Local UK Groups

Here you will find contact details, updates, photos of all our Local and Regional groups in the UK.

We hope to create many more such patient led groups throughout the country.

Please help and get in touch if you feel you could contribute a bit of time to your Local MDS Support Group:
Tel: 020 7733 7558

We need volunteers willing to help maintain existing groups as well as those willing to set up new groups in their local areas.

For further details of what’s involved in creating a new MDS Patient Support Group – please follow the link below to read our detailed guidelines:

Patient Support Group Guidelines


Oxford and Thames Valley Regional Group

Kirsty Crozier

Kirsty Crozier





This group meets every 4 months for 2-3 hours in the afternoon. Led by the Advanced Nurse Practitioner Kirsty Crozier and assisted by patients Claudia Richards and Gwyneth Brown-Lowe.

  • Location:  The Maggie’s Centre, Churchill Hospital, Old Road, Oxford, OX3 7LE
  • Contact: For more information and dates of meetings, please call Kirsty Crozier, on Tel: 01865 572023 – or check our Events page 

Additional Contact: Gwyneth Brown-Lowe and Claudia Richards, two MDS patients who attend meetings of the Oxford Patient Support Group, help Kirsty with the co-ordination of the Group and its meetings.
They feel some people may value the opportunity to have contact with other members of the Group between meetings.
If you are interested please email Claudia on with your full name, contact telephone number, preferred email address and the name of the hospital at which you (or your family member) are being treated.
These details will be circulated to members of the Group who have opted for direct contact with others.
Oxford MDS UK Group
If you would be willing to act as a point of contact at your local hospital (for instance, taking in posters/leaflets, being a contact for any MDS patients who have not previously come to the Support Group meetings), please also mention this in your email.
Gwyneth and Claudia also welcome any suggestions for future meeting topics/speakers and for any other type of event (Coffee Morning, Fundraiser etc.) which you feel the Group should consider.

Rachel Stewart

Rachel Stewart

Exeter Area Patient Group

Bringing all the conditions together, a new general haematology group at Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital was set up by Rachel Stewart. All MDS patients treated Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital are invited to come to the meetings which take place on the first Thursday of every month between 4:30 pm – 6 pm. Please contact Rachel to further information, to register your attendance or to make suggestions for discussion topics at future meetings.

  • Location: Seminar room on Yarty Ward in the Haematology Centre, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (Wonford), Barrack Road, Exeter, EX2 5DW
  • Contact: Rachel Stewart, Support Specialist at RD&E Hospital on 01392 402879 or by email: 

Please contact our main office on 020 7733 7558 or by email, if you’d like to attend MDS specific meetings in Exeter. Provided there is sufficient interest in the region, we’ll facilitate such meeting in Exeter in future.


Essex Patient Group

Chris Dugmore-Essex Group


Patient Chris Dugmore has started a group in Chelmsford.

Meetings take place every 3-4 months
Includes informal talks by local physicians or nurses
Opportunity for patient to patient exchange and support.

Check our Events page for meeting dates and details of speakers

  • Location: Central Baptist Church – Chelmsford, Seminar Room 1, Central Baptist Church, Chelmsford, CM1 1LN
  • Contact: Please contact Chris on 01702 478244/ if you wish to join, meet or help contribute to this group.


Phyllis Paterson-Addenbrooke's CNSAnglia Patient Group – Cambridge

Several volunteers run this regional group – and have set themselves up as a committee. All members are MDS patients. Activities alternate between presentations and general get together opportunities. This group also gets involved in raising MDS awareness regionally.


  • Location: Cambridge Cancer Help Centre, Scotsdales Centre, Great Shelford, CB22 5JT
  • Contact: Further info, call our main office on Tel: 0207 733 7558 – or check our Events page.

Main contacts are Chris and Richard Cunnell and John Heywood.

Very sadly – one of the committee members – Vicki Wall – passed away on the 9th February 2013, after many weeks in hospital – due to a severe infection.
As one of the very active Cambridge committee member – we wanted to place a few words on our site to remember Vicki, mark her fantastic contribution to the group and let her fellow members say a few words about her.
Please click here for Vicki Wall tribute – Oct 2013

Anglia Group - quilt raffleUpdate Oct 2013 – we have just learnt that Vicki had made a will – and very generously left £500 to MDS UK.  We are so grateful to her for this – not only for the funds, but also for having the courage to make a formal will.  This is often a difficult topic for all patients and families.

Vicky was a very talented lady and one of her friends – Sheila Walker – donated a lovely quilt she had made, which the Anglia group offered as a prize in a raffle.  Here is the photo of the quilt. Thank you to both Sheila for donating the quilt – and Chris for the raffle.

London and King’s College Hospital Group KCH

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Group led by the Haematology Clinical Nurse Specialist at KCH. Meetings every 3-4 months – 3pm to 6pm

Nurses are Nana Benson- Quarm, Janet Hayden and Geke Ong

Current meetings are combined with the Aplastic Anaemia Trust (AAT), with both AA and MDS patients invited to attend. Feedback, ideas for future meetings and comments  from the meeting on 19.07.12 can be seen here.

  • Location: Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College Hospital, Bessemer Road, London, SE5 9PJ
  • Contact: Further info, call our main office on Tel: 0207 733 7558 – or check our Events page.



Brighton and Sussex Group

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A regional group started meeting at the BSUH in Brighton on 6th February 2013.
This group is co-led by both patients Lynn Hale and Alison Parker – as well as nurses and haematologists at the hospital.
Meetings every 3-4 months – regular times and days to be determined.

Meetings will alternate between talks by staff and  patient to patient support and exchange.Brighton Pat Group4-web
Please let us know what else you’d like to discuss at the meetings.

  • Location: BSUH – Audrey Emerton Building – Lecture Hall
  • Contact: Further info, call our main office on Tel: 0207 733 7558 – or check our Events page.



An official MDS Ireland group was formed over 2013 – 2014 led by Sinead Mahon, whose Mum Brenda has MDS.
MDS UK is offering advice, guidance and financial support to this emerging group.
Dr Helen Enright of the Centre of Excellence in Dublin is supporting the group as well.

More news available soon – do get in touch with us if you would like to be informed and/or added to their distribution list.
Check our Events page on the website, and the Online Forum page dedicated to Irish area meetings.

For more details also visit their website.



Kent Group

This regional group started on 14th March 2014 thanks to the help from our member Frank Richard Stoodley and his wife Barbara. Unfortunately the meetings are currently put on hold, as we are looking for a new venue and few volunteers who are happy to help meet and greet new patients.

For more information: Please contact MDS UK main office – 0207 733 7558



Bournemouth GroupBmouth meeting 12.11.14 photo with Call to Action

Our latest Group. First meeting which took place on 12th Novemeber 2014 was a great success with the support from Dr Sally Killick and fantastic contribution from all the attendees. Meetings will be scheduled on Wednesdays between 10.30 am –  1 pm every 4 months.

  •  Location: The Grove Hotel, 2 Grove Road, East Cliff, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 3AU
  • Contact: Further info, call our main office on Tel: 0207 733 7558 – or check our Events page.



Other emerging local groups

Yorkshire/Leeds area: several patients interested in meeting regularly.  Meeting place required is being organised.

Cardiff/Bristol/Weston-Super-Mare area: we need more patient interest to establish a regular local group.
As well as a meeting place.

Midlands: strong interest from many patients – not been able to hold a forum in the area in 2012 – due to main office being short staffed – but please register your interest in joining such a group.
We need a meeting place there – if anyone knows of a convenient place?
Either free or not too costly?

Please contact us if you would like to start another regional group