STEPS celebrate tenth birthday

STEPS SToma Essex Patient Support was set up 10 years ago by the Stoma Nurses of Basildon Hospital, to be a support group for patient run by patients. The initial meeting was held at Townsgate Theatre in Basildon on the 24th November 2004 and was attended by 40 people. The group was formed and was called Basildon Stoma Group. A competition was held for a name for the group and Peter Pavesi one of the first committee members came up with the name STEPS and that is how it has been known since. Today there are 220 members on the mailing list.

The driving force behind the group is its long standing tireless Chairperson Maxine Lockwood. They hold monthly meetings at St. Catherines church in Wickford on the last Tuesday evening of every month and at St Margaret’s Church Stanford-le-Hope on the 2nd Saturday morning each month. New and existing members are always welcome for information please email:

On Saturday 8th of November over 70 people attended the 10th birthday celebrations. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Thurrock were in attendance as were the MP’s for Thurrock Ms. Jackie Doyle-Price and Basildon and East Thurrock Mr. Stephen Metcalf. Those who attended were entertained by the choir Fairlights and had a sumptuous afternoon tea catered for by the STEPS committee. All 3 Stoma nurses from Basildon Hospital joined in the celebrations together with a representative from DANSAC one of the STOMA product suppliers.

A Raffle was held with many prizes including prizes graciously donated by Intu Lakeside Shopping Centre, Tesco Extra West Thurrock, ASDA Living and Sainsbury Chafford Hundred. In total on the day STEPS raised £249.

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