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27 April 2017A look ahead at SURE funding in 2017

A look ahead at 2017

SURE is committed to ensuring the Beacon Centre continues to offer high quality cancer care to internationally recognised standards. SURE has committed to support the purchase of a new MRI scanner at Musgrove Park Hospital (at an estimated cost of £1M+), at the same time as SURE continues to provide equipment and support not otherwise available within the NHS budget that is assessed to be of real benefit to patients. SURE is committed to supporting the introduction of new advanced cancer treatments, and enabling the Beacon Centre and wider Oncology department at Musgrove Park Hospital to participate in national cancer treatment trials, leading to more patients being able to be treated locally at the Beacon centre.

1. MRI Appeal – Analysis has shown that around 25-30% of all MRI use at Musgrove Park Hospital can be attributed to an element of the cancer treatment pathway, and with more areas of cancer diagnosis, planning, treatment and follow-up making use of MRI in the future, SURE has already pledged £100,000 to the appeal and this has now been ring-fenced for this project. The new MRI is planned to be live in early 2018.

2. Dragon Medical Voice Recognition  SURE has agreed to fund the purchase of specialist medical Voice Recognition software for the Histopathology Department, which will speed up and improve accuracy of their reports. At a cost to SURE of£14k

3. Gafchromic Film SURE has agreed to fund the purchase of additional film required to support ongoing SABR QA testing and treatment planning, at a cost of £1.4k

4. Adobe Acrobat Licences  SURE has agreed to support the expansion of paperless working practises into the Radiotherapy Physics Department where significant progress is being made in developing the use of electronic working including e-signatures. To fully implement the new paperless processes across the Physics department SURE has agreed to fund the purchase of 9 full Adobe Acrobat Licenses, at a cost to SURE of £1.7k 

5. Digitising Tablets In 2010 SURE funded the purchase of 5 WACOM digitising tablets for the Radiotherapy treatment planning department. These are used by oncologists to define radiotherapy treatment targets for Beacon centre patients and by members of the planning team during the planning process. The original units are now ageing, the model is now obsolete, therefore SURE has agreed to fund he purchase of 6 new tablet monitors, 5 replacements and one for a proposed additional workstation in the planning department. The existing tablet monitors will then be reused elsewhere in the Beacon centre until their end of life. At a cost to SURE of £10k

6. Radiotherapy Bladder Preparation Management  Patients having treatment to pelvic cancers (bladder, prostate, lower GI, gynaecological) are required to attend radiotherapy and follow a bladder preparation programme before each treatment delivery. For many patients this means arriving an hour before to fill their bladder to a precise volume. Where patients are then observed on treatment x-ray pictures to not have the correct bladder size they have to restart the bladder preparation analysis has shown that around 41% of prostate patients at their preliminary planning CT are rescanned due to bladder volume issues, and that 90% of prostate patients require repeat treatment scans due to sub-optimally filled bladders. The proposal is to scan using simple ultrasound equipment before their radiotherapy planning scan and each of their radiotherapy treatments (up to 25 in a course) : minimising delivery of additional radiation dose from multiple xrays, reduce patient waiting times, improve overall patient comfort, experience and quality of care. To this end SURE has agree to fund the purchase of 2x BioCon 700 Cubescan 700 Bladder Scanners and associated scanner trolleys, at a cost to SURE of £13k

7. Dual Registration Software In 2013 SURE provided significant funding to support the purchase of a cone beam CT imaging (CBCT or Synergy) unit together with a full set of supporting software There was already an existing Synergy unit on another Linac, installed in 2009, that came with a basic set of software, the propiosal is to raise the level of software on the original Synergy to Dual Registration, also known as Critical Structure Avoidance. DR allows radiographers to perform a critical structure and tumour registration on the same image, and make corrections based on either or both based on clinical decisions for the individual  patient.  This will benefit Head & Neck, lung SABR, and Prostate patients, including enabling participation in the POPS (prostate) trial. SURE has agreed to fund his at a cost to SURE of £15k

8. HOPE Counselling Centre SURE is supporting setting up the HOPE Counselling Centre in a separate location inside the main hospital, near to the Beacon centre. This allows 2 specialist counsellors to provide support to cancer patients and their families in a quiet, friendly atmosphere. SURE has agreed to fund the purchase of a bespoke wall divide  which will give flexibility in the use of the counselling centre, new furniture and new carpet, at a cost to SURE of £13k

9. MRI Ultrasound Fusion This project is to enable MRI fusion for targetted diagnosis of Prostate cancer. In essence it superimposes the suspected prostate cancer lesion from the MRI onto the ultrasound machine, ensuring more accurate targeting of the suspicious area, rather than the current method where the consultant notes the position of the abnormality on the MRI scan and mentally targets this during the ultrasound guided biopsy. As MRI is increasingly used and more lesions are seen then this fusion technology will become standard. Without Fusion Scanning there is a risk of missing significant prostate cancers on biopsy, which have been detected on MRI scan. This can often lead to a delay in cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment. If biopsies are negative and the suspision of prostate cancer remains, patients often require repeat prostate biopsies which exposes the patient to potential complications which could be preventable. The cost of purchasing a new ultrasound machine with MRI fusion is around £105k, however the Hitachi Preirus Ultrasound machine purchased  in 2014 to participate in the PROMIS (Prostate MRI Imaging Study) is capable of being upgraded to MRI fusion. SURE has agreed to fund the purchase of the required software and hardware upgrade to deliver this, at a cost to SURE of £32k

 

27 April 2017Equipment provided by SURE in 2016

SURE – Equipment Provided to the Beacon Centre during 2016

During 2016 SURE was able to commit £70,774 to providing additional items of equipment to the Radiotherapy Department at the Beacon Centre along with other items of equipment to the wider Oncology departments at Musgrove Park Hospital to further improve patient treatment and outcomes.

By mid 2016 SURE had raised the £550,000 targetted for the purchase of a new Big Bore CT Scanner/Simulator for the Radiotherapy Department at the Beacon Centre, to replace the existing scanner provided by SURE when the Beacon Centre opened in May 2009 This was achieved 9 months ahead of schedule and the funds have now been ring-fenced for this project. The Beacon centre will undertake an evaluation of equipment suppliers during 2017 to determine the appropriate scanner to purchase, with the new scanner planned to be live by April 2018.

1. Annual Maintenance charges SURE funded £26,357.06 towards the annual maintenance charges of Radiotherapy equipment for the period to 30.9.2016

2. Medicare 3-section scanning couch for Superficial x-ray treatment used to safely position patients during superficial x-ray treatments, SURE funded the purchase of a new couch, at a cost to SURE of £1,399

3. Ashland Film QA Pro software SURE funded the purchase of specialist software to support the completion of the testing programme, allowing SABR (Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy) treatment to be introduced at the Beacon Centre, at a cost to SURE of £13,966.

4. Paperless Radiotherapy Project SURE supported the move to paperless working in the Radiotherapy Department. The Beacon Centre Radiotherapy Department was already considered paper-light This project aimed to remove the use of any paper documents in the delivery of radiotherapy treatment, leading to further improvements in patient safety and experience. SURE funded the provision of in-bunker screens, process automation using IQ scripts to augment the MOSAIQ system patient workflows, making existing MOSIAQ functionality mobile, avoiding patient notes and information having to be collated and printed by using securely networked tablet-based MOSIAQ functionality, at a cost to SURE of £21,381.42

5. Radiotherapy Network Area Storage (NAS) SURE funded the purchase of 2 new computers to provide a NAS system for the radiotherapy service. It is used for backing up all images acquired and used in RT, including CBCT Synergy images and provides a “live” archive for the Pinnacle treatment planning system. The system is mirrored to provide additional redundancy. Provided at a cost to SURE of £6,250.52

6. Cancer Patient Treatment Triage/Advice Line SURE funded the purchase of Netcall telephone system and recording facilities to enable the provision of a single contact telephone number for all patients receiving treatment at the Beacon Centre to seek advice, enabling all patients to receive consistent advise in response to any concerns they have in relation to their ongoing treatment, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Provided at a cost to SURE during 2016 of £1,480. with the final costs to complete the project to be incurred in 2017.

27 April 2017Letter of Thanks to SURE Supporters

SURE has received the following letter of thanks from Dr Sam Barrell, Chief Executive at Musgrove Oark Hospital. Your fundraising is making a real difference, thank you all for your continued support. 

26 April 2017SURE Supporting New MRI for Musgrove Campaign

SURE is teaming up with other charities supporting Musgrove Park Hospital (League of Friends and Love Musgrove) to raise £1 million to provide Musgrove with a much-needed, brand new, high specification 1.5T MRI scanner.

SURE is supporting this campaign as recent analysis has shown that over 25%  of MRI use is either for cancer diagnosis, treatment planning or follow up, and MRI use is increasing as new methods of diagnosis and treatment are introduced. 

SURE has already pledged the first £100,000 to the new MRI, and are seeking to raise a further £150,000 towards the £1M campaign.

SURE is committed to doing this whilst continuing to support the purchase of new equipment and services for the Beacon Centre and other improvements in cancer diagnosis and treatment. SURE has already committed to funding £100,000 of new projects due to be delivered in 2017, with our regular fundraising continuing to support this work.

 

If you would like to make a donation towards the new MRI or run a fundraising event for the new MRI you can do so on the SURE BT Mydonate page: 

https://mydonate.bt.com/events/newmriformusgrove/438424

 

An MRI Scanner provides high quality images for diagnoses and monitoring of treatment for patients who may have:  

• Breast cancer 

• Neurological conditions 

• Cardiac issues 

• Prostate cancer 

• Tumours 

• Spinal injuries and problems 

• Musculoskeletal disorders

 

 

 

The two current MRI scanners work to full capacity seven days a week, and the Trust has to use external providers to meet the demand, which means longer waiting times, extra cost and repeat scans due to poor quality.

An additional scanner will allow the hospital to continue delivering first-class healthcare to the people of Somerset and beyond, and deliver a number of benefits for patients and the Trust, including better patient experience, additional MRI scanning capacity, faster scan times, a reduction in wait times, reduction in outsourcing costs, reduced failure rates and increased diagnostic accuracy, improved clinical outcomes, increased availability to partake in research studies, such as the recent study on prostate cancer diagnosis.

 

23 April 2017Donations Update

Donations for the past two weeks are £245 from Pamela Sellars of Ashwell,raised from the first part of her cycle ride  - 80 miles along the old railway lines and canals from Ilminster to Chard, £250 from the Ilminster and District Carnival Committee, £10 donation from Mrs C Hurman of Fitzhead, £50 donation from the people of Porlock, £45 in 5ps from the Smeatharpe WI, £19.45 from the collection pot at Trull Stores, Honiton Rd, an anonymous donation of £3.10 in 5ps, £17.43 from the collection pot at the Co-Op Monkton Heathfield, and left at the Beacon Centre last week was £10 in 5ps from Mrs B Dennis of Monkton Heathfield, £45.10 in 5ps from Mrs Fogwill and friends of Creech St Michael, and from the Beacon Centre £97.20 of which £86.40 was in 5ps, and left at the Beacon Centre this week was £8.85 in 5ps from Mrs R Arkin of Withypool, £9 in 5ps from Jack Baker (aged 9) from Taunton, £102 in £2 coins from Patrick and Elizabeth Scribbans, £70 in 5ps from Claire Jones and family of Curry Rivel, and from the Beacon Centre £156,25 of which £146.15 was in 5ps.  

The total donations is £1,188.38,

  Thank you for all you donations.  

23 April 2017Cotley Point to Point Cheque Presentation

Cotley Point to Point supported SURE at their event in 2016.

The Race was: The Barleymows Charity Team Race Challenge.

In memory of the late Des Boyland run at the Cotley Point to Point on Saturday 9 April 2016. 

Won by Flying Felix and the Go Girls. A cheque for £1,000 was presented to SURE at this months Point to Point.   Runner Felix Ransford, Jockey Emma Richardson pictured with Jim Boyland, brother of Des Boyland together with Carole Summerfield (SURE Treasurer).

 

09 April 2017Donations Update

Donations this week are £450 from the Fairfield Shoot Syndicate, which is a donation from their members, £100 donation from Leone Martin of Exford, £4.32 from the collection pots at Tesco Express, Priorswood, £47.55 from the collection pots at Tesco Express, Comeytrowe, £8.09 from the collection pots at Trull Store, Honiton Rd, £66 from the collection pots at Tesco Express, High St, Taunton, £57.78 from the collection pots at Tesco Express, East Reach, £44 from the collection pots at the One Stop Shop, Galmington, £70 from the Beacon Bunch Lunch Group which was raised at their bi-annual lunch and raffle and left at the Beacon Centre was £5 in 5ps from Mrs M Oaten, £6 in 5ps from Jean Morrish and from the Beacon Centre £120.41 of which £101 was in 5ps. 

This week's total is £979.15 

Thank you for all you donations.  

02 April 2017Donations Update

Donations this week are £1,000 from Cotley Point to Point raised last year by Felix Ransford (rider) and Emma Richardson(runner) who took part in a sponsored tag relay race over the Coxley course in memory of the late Des Boyland, £2 in 5ps from Gina Gore, £2 in 5ps from Jean Leeming, £24 in 5ps from Lorraine Fordyce of Middlezoy, £60 from Stokes Partnership LLP Solicitors being a donation from the partners and solicitors from their oath witness fees, £50 in 5ps from Hemyock Short Mat Bowling Club, £35 in 5ps from Mr and Mrs T Coombes of Puriton, £100 from Mrs M Jones of Tintinhull raised from the sale of her hand knitted chicks with a small chocolate egg inside, £37.15 in 5ps from the Moose Ladies Circle, Taunton and left at the Beacon Centre  was £10 in 5ps from Creech St Michael WI, £40, mainly in 5ps from Norman Tomkies of Street, £50 in 5ps from Jean Frazer of Taunton, £32 in 5ps from the Bunch of Grapes Pub in Bridgwater, £29.85 in 5ps from Jan Biddiscombe and friends of Creech St Michael, £10 donation from Mrs K Preator, and from the Beacon Centre £138.65 of which £113 was in 5ps. 

This week's total donations is £1,620.65,

 

Thank you for all you donations

29 March 20173 Counties Coast to Coast supporting SURE

SURE is one of the causes being supported by the 3 Counties Coast to Coast Cycle Ride this year.

The ride takes place on 10th September 2017, with a target of 200 riders, spaces are already filling up so if you want to take part, and support SURE, go to the website or FaceBook pages below and register online.

Website: http://www.3countiescoast2coast.co.uk/

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3CC2C/

There are three Distance options:

65 miles - both legs

45 miles - Minehead leg

20 miles - Charmouth leg

 Full details of the event can be found on the website.

 

 

 

29 March 2017Memorial Football Match

A football match was held on Sunday 27th November 2016 at the Wellington School All Weather Pitch in memory of Rachel Britton. Rachel was well known in Wellington and was treated at the Beacon Centre and died sadly at the young age of 41 two years ago.

The match featured Wellesley Park Veterans FC against their counterparts from the Wellington FC. It was a close run match but Wellington FC won 2-1.

The event was organised by Peter Wainwright and raised £370.60 from the players and spectators for S.U.R.E., and therefore the Beacon Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital.  

S.U.R.E. would like to thank all those who participated and donated, with special thanks to the organiser Peter Wainwright and Rachels family.

26 March 2017Donations Update

Donations this week are £1,000 from Scotsgrove Holdings Ltd of Taunton, £500 from the Moose International Ladies Circle, £180 from Joanne McNulty raised by holding two quizes and raffles in Chard. Joanne also collected £90 from family, friends and WI members in Chard, £73.80 from the collection pot at the Barleymow Farm Shop and Restaurant, £72.05 in 5ps collected in a champagne bottle by family members and friends of the late Sarah Bass who passed away on 8 April 2012, £44.20 in 5ps from Taunton Hard of Hearing Club, £4 in 5ps from Joyce Kilner, £1.50 in 5ps from Joyce Hopkins, £1.60 in 5ps from Jean Knight, £25 from the sale by auction of donated stamps, £30 in 5ps from Liz Hector and Mary Chilcott, £7.60 in 5ps from Jill Wood and friends, and left at the Beacon Centre was £25 in 5ps from Mrs C M Butler of Taunton, £15 from Mrs GM Reid and Mr P A Reid,  £148.65 from Julie Dines and Gordon Godfrey of Langaller, of which £134 was raised by a raffle held at Gordon's 60th birthday party and where they also collected £14.65 in 5ps and from the Beacon Centre £138.28 of which £94.45 was in 5ps. 

This week's total is £2,356.68, 

Thank you for all your donations. 

19 March 2017Donations Update

Donations this week are £1,100 from the Wellington Pantomime Group raised during their recent performance of Puss In Boots, £500 from Joy and Keith Towells of Watchet donated by family and friends at their Golden Wedding Anniversary at Raleigh's Cross, £65 from the sale of 3 donated opaque glass Vases sold at auction, £30 donation from K and GP Wright of Taunton, £227.75 from Yarcombe Community Centre members, being £125 from the profit of their lunch and £102.75 from the collection pot following a talk by SURE committee members, and from the Beacon Centre £162.90, mostly in 5ps. 

This week's total donations is £2,085.65   

Thank you for all your donations.  

12 March 2017Donations Update

Donations this week are £180 from the Chard Ladies Evening Guild raised by the Handicraft Group of the Guild at Christmas Fairs, £150 donation from St Georges Church, Morebath, Devon, £370.60 from the Wellesley Park Friday Football Club who held a 11-a-side football match in memory of Rachel Britton; the match was between Wellesley Park Veterans and their counterparts from Wellington FC. £96.40 from the collection pots from Tesco Express, East Reach, £57.77 from the collection pots at Tesco Express, Comeytrowe, £26.15 in 5ps from the Trefoil Guilds, £17.60 donation from St. Mary's Woolavington Church Guild, £25 in 5ps from Mrs Shirley Butler of Porlock, £9 donation from Georgina Marshall and left at the Beacon Centre was £20.25 in 5ps from Karen, £85 from Susie Oxley and Janet Govier, raised at the Rockwell Green Village Hall Bingo Nights on Friday nights, and from the Beacon Centre £102.25 mostly in 5ps. 

This week's total is £1,340.02

Thank you for all you donations. 

05 March 2017Donations Update

Donations this week are £259.75 from the Wellington Aqua Social Group, which was made up from £150 from their Christmas Raffle, £17.50 from coffee and mince pies and £92.25 in 5ps, £63.81 from the collection pot at the Merry Monk Inn, Monkton Heathfield, £28.50 from the collection pot at Taunton Garden Centre, £20.06 from the Fish and Chip shop, Norton Fitzwarren, £71.10 mostly in 5ps from Joan Greedy and friends from the Wellesley Club, £20 from Angela Mellanby, and left at the Beacon Centre was £25.30 in 5ps from Heather and Peter Williams, £10.25 in 5ps from Margaret Jenkins, £21.90 from Mrs J Fursland of Bridgwater and Mrs S Collard of Wembdon, £40.50 from Terry Gratton of Burnham and from the Beacon Centre £150.58

This week's total is £711.75

Thank you for all you donations. 

26 February 2017Donations Update

Donations this week are £25.25 from the Western Power Golden Leisure Club, £30 from Mr Alan Hill of Wells, £150 from Taunton International Middle School and left at the Beacon Centre was £10 from Mr D Nicholls, £1.35 in 5ps from Joyce Williams, £35 in 5ps from the Hillman family of North Petherton, £93 in 5ps from the ladies at the Monkton Heathfield Coffee Morning and from the Beacon Centre £142.10 of which £122.30 was in 5ps. 

This week's total donations is £486.25

Thank you for all you donations.

19 February 2017Great Wall of China Walk for SURE

SURE Committee members Carole Summerfield and Sheila Tutt collected a cheque from Karen Beaver of Minehead and thanked her for the £2,150.53 raised by Karen and her son Luke when they walked 60 miles over 5 days along the Great Wall of China in October last year. 

Karen did her first fundraising trip 10 years ago with Luke when they did the Inca trail. Karen has done many more since then, some with her son, some with her husband Richard and some on her own, raising many thousands of pounds for charity along the way, most of which has been donated to SURE.

 

Thank You Karen, Luke, Richard and all your friends and supporters for your continued fundraising and support of SURE.

19 February 2017Donations Update

Donations this week are £2,150.53 raised by Karen Beaver and her son Luke who walked 60 miles over 5 days along the Great Wall of China  in October last year, £438 from Taunton Unison Retirement Social Club on the closure of their club, they have raised a total of £2,725 for SURE over the years, mainly by collecting 5ps. An anonymous donation of £24.50 in 5ps, £40 in 5ps from the Bridgwater Blake Probs Club, £72.95 raised from a talk given by Bernard Spilsbury to the Active Living Group at Bridgwater, and from collections pots was £33.51 from Cartridge World, East St, £5.01 from Bridge News, Bath Place, £18.41 from the Constitutional Club, Bishops Hull, £48 from Tesco Express, North Petherton, £9.70 from Wembdon Stores and Post Office, £3.44 from Tesco Express at Priorswood, £26.46 from Trull Stores, Honiton Rd, £2.39 from the Winchester Arms, Trull and £103.01 from Changes Hairdressers, Monkton Heathfield and left at the Beacon Centre was £101.50 including £75.40 from Blagdon Retirement Village, £40 in 5ps from Darren Dilloway of North Curry, £30 in 5ps from Maurice Hutchings and family, £12.50 in 5ps from Creech St Michael WI and from the Beacon Centre £142.96, mostly in 5ps. 

This week's total donations is £3,303.07

Thank you for all your donations. 

12 February 2017Donations Update

Donations this week are £199.70 from Linda Woods from the sale of cards in the Radiotherapy Department and a donation, £1,825 from the Barleymow Farm Shop and Restaurant in Chard, raised from their Christmas raffle, £36.06 from the collection pots at the One Stop Shop, Galmington, £51 from the collection pots at Tesco Express, High St, Taunton, £96.91 from the collection pots at Tesco Express, Comeytrowe, £100.45 from the collection pots at Tesco Express, East Reach, £10 in 5ps from Stephanie Lawrence, £25 donation from Mrs Margaret Jones of Tintinhull, £100 donation from PR and M Bigwood, and left at the Beacon Centre was £15 in 5ps from Peter and Shirley Stroud of Taunton, £50 donation from the Tuesday Club of Roadwater and from the Beacon Centre £83.48, including £43.35 in 5ps. 

This week's total is £2,592.60,

Thank you for all you donations.

10 February 2017Barley Mow Christmas Raffle for SURE

barley mow christmas raffle 2016 - cheque presentationOver the Christmas period, the Barley Mow Farm Shop near Chard, held a raffle and raised a magnificent £1,825 for S.U.R.E.. On Thursday, February 9th, Sheila Tutt and Roy Hole visited the Farm Shop to receive the cheque.

The photo shows Sheila Tutt of S.U.R.E. being presented with the cheque by Barley Mow staff.


S.U.R.E. is very grateful to the Mr. and Mrs Burrough who run the Farm Shop, the staff, and to all the customers who supported the raffle. 

05 February 2017Donations Update

Donations this week are £454 from Taunton Deane Morris Men raised from various performance in Taunton, £34 in 5ps from Mrs Setter and friends, £43.51 from the collection pot at Taunton Country Market, £12.02 from the collection pot at Trull Stores, Honiton Rd, £43.57 from the collection pot at the One Stop Shop, Galmington, and anonymous donation of £7.50, £52 from Robin Smith of Puriton, raised at the latest quiz evening in the village, £49 in 5ps from Sarah Miller's  Bingo and Line Dancing Ladies, Bridgwater, £19.18 from the collection pot at Minster Pharmacy, Ilminster who also collected £145.72 in 5ps, left at the Beacon Centre was £12 donation from A. Lemon and £13.85 in 5ps from David Miller and from the Beacon Centre £112.80 in 5ps. 

This week's total is £999.15,   

Thank you for all you donations. 

30 January 2017Donations Update

Donations this week are £500 from Debenhams, Bedford House, Taunton, which is a share of money raised at their Christmas Dinner Dance, £5.08 from the collection pot at the Crusty Cob, Burnham, £25.06 from the collection pot at Hurley's bookshop and newsagents, Burnham, £5 in 5ps from the New Horizon Singers, £9.40 in 5ps from Cherry Gray of Wellington, £3.10 in 5ps from Pauline Burt, £40 from Clare Pile and Family of Minehead in memory of Avril Webber and Margaret Baker, left at the Beacon Centre and from the Beacon Centre £162.23, mostly in 5ps. 

This week's total donations is £749.87,  

Thank you for all you donations. 

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