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This News page will be used by the S.U.R.E. Committee to give updates on news, activities and events.

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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.  

20 May 2018Donations Update

Donations this week are £385 from Frank Long and friends who together have raised several thousands of pounds for SURE and the Beacon Centre for many years, for which we are very grateful, £110 from the proceeds of a raffle by the Wellington Aqua Social Club, who also have collected £58.05 in 5ps, £1.90 in 5ps from Gillian Robson, £38 in 5ps from Mrs Coombs, £40 from the collection pot at Tesco Express, North Petherton, £150 from Beryl Pine and all club members of the Sedgemoor Inner Wheel and left at the Beacon Centre was £5 in 5ps from Linda Turner, £3 in 5ps from Pat Sprague, £6.10 in 5ps from D Clist and from the Beacon Centre £96.95 of which £94.25 was in 5ps.  

This week's total is £893.70  

Thank you for all your donations.

13 May 2018Donations Update

Donations this week are £50 from Ron Greenway which was a present given to him on his retirement as skittles captain for 70 years, £2  from a copper collection, £35 from the sale at auction of jewelry, £20 from Mrs Joyce R L Pratt, £5.60 which were the funds left after the closure of the Ruishton Magazine Club, and collection pots from the One Stop Shop at Galmington £58.35, from Trull Stores £12.16, from Tesco Express East Reach £107.10 and from Tesco Express Comeytrowe £45.36 and left at the Beacon Centre was £4 in 5ps from Audrey Winter and the Day Centre and from the Beacon Centre £148. mainly in 5ps.  

This week's total is £487.57  

Thank you for all your donations.

12 May 2018MRI Appeal passes £790,000

People across Somerset have now raised over £790,000 towards the purchase of a new MRI for Musgrove Park Hospital, but now we need that final push to ensure we reach the £1 million target so the scanner can be up and running as soon as possible.

Click on the link below  to see the  MRI campaign video featuring our Campaign Patron Marcus Trescothick MBE and Hospital staff from the Imaging Department talking about the need for the new MRI Scanner. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzKy9astwbQ

 

 

10 May 2018Mayor's Tea Party

07 May 2018Donations Update

Donations this week are £1,000 from MS Amlin who offer awards for an employee's charity of their choice, who refer candidates who are hired on a permanent basis.  James Sipthorpe referred one of his friends who has been successfully employed and he nominated SURE.  Also, an anonymous donation of £2.25, plus £2.15 in 5ps from Wendy and Bob Griffiths of Burnham and from the Beacon Centre was £40.30 in 5ps from Jan Biddiscombe and friends and from the Beacon Centre £83.35 mainly in 5ps. 

This week's total is £1,128.25  

Thank you for all you donations.  

04 May 2018Brudders 4 Udders supporting SURE

WE ARE FOUR FARM VETS FROM THE MOUNT VETERINARY HOSPITAL IN WELLINGTON WHO HAVE HAD VERY CLOSE FAMILY AND STAFF MEMBERS TREATED FOR BREAST CANCER; THREE RECEPTIONISTS, TWO WIVES, ONE MUM AND A SISTER-IN-LAW. TO SHOW OUR SUPPORT AND GRATITUDE FOR THE TREATMENT AND CARE THEY RECEIVED, WE WANTED TO RAISE SOME MONEY FOR THE TAUNTON BEACON CENTRE THAT TREATS HUNDREDS OF WOMEN WITH BREAST CANCER EVERY YEAR. ALL MONEY RAISED WILL GO TO S.U.R.E., A VOLUNTEER RUN CHARITY WHICH PROVIDES EQUIPMENT & SUPPORT TO THE BEACON CENTRE. SO WE ARE THE "BRUDDERS" RAISING MONEY "4" THE TREATMENT OF POORLY "UDDERS"!

WE WILL BE RUNNING THE WELLINGTON TRIATHLON. BUT GIVEN THAT WE WORK ON FARMS EVERY DAY, WE THOUGHT WE WOULD CONTINUE THE UDDERS THEME BY DOING IT WEARING COW SUITS, ALL WITH SPLENDID UDDERS ON DISPLAY! WE ARE BEING JOINED BY A GREAT BUNCH OF MATES ON THE TRIATHLON, ALL OF WHOM WILL BE KITTED OUT IN THE BOVINE ATTIRE ALONG WITH ONE BULL!

Support the Brudders on 20th  May with a donation via their btmydonate page at:

https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/brudders4udders

 

03 May 2018New Mayor of Taunton Deane chooses SURE as one of her charities

SURE is very happy to announce that Catherine Herbert, the new Mayor of Taunton Deane, has chosen SURE as one of her three charities for her year in office (the others being St.Margaret's Hospice and the Taunton Sea Cadets & Royal Marine Cadets) the SURE Committee is looking forward to working with the Mayor over the year, so please give your support to the fundraising events organised and attended by the Mayor over the coming year.o

29 April 2018Donations Update

Donations this week are £1,000 being a share of money raised by participants in the 3 Counties Coast to Coast Bike Ride in September 2017, £400 from the Barley Mow's Farm Shop and Restaurant in Chard raised at their Easter Raffle, £25 in 5ps from Sharon Rumbelow, £101.20 from the Minster Pharmacy in Ilminster from their 5p collection, £26.36 from Lydia Easton, £2.40 in 5ps from Carol and Richard Young, an anonymous donation of £1 in 5ps, £36.25 from the collection pot at Tesco Express, Priorswood, £137.37 from the TowerHouse B&B, Bridgwater which was donated by the guests, £25 donation from Peter and Sheila Hedges, £41.18 from the collection pots and Changes Hairdressers, Monkton Heathfield, £25.02 from the collection pots at the Co-Op, Monkton Heathfield  and left at the Beacon Centre last week, was £12 in 5ps from Creech St Michael WI and from the Beacon Centre was £132.20, mainly in 5ps, and from the Beacon Centre this week was £98.60 , which was mainly 5ps from the Blagdon Retirement Village and from the Beacon Centre £189.61 of which £151 was in 5ps.  

This week's total is £2,253.19

Thank you for all your donations.  

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:

https://www.instagram.com/4theloveofluke/

 

@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

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