide support for other people. Support is aimed at being practical and real and the hall has full facilities to meet the needs of our members and guests.


As with many male orientated medical conditions, Prostate Cancer is fast becoming well known and discussed. Most people going through a treatment regime suddenly find out how many friends, relations and work colleagues have or are also going along the same path. We hope this continues and becomes as well known, understood and acknowledged as breast cancer.

The group is fully committed organising and supporting public events to help promote the awareness of Prostate Cancer.