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15 April 2018Donations Update

Donations this week are £1,991 received in memory of Luke Beaver of Minehead, £20 from the sale of items at Ottery Auction Rooms, £103.14 from the collection pots at Tesco Express, East Reach, £60.37 from the collection pots at Tesco Express at Comeytowe, £66 from Donald Reason of Galmington from a collection at a Wedding Anniversary, £30 in 5ps from Smeatharpe WI, £9 in 5ps from the Marks family of Taunton, £3.40 in 5ps from Connie Morley, £4.40 in 5ps from Ruth Read and left at the Beacon Centre was £10 from Andy Short, £28.60 in 5ps from Kay Holman of Bridgwater,  and from the Beacon Centre £150.35.  

This week's total is £2,476.26

Thank you for all you donations.  

08 April 2018Donations Update

Donations this week are £32.10 in 5ps from Mrs Setter and friends, £5 in 5ps from Jacqui and Peter Curry, £70 from the partners and solicitors at the Stokes Partnership LLP Solicitors of Crewkerne, who donated their oath witness fees, £2.05 in 5ps from Pauline Harrison, and 2 anonymous donations of £2.50 and £20.  Left at the Beacon Centre last week was £23 in 5ps from Norman Tomkies of Street, £25 in 5ps from Jean Carey and from the Beacon Centre £150.40 mainly in 5ps, and left this week was £35 in 5ps from Beryl Hake, family and friends, and from the Beacon Centre £79.15 of which £72.95 was in 5ps. 

This week's total is £444.20

Thank you for all you donations.  

28 March 2018Crowdfunding for 2019 Calendar

Belle Cole and friends are setting about producing a 2019 calendar in memory of Luke Beaver.

Many will know that Karen Beaver has been raising money for S.U.R.E. alongside Luke for a number of years. Devastatingly Luke is no longer with us. Belle Cole and friends are looking to produce this calendar in honour and celebration of his life, out of respect for Karen and his family and to raise as much money as possible for S.U.R.E.

As a first step they have set up a donation page to raise the funds to print the calendar.

For more information and to donate at: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/fortheloveofluke

You can also follow on Instagram and Twitter:



@FortheloveofLu1 twitter page

28 March 2018Mayor's Charity Party

The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Catherine Herbert is busy making plans for her year as Mayor of Taunton Deane.

S.U.R.E. is one of the Mayor's chosen charities for her year in office this year.

What better way to start than with a fundraising Celebration Party!

Friday 4th May at Somerset County Cricket Club, The Coopers Associates County Ground, TA1 1JT

7pm for 7:30 until late. 2 course meal, Live Band, Old School, Raffle.

Tickets on sale now. £20

Available from Jo Comer, Civic Officer. Email: Mayor@Tauntondeane.gov.uk

Tel: 01823 219779

25 March 2018Donations Update

Donations this week are £1,000 from the Morrison's Foundation which is a match funding for Rosemary Lock who undertook a sponsored head shave last year, £1,000 from the Moose International Ladies Circle Taunton Deane, who have also collected £34.50 in 5ps, £200 from the Allied Masonic Degrees Severn District, a further £12.50 from Alice Alger-Green, following her Masquerade Ball,£8.09 from the collection pot at Trull Stores, £5 in 5ps from Jenny Beale, £4 in 5ps from Jacqui and Peter Curry, £95 from Mrs Margaret Jones of Tintinhull raised from the sale of Easter chicks she made for SURE, £40 from Sarah Miller of Bridgwater raised from the sale of Easter crafts, and left at the Beacon Centre was £7.80 from Pauline and from the Beacon Centre £112.61, mostly in 5ps. 

This week's total is £2,519.50

Thank you for all your donations.  

23 March 2018CT Scanner replacement underway

Work is underway at the Radiotherapy department at the Beacon Centre to remove the CT Scanner provided by SURE when the Beacon Centre opened in May 2009. The next step is to get the room ready for the new CT scanner to be installed. 

This is only possible thanks to the £550,000 raised by SURE supporters, so a big thank you to you all for your support and fundraising.


22 March 2018The Sky's the limit for SURE Supporters

Many thanks to Carol Hampton and Teresa Monk for the £1,600 raised for SURE by their recent skydive at Dunkeswell, in memory of Carol's dad, John W Cameron who battled with cancer for 4 years and spoke highly of the treatment and support he received at the Beacon Centre.

Share the experience with Carole, watch her video at:


22 March 2018Lodge supporting SURE and MRI Appeal

The photo shows (l to r) Chris Summers, Deputy District Grand Prefect, of the Allied Masonic Degrees, Severn District, Carole Summerfield (SURE Treasurer) and David Hartley, a representative of the Lodge, presenting SURE with a cheque today for £200 which is a share of the money given to them by the District and which has been distributed a number of charities. 

The £200 is to go to the MRI £1M Scanner appeal.

Many thanks to all at the lodge for your support of SURE and the MRI Appeal.

18 March 2018Donations Update

Donations this week are £1,982 from Alice Alger-Green, raised at a Masquerade Ball held at Somerset County Cricket Club on 17 February and organised by Alice, £1,800 from the Queens College Taunton Lodge of the Masons, £1,000 from the Bridgwater Blake Probus Club, which is the balance of funds following the closure of the Club, £50 in 5ps from Kathleen Else and the people of Porlock, £4.93 from the collection pot at the Crusty Cob Bakery, Burnham, 2 anonymous donations of 5ps of £5 and £3.75, £17.50 from the collection pot at the One Stop Shop, Galmington, £6.63 from the collection pot at the Winchester Arms, Trull, £14.47 in 1ps and 2ps from Knighton Berry and left at the Beacon Centre was £67.85 in 5ps from Geoffrey Ronson of Wrantage, £39.50 from Dennis Emmett of Bridgwater, £102 in £2 coins from Patrick and Elizabeth Scribbans of Minehead, £6.70 from Mrs E Bennetts of North Petherton, £13,52 from Mr L W Matcham of Taunton and from the Beacon Centre £75.90 in 5ps. 

This week's total is £5,189.75

Thank you for all your  donations.  

12 March 2018Donations Update

Donations this week are £100.08 from Tesco (East Reach) collection box, £40.53 from Lydia Easton collection box and £255.30 from the Beacon Centre. Donations left at the Beacon Centre include £10.20 from D. Seymour, £5.55 from Ben Gamlin and £16.50 from Margaret Garland. Other donations are, £200 from Reg Hooper and friends at the Lawns Social Club, £43.30 from Joan Greedy and friends at the Wellesley club, £250 from the Weston Super Mare ROAB sponsoring a sky dive made by Carol Hampton, £800 from the Comeytrowe Short Mat Bowling Club and £469.70 from the Lancaster House students at Castle School, raised by the students selling cakes and refreshments.

The total donations received this week is £2191.16

Thank you all for your support.

07 March 2018Queens Lodge support for SURE

The photo shows Geoff Dolling Worshipful Master of Queen's College Lodge of Freemason presenting a cheque for £1,800 to SURE Sceretary Vanessa Marchmont.

"Like most masonic lodges, when we meet (and Queen's Lodge only meets four times a year) we raise funds, usually by raffle, to be donated in due course to a local charity/charities nominated by our 'Master'.  Geoff has had a very challenging year dealing with illness generally and in particular a cancer for which he has received several weeks of intensive radiotherapy.  Both he and his wife, Sally, have been immensely impressed and so grateful for the friendly, caring support Geoff received at The Beacon Centre throughout their ordeal.  It is this invaluable support which motivated him to choose both S.U.R.E. and Macmillan Cancer Support as the beneficiaries of the money which we raised during his year."

02 March 2018All Things Textile Fair - Cancelled

Unfortunately the Textile Fair has had to be cancelled due to the bad weather we are all experiencing. It is hoped to reschedule the Fair later in the year.


Go along to The All Things Textile, Textile craft & resources Fair, with a Vintage flavour, on Saturday 3rd March and support SURE.

The Fair is being held at

West Monkton Village Hall, TA2 8NE 

from 10am to 3pm.

The Entry Fee is £1 (U16s free), to be donated to SURE. 

Free Parking.

For more information go to the event Facebook page below.




28 February 2018Companion Dog Show supporting MRI Appeal

Calling dog owners in Somerset: “Is your pooch award-winning?”  

Dog owners across Somerset are being invited to enter their furry companions into a local dog show – and help Musgrove Park Hospital get a third MRI scanner.

The Companion Dog Show is taking place on Sunday 18 March, from 10:30am, at Oake and District Hall,  Saxon Close, Oake, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 1JA

It’s being organised by the Taunton town centre Sainsbury’s supermarket, which named Love Musgrove as its official charity partner for 2018.

With just under 30 categories ranging from pedigree classes such as best puppy dog and best veteran dog, to novelty awards including waggiest tail and most appealing eyes, all creatures great and small are invited to take part.

Judges will also hand out awards for the best dog handlers in the county, for primary school age children, those in secondary school, young adults and people over 40.

Only dogs that are undocked or legally docked may be entered into the show. Dogs that have been docked on or after 6 April 2007 cannot be entered.

Liz Ladd, clinical service manager for Musgrove’s medical imaging department, said:

“We are very grateful to Sainsbury’s for putting on this show and I hope as many people as possible and their four-legged friends are able to take part.

“We’re on track to raise enough money for a third MRI scanner at the hospital, but we still need that extra push to get us to the million and events like this will go a long way to helping us achieve the target.”

The cost is £2 per entry, for more information contact Chrys Dawson or Dawn Greaves on 01823 259602.

S.U.R.E. has pledged £100,000 to the MRI Appeal.

27 February 2018Taunton International Middle School support for SURE


Students at Taunton International Middle School presented a cheque for £80 to SURE representatives at the Beacon Centre last week. 

The money was raised at  MUFTI day when all the students from the International School were sponsored for wearing their own clothes.

Pictured are Carole Summerfield and Vanessa Marchmont from SURE and students Jason Lam, Alice Kirscher, Katina Kocheva, Kevin Chen, Alex Lopez and Yanis Petit. 

25 February 2018Donations Update

Donations this week are £1.85 in 5ps from Jill Sharpe, £2 in 5ps from Gillian Robson, £17.14 from the collection pot at the Beacon Centre cafe, £20.05 from the collection pot at Trull Stores, Honiton Rd, £75.10 donation from Sue Lloyd of Combe St Nicholas, £80 from Taunton International Middle School raised by students being sponsored for wearing their own clothes for the day, £540.42 from David Sweet of Taunton in memory of his wife Christine Sweet, £43.30 from the collection pot at Tescos, North Petherton, £2 in 5ps from Mr G Larcombe, £2.85 in 5ps from Pauline Burt and left at the Beacon Centre was £16.50 in 5ps from Creech St Michael WI, £18.25 in 5ps from Friends in Bradford in Tone, £11.30 in 5ps from L.S.J.T., £10.79 from L.W.Matcham  and from the Beacon Centre £89.09

This week's total is £930.64

Thank you for all your donations.  

20 February 2018Emily's Numbers Author supporting SURE

Emily's Numbers - a playful and accessible picture story for older children about numbers.

Enchanting our children with the simple charms of numbers is both challenging and rewarding. It boosts general numeracy and confidence with numbers, while developing the engineers and scientists of the future.

"Maths is highly creative, but the full wonder of numbers can be difficult to convey in a formal syllabus. This simple and engaging narrative shows how, using just our imagination, we can discover endless possibilities in maths."

– Joss Langford, author of Emily's Numbers

Emily's Numbers is a story about a girl who learns to express her creativity through counting. Her journey explores the deep patterns of everyday numbers and why the primes occur as they do. The core narrative of Emily's Numbers visualises the abstract concepts of addition, multiplication, fractions and prime numbers. The notes for able learners describe the language of maths and hint at the curiosities of infinity, symmetry, sets and the twin prime conjecture.

Joss Langford is an author, engineer and scientist. The creation of Emily's Numbers become part of his treatment for throat cancer after being diagnosed in 2017 and 30% of the publisher’s proceeds will be donated to S.U.R.E.  


Emily's Numbers, RRP £9.99, 32 pages, ISBN 978-1999947507. Available now online and through your local bookshop. 

20 February 2018SURE at Radiotherapy Awareness Day

Paul Alway (SURE Chairman) gave a presentation to staff at Musgrove Park Hospital on Monday 19th February as part of the Radiotherapy Awareness Day.

Paul's presentation covered the origins of SURE, the fundraising of supporters, the equipment provided by SURE to the Radiotherapy Department at the Beacon Centre since it opened in 2009 and the ways in which SURE now provides support and equipment to cancer services across Musgrove Park Hospital.

18 February 2018Donations Update

Donations this week are £1,000 from Rockwell Green Whist Drives raised from their whist drives held at Rockwell Green Village Hall, £70 from Robin Smith from a recent raffle he organised in Puriton village, £24 mainly in 5ps from Medipak Ltd of Bridgwater, £31.13 from the collection pot at the British Car Auction, Bridgwater, £30 donation from the members of the Golden Leisure Club, Western Power Distribution and left at the Beacon Centre was £62.25 in 5ps from the Minehead Male Voice Choir and In Ecclesia of Taunton, and from the Beacon Centre, £149.44 of which £123.20 was in 5ps. 

This week's total is £1,366.82 

Thank you for all your  donations.  


13 February 2018North Petherton WI collect 5ps for SURE

The North Petherton WI have continued to support SURE by collecting 5ps.


The photo shows Gail Wills and Carole Summerfield from SURE receiving a donation of £235 in 5ps from the North Petherton WI. Also in the photo is Joan Clifford and Jenny Lane of the WI. 


11 February 2018Donations Update

Donations this week are £400 from the Wellington Aqua Group which are the proceeds of two raffles, and also from the Group is £12 which was from a coffee and mince pies event before Christmas, £235 in 5ps from the North Petherton WI, from collection pots there is £44 from Tesco Express Priorswood, £25 from Tesco Express, High St, Taunton, £33.27 from Taunton Market Shop, Bath Place and £42.21 from the One Stop Shop, Galmington and left at the Beacon Centre was £20 from Mrs J M Knight and family of Burrowbridge in memory of Gordon Knight, an anonymous donation of £2.70, £26 in 5ps from Mrs Cattle and friends of Burrowbridge, £9 in 5ps from Audrey Winter and from the Beacon Centre, £116.60 mainly in 5ps. 

This week's total is £965.78

Thank you for all your donations.  

04 February 2018Donations Update

Donations this week are £4,000 from the Somerset Vintage and Classic Tractor Group, the donation is from the proceeds of Somerset Vintage and Classic Tractor Show at the Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet on 27 and 28 January, £150 from John Winston of Campion Meadow, Exeter in lieu of presents to celebrate his birthday, £285 from the House family of Kingston St Mary raised at their Carols in the Cattleshed, the Villagers of Kingston St Mary also donated £52 in 5ps, £12 in 5ps from Maureen Maddocks, £11.55 in 5ps from Andrew and Tina Potter, family and friends, £21.25 from the collection pot at Minster Pharmacy, Ilminster and £165.95 from the 5ps collected by Minster Pharmacy, an anonymous donation of £2.70, and from collection pots at Co-Op Stores, Monkton Heathfield, £20.28, from the Newsagents at Bishops Lydeard, £95.03, from Tesco Express, Comeytrowe, £77.51, from The Hungry Horse, Stonegallows, £20.23, from the Constitutional Club, Bishops Hull, £15.37 and from Tesco Express, East Reach £92.57 and left at the Beacon Centre was £171.95 from Charlotte Troupe of Wellington and from the Beacon Centre, £145.82 mainly in 5ps. 

This week's total is £5,339.21  

Thank you for all your donations.  

28 January 2018Donations Update

Donations this week are £1,310 from the Barleymow's Farm Shop and Restaurant in Chard, raised at their annual Christmas Raffle, £95 in 5ps from Mrs S Mackenzie and her daughter Elizabeth from Curry Rivel, £185 donation from St John's College, Oxford, Middle Common Room Charities Fund, following a nomination, £150 donation from Taunton Lions Ladies, £50 from Mrs S Woodland, family and friends of Creech St Michael, £5 in 5ps from Jacqui and Peter Curry, an anonymous donation of  £5 in 5ps, £26.14 coin collection from Mrs Sandra Baker of North Petherton,  and left at the Beacon Centre was £25 from Norman Tomkies of Street, £7 in 5ps from Mrs Beryl Brown of Creech St Michael, £24.30 from the Pizza Charity, £15 from Mrs Denise Gange of Taunton and from the Beacon Centre, £188.79 which included a 5p collection from Mrs Cross and friends. 

This week's total is £2,086.18

Thank you for all your donations.  

21 January 2018Donations Update

Donations this week are £1,104 from the the Christmas Crew, also known as Low Ham Children's Sports Association , which is half the collection they made in December with their Santa Tours, £450 from the Burnham Area Evening Flower Club, raised at various events throughout the year, £1.80 in 5ps from Trevor Warner, £22 in 5ps from Clive Hooper and friends of Bridgwater, £29.50 from the collection pot at Wembdon Post Office and Stores, £15 from Wendy Smith in lieu of sending Christmas Cards and from the Beacon Centre, £198.50 of which £170 was in 5ps.  

This week's total is £1,820.80 

Thank you for all you donations

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