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15 August 2018Tim Smith's Fun Walk & Raffle for SURE

On Saturday 1st September Tim Smith is holding a Fun Walk along the canal and Raffle with family and friends to raise funds for SURE.

To join Tim for the walk:

‚ÄčMeet at the Cafe at Maunsel Lock, North Newton, TA7 0DH at 3pm

please arrive a little before 3pm.

It lasts for about an hour and a quarter and goes along the canal and round droves and fields. Well behaved dogs are welcome.  Each participant will be given a free bottle of water donated by North Petherton TESCO.  The Raffle will be drawn after the walk,with some excellent prizes including a 'Year's Family Membership to Hestercombe Gardens, Taunton

I hope to get a good number to join me and support S.U.R.E  So please join in or make a donation.

Tim has set up a fundraising page on BT Mydonate, to donate please go to:



12 August 2018Donations Update

Donations this week are £1,072 raised by Victoria Park Bowling Club in Bridgwater following a quiz and raffle, £726,24 raised by the Taunton office of the DWP Child Maintenance Group, £40 in 5ps from the Wellesley Club in Taunton, an anonymous donation of £2.50, £5 in 5ps from Teryn Chorley and £5 in 5ps from Peter and Jaqcui Curry.  Left at the Beacon Centre was £10 in 5ps from Creech St Michael WI, £22, including £12 in 5ps from Peter Edwards of Highbridge, £11.70 in 5ps from Mrs Winter and St Michael's Monday Circle, £50 in 5ps from Mrs Clare Pile, family and friends of Minehead £40 from North Curry Community Coffee Shop, which is their surplus profit for a six month period and from the Beacon Centre was £123.75 mainly in 5ps. 

This week's total is £2,108.19 

Thank you for all your donations.  

05 August 2018Donations Update

Donations this week are £842.20 raised by the John Walker band at Musique Folklorique Charity Concerts, £2.25 from Alan Sutton and £2.35 in 5ps from Gillian Robson.  From collection pots this week there was £45.98 from One Stop Shop, Galmington, £6.35 from Trull Stores, £7.32 from Skipton Building Society, £14,45 from Eastgate Card & Cartridge, £57.03 from Tesco Express, Comeytrowe and £146.31 from Tesco Express East Reach. Left at the Beacon Centre was £30 from Pete, Jane and Sue Grinter, £20 from Jan and Ivan Bluffield, £64 in £2 coins from Patrick and Elizabeth Scribbans of Minehead and from the Beacon Centre was £130.70 mainly in 5ps. 

This week's total is £1,368.94  

Thank you for all your donations.  

03 August 2018Please sign the petition demanding an increase in Radiotherapy funding

On 31st July The Telegraph published an article about the current underfunding of Radiotherapy Equipment in the UK, which badly needs an update, read it here:



Action Radiotherapy have started  an online petition "We want a world class radiotherapy service accessible for all cancer patients"  calling for the government to increase funding of Radiotherapy Equipment, please support the petition by signing it here:


thank you all for your continued support.


30 July 2018Donations Update

Donations this week are £1,130 from Sheila and Derek Cleeve of Brompton Ralph, raised by holding cream teas, also £5 in 5ps from Sheila Cleeve, £43.76 from the collection pot at Sainsbury's Petrol Station, Hankridge, £172.47 from the 5p collection from Minster  Pharmacy, Ilminster, £11 in 5ps from Maureen Maddocks, £2 in 5ps from Gina Gore, £2.05 in 5ps from Jackie O'Mara, £33.80 in 5ps from Boots Staff Taunton, £2 in 5ps from Jean and £2 in 5ps from Joyce and from the Beacon Centre £148.70 in 5ps. 

This week's total is £1,552.78 

Thank you for all your donations.  

23 July 2018Karen's Russian Adventure

In just 11 days time long time SURE supporter Karen Beaver will be setting off on her latest fundraiser for SURE! This time taking on a mission to conquer Mt Elbrus in Russia.

Karen has previously climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu and Aconcagua to name but a few, cycled from Vietnam to Cambodia in over 300 miles and last year endured a 10k run filled with mud and obstacles!

It will be a gruelling 9 day trek to reach the summit of Mt Elbrus which is 5,642m, and is the highest mountain in Europe. 

You can find out more by visiting Karen's Mydonate fundraising page at


23 July 2018Donations Update

Donations this week are £1,000 from the ORR Mackintosh Foundation, £720 from Claire Brown and friends raised following a half marathon walk in memory of Claire's Dad, Richard Hooper, £255 from Liz Lampard in memory of David Lampard, £75.93 in loose change from Stephen Woods, £14.53 from the collection pot at GW Hurleys Newsagents, Burnham, £69.20 from Linda Horner, £5 in 5ps from Mary Cooper, £6.15 in 5ps from Margaret King, £25 from Lympsham WI following a talk from a SURE representative, £100 from Minehead Probus Club, and left at the Beacon Centre last week was £15 in 5ps from Sue Tett, £15.80 from Mrs V Watts of Highbridge, £82.70 from the Wednesday Coffee Morning Group  at Monkton Heathfield, and £81.40 from the Beacon Centre, and from the Beacon Centre this week was £27.40 in 5ps from Friends in Bradford on Tone, £5 in 5ps from the Family Magee, £51 from Mrs Marilyn Edlin and friends raised selling crafts, who also collected £20 in 5ps, and from the Beacon Centre £107.50, mainly in 5ps. 

This week's total is £2,676.61

Thank you for all your donations.  

09 July 2018Donations Update

Donations this week are £750 from the ship’s company on HMS Somerset raised through a number of on board charity events over the past year, and £300 from the residents of Priory Court Wellington raised from a number of raffles and coffee mornings. Other donations include £185 raised from a monthly quiz at the Volunteer Inn Seavington St. Michael, £25 from Mr and Mrs Luckett, £15 from Mrs Ginty via the Beacon Centre and £122.81 from the Beacon Centre 5p collection. Collection boxes are £110.58 from the Tesco Express East Reach, £44.12 from the One Stop shop Galmington, £16.02 from Morrisons Petrol Station Wellington, £15.03 from the Co-op store Monkton Heathfield and £7.58 from Trull Stores.

The total donations received this week is £1591.14

Many thanks for all your donations.

04 July 2018JW3 Concert for SURE at Wellington Arts Centre

The John Walker Band are continuing their support of SURE with their next Concerts at Wellington Arts Centre taking place on Saturday 28th July. The Band and friends will be performing some of their favourite folk-rock songs during two concerts on the day.

Matinee concert at 2:30pm and Evening concert at 7:30pm

Tickets £6


04 July 2018Priory Court donation to SURE

Residents at Priory Court, Priory Gardens, Wellington, chose SURE to be the beneficiary of their charity fundraising activities over the past year.

The photo shows Marjorie Hewlett presenting SURE Committee fundraiser Gail Wills with a cheque for £300.

Many thanks to all at Priory Court for your support and generous donation.

04 July 2018HMS Somerset supporting SURE

On Tuesday 3rd July HMS Somerset gave a very warm welcome to SURE Chairman Paul Alway when he accompanied the Mayor of Taunton Deane Catherine Herbert to visit HMS Somerset at her home port of Devonport.

After a superb lunch with the CO and some of the ships Officers in the CO's cabin they were given a fascinating tour of the ship explaining the capabilities of HMS Somerset, a type 23 Frigate, and her role.

Over the past year year the crew of HMS Somerset have raised funds for charity through a number of events run onboard, resulting in their presenting a cheque for £750 to SURE.

We can all be very proud of HMS Somerset and her crew.

01 July 2018Donations Update

Donations this week are £1,110 from Mrs Mollie Bickley of Marsh donated in lieu of presents at her two 80th birthday parties recently, £131.52 from the collection pots at Londis, Bridgwater, £100.41 from the collection pots at Tesco Express, Priorswood, a further £106.25 donation from Brudders 4 Udders who competed in  the Wellington Triathlon dressed in cow suits, £39 from the collection pots at Tesco Express, North Petherton, £43.05 in 5ps from Taunton Hard of Hearing Club, an anonymous donation of £2.85 in 5ps, £10.85 in 5ps from Vera Sharpe of Woolavington and £15.86 inc £3.75 in 5ps from Gladys Harris of Woolavington, and left at the Beacon Centre this week was £10 in 5ps from Jean Carey and from the Beacon Centre was £64.43 including £60.90 in 5ps.  

This week's total is £1,634.22  

Thank you for all your donations.  

24 June 2018Donations Update

Donations this week are £320 from Barry Cooke of Chard, which were donations received on a recent 59th birthday party, £150 from Avalon Constitutional Club in Glastonbury raised at the club this month after a quiz in memory of Mr Thurlgood, £36 in 5ps from Maryanne Chilcott, £92 in 5ps from the Thursday Woman's Fellowship at Wellington Baptist Church, £500 from Mrs Judith Heaphy of Minehead raised at a street party and plant sale, £50 from Minehead Probus Club following a talk about SURE and left at the Beacon Centre this week was £22 in 5ps from Creech St Michael WI, £23.50 in 5ps from Jan Biddiscombe, Marlene Matthews and friends, £11 in 5ps from Mr & Mrs Stroud of Taunton and from the Beacon Centre was £151 mostly in 5ps.  

This week's total is £1,355.50 

Thank you for all your donations.  



17 June 2018Mayor's Tea Party - Wednesday 4th July

The first Mayor's Tea Party in support of her charities, including SURE, is at 4pm on Wednesday 4th July, at Mr Miles Tea Room, Taunton, and there is still time to book your place.

Looking forward to meeting some SURE supporters there.

17 June 2018Donations Update

Donations this week are £5,247.50 from Brudders 4 Udders who undertook the Wellington Marathon dressed in cow suits, £362.50 from Andrew Potter who did his first marathon in Exeter in May, £154.10 donation from the Inner Wheel of Burnham on Sea, £261,02 from the Fivehead Bridge Club, raised at Social Bridge during the winter and donated in memory of member Roy Scott, £19 in 5ps from Wellington Aqua Social Club, an anonymous donation of £30, £1.95 in 5ps from Gill Sharpe, £9 in 5ps from Pat Phillips, £5.75 in loose change from Pat Willoughby, £10 donation from Mrs J R Pring, £13.38 from Mrs S Bale, and from collections pots there is £46.51 from Lizzies Kitchen in Burnham, £8.45 from the Crusty Cob Bakery in Burnham, £44.24 from Tesco Express, Comeytrowe, £11.65 from Trull Stores, Honiton Rd, £6.30 from the Post Office, Bishops Lydeard, £21.62 from the Constitutional Club, Bishops Hull, £21.50 from Wembdon Post Office and Stores, £14.97 from Tesco Express, Priorswood and from the Beacon Centre last week was £40 from Norman Tomkies of Street and £117.64 from the Beacon Centre, and left at the Beacon Centre this week was £22 in 5ps from Christine Brooker, £32.70 in 5ps from St Michael's Ladies  and from the Beacon Centre was £91.66 mostly in 5ps.  

This week's total is £6,593.74

Thank you for all your continued support and donations.  

15 June 2018New Radiotherapy CT Scanner official Opening

Last night, 14th June, members of the SURE Committee and over 30 supporters attended the official opening ceremony of the new CT Scanner funded by SURE in the Radiotherapy department at the Beacon Centre.

The brand new state-of-the-art radiotherapy CT scanner was officially opened at the Beacon Centre Musgrove Park Hospital by the Mayor of Taunton, Catherine Herbert.

The scanner is a vital piece of equipment which is essential in the planning of radiotherapy treatment.

SURE supporters raised the £566,000 needed to buy the radiotherapy scanner and pay for 2 years maintenance ensuring the hospital will not incur any costs until 2021.

Jo Penman, head of radiotherapy services at Musgrove Park Hospital, said:

“This new CT will provide our patients with a state of the art scanning, which is quicker for patients and provides greater accuracy with better image quality.

“We want to thank our charity, SURE, and its fundraisers, as well as the people of Somerset for their generosity in raising this essential funding to pay for the new scanner.

“The work that SURE does continues to support our radiotherapy department with its endless dedication and efforts and this benefits patients with cancer across the whole of our region.

“Our staff have also worked really hard over the last months to ensure that our patients have been scanned for their radiotherapy in a professional and efficient way without incurring any delays to their treatment.”

The radiotherapy CT planning scanner is the first major piece of equipment to be upgraded as part of a three year equipment replacement programme.

This will enable the Beacon Centre to continue to provide the latest range of radiotherapy treatments for its patients.

Mayor of Taunton Deane, Catherine Herbert, said: “Musgrove Park Hospital, its dedicated staff and volunteers tirelessly serve our community every day. It is essential that they have the equipment they need to give them the best chance of helping as many people as possible.

“We are very lucky and proud to have Musgrove Park Hospital in the town and it is thanks to a lot of hard work to raise funds that we are able to open this new CT scanner here today. Thank you to everyone involved.”

Paul Alway, chair of SURE:

"Having provided the original radiotherapy CT scanner when the Beacon Centre opened in 2009, SURE readily agreed to take on raising the funds to replace it, plus two years maintenance.

“Our amazing supporters raised over £550,000 in just 18 months, thanks to some generous legacies and the fantastic response from the people of Somerset.

“Our supporters are committed to ensuring the Beacon Centre and Musgrove Park has the equipment required to deliver first class cancer diagnosis and treatment.”

03 June 2018Donations Update

Donations this week are £389.70 in competition and raffle money from the Legionnaires Darts Club of Minehead who played in the Annette Gregory Cup Competition in Minehead, £120.65 from card sales at the Beacon Centre, £250 from the Somerset Ancient Mark Master Masons Lodge in celebration to mark 50 years in Mark Masonry by John Hale, also £86 from the Fidelity and Unanimity Lodge of the Mark Master Masons,  which was from donations from a collection made by brethren, £307.97 from Thomas Bennett of Eastleigh raised through the sale of cars with Giveacar, £100 from Joslyn Benson donated as a share of money raised at the Textile Fair held at Monkton Village Hall, £117.50 donation from Puriton Bingo, two donations of £25 and £19.39 from Bernard Spilsbury of Burnham on Sea, £5 in 5ps from Knighton Berry, £5.10 in 5ps from Teryn Chorley, £15 in 5ps from Jacqui and Peter Curry, two anonymous donations of £2.60 and £4 in 5ps, £60 from Moose International following a talk about SURE, and from collection pots, £14.49 from Hurleys Newsagents, Burnham, £87.05 from Tesco Express, East Reach, and £163.13 from the Newsagents in Bishop's Lydeard, and from the Beacon Centre last week was £79.60 which included £71.20 in 5ps, and left at the Beacon Centre  this week was £22 in 5ps from Mrs Christine Cattle and friends of Burrowbridge,  and from the Beacon Centre was £137.04 of which £117.95 was in 5ps.  

This week's total is £2,010.72

Thank you for all your donations.  

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