Cancer Laryngectomee Trust
Free help for sufferers of cancer of the larynx, people who have had a laryngectomy, and their carers

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The September 2022 Newsletter is now available for download. The Donation Form can also be downloaded.

Christmas Lunches December 2022

The Blackpool lunch at the Imperial Hotel on Sunday 4th December is being arranged by Mrs Sandra Waddington, 76 Rutland Avenue, Poulton-le Fylde, FY6 7SA Tel 01253 899531 email

The lunch in Halifax which is planned for Wednesday 7th December at Windmill Court is being arranged by Carole Stainton contact at CLT, PO Box 618, Halifax, HX3 8WX email:

The lunch in York at Novotel. York YO10 4FD will be held on Friday 9th December and is being arranged by Dawn Potts, The Granary, Hull Road, York, YO19 5LE, Tel: 01904 489360, Mobile: 07947624421, email

A lunch for Swindon area members is to be arranged by Ros Oswald. For further details contact Ros at 17 Kandahar, Aldbourne, Wilts SN8 2EE, Tel: 01672 540619 email

New publication June 2020: The Story of Funny Grandad - a children's book about laryngectomy

A new 2017 edition of The Travel Guide for Laryngectomees is now available for download or to order.

Updates for 2019 are now available to download for The Travel Guide for Laryngectomees.

Read about Ray Coates cancer journey here: Ray Coates The Voice Within

Coronavirus Message to Members


First of all, and most importantly, we hope you are able to keep safe and well during these worrying times.

Everyone is experiencing difficulties varying from feelings of loneliness to concerns about the health of loved ones. Our concern is to make sure that you are aware of the guidelines that will help you to stay safe and to let you know that we are here to help.

Shielding Information for Laryngectomees

We are here to provide support for you but we are not health professionals. However, we thought you might find helpful the advice being given by speech therapists in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. You can find it here in full:

Coronavirus Advice for Laryngectomees

Access to our office and PO Box is limited but we are able to maintain contact through our email address which is If laryngectomee members are experiencing financial difficulties we may be able to help. Please request a grant application form and we will deal with it as quickly as possible.

Future Events

At the moment the Blackpool lunch has been cancelled. We will let you know if there is more information about future events.


Here is a link to a video from a number of different NHS professionals who look after cancer patients. We hope you find it reassuring.

YouTube Video

We are all hoping that life will return to normal as soon as possible but in the meantime, we are here to help.

Best wishes from The Trustees

Wendy Thompson, Carole Stainton & Ros Oswald

Press Release September 2013 - Free self-help book available for all laryngectomees

A new 2013 edition of Laryngectomy is not a Tragedy is now available for all laryngectomees, their families and health professionals free of charge from the Cancer Laryngectomee Trust.

Written by a laryngectomee, in a straightforward, humorous style illustrated with cartoons, the book is packed full of practical advice and information, as well as reassurance.

The original author, Sydney Norgate, wrote from personal experience of the day-to-day problems caused by the loss of normal speech back in 1984. He described his method of learning substitute speech.

Now updated with the latest information on current speech methods and future developments, the book promises to be an even more valuable source of advice and inspiration to all those facing or recuperating from the operation.

Speaking about the updates, Dr Nicola Oswald MBChB, said: "The prospect of losing the power of speech can be just as daunting as fighting cancer, this book now includes the latest information about speech methods to help and support those learning to speak again, as well as their families and health professionals."

For more info click here


Our aim is to promote and assist the relief of all people in the UK who have had a laryngectomy – This includes our FREE book ‘Laryngectomy is not a Tragedy’ by Sydney Norgate and Dr Nicola Oswald MBChB.


The Cancer Laryngectomee Trust was formed in 1985 by a laryngectomee, Sydney Norgate, to help provide support and understanding for people who are about to have, or have had, a laryngectomy.


Since the creation of the charity, we have not only provided a vital support network for our members, we have also:

  • Created a mailing list of patients and supporters who receive emergency recognition aids and regular newsletters;
  • Arranged rehabilitation functions for larygectomees and their carers;
  • Promoted awareness and training in allied organisations, such as St Johns Ambulance and The Red Cross;
  • Lobbied Parliament and the DSS in order to gain recognition of the condition as a disability and supported individual members in their application for appeals;
  • Given small grants to members for a variety of purposes.
  • Published the Travel Guide for Laryngectomees
  • Broadcast a BBC Radio 4 Appeal
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