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15 September 2019Stewart's Somerset Cycle Ride Raises £500 for SURE

Stewart Kitch of South Chard, raised £500 for SURE by completing Stewart's Somerset Cycle Ride.

Following my radiation treatment at the Beacon Centre in Taunton, I found that the S.U.R.E. charity (Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment) have funded much of the equipment in the building in our County Town.  

As I was able to cycle a short distance across Taunton for most treatments, which totalled 75 miles,  I thought a sponsored cycle ride across the county was an appropriate fund raiser.

Because I live in the southern edge of Somerset, I proposed to cycle from South to North, in 3 stages, a total distance of 62 miles according to Google maps.  I completed a short section (12 miles) between Ashcott and Cheddar on July 4 as I was on a reconnaissance mission and found the B3151 not very cycle - friendly.

Then on a very hot July 23rd, I re-started at Cheddar and followed NCR 26 – The Strawberry Line to Yatton Station, thence on B3133 and minor roads to Cleveden, Walton-in-Gordano and finally Portishead point. (21 miles and was slightly lost once).

I hoped to enjoy this on fine days with the wind and sun on my back, but be careful what you wish for as that day was so hot!

I completed the South Somerset to Ashcott ride on September 2nd in dry weather.  This took the B 3167 from Devon border to South Chard, then through it Forton and Chard to the NCR (National Cycle Route) 33 to Ilminster.  Then the B 3168 to Curry Rivel and Langport,  through High Ham to Pedwell and Ashcott (refreshed at the Albion Inn). (28 miles).  

You will notice that this made the distance 61 miles, but don't worry as I had to ride up to the start from home – another 1.3!

 

 

Thank you for your generous donations which total approximately £500 + gift aid on September 6th.  Also to my wife, Margaret for her help with the “team car” to bring me home.

15 September 2019Donations Update

Donations this week are £1,077.50 from Richard 'Dick' Brewer in lieu of 90th birthday presents, £400 from the Bridgwater Bowling Association, raised throughout the year, £500 from Stewart Kitch of South Chard, raised by completing Stewart's Somerset Cycle Ride, £34.50 in 5ps from Mrs P Whitney of Bridgwater, £10 in 5ps from friends of Sarah in Bridgwater, £131.50 donation from Puriton Bingo, £38.15 in 5ps from Andrew and Tina Potter and friends, £1.75 in 5ps from Wendy & Bob Griffiths, £77 from the collection pots at Tesco Express, High St, Taunton and from the Beacon Centre was £149.06, mainly in 5ps. 

This week's total is £2,419.26

Thank you for all your donations.

09 September 2019Bridgwater Bowling Association supports SURE

Terry Pope of Bridgwater Bowling Association presented a cheque to Gail Wills on behalf of SURE.

The money was raised by two charity bowling leagues in Bridgwater.  The Notaro League which is played outdoors on the green, followed in the winter with Richard Milton League which is played indoors.  

The cheque was for a fabulous £400 and we are very happy to have been invited to accept this as our share of the funds raised by this great group of bowlers.

07 September 2019Donations Update

Donations this week include £400 from the Tramways Social Club raised by Vic and Ann Ollis who ran a Charity Raffle during a Bingo Session last Sunday and £210 from Pauline Jeremiah in lieu of 80th birthday presents. 
The 5p collection from the Beacon Centre was £246.05 which included £33.50 from Mrs. Jackie Durham, £30 from P.G. Dixon and Friends and £15.95 from Mr. And Mrs. Tancock. In addition we had £41.95 in 5ps from June Reynolds and the Hard of Hearing Club. 
This weeks total is £898 

Thank you all for your donations.

03 September 2019Tramways Social Club Wells supporting SURE

Regular Bingo sessions are held at the Tramways Social Club in Wells.

On Sunday 1st September 2019 as well as the bingo a Charity Raffle in aid of S.U.R.E. was held.

There were a wide range of 90 prizes and it was very popular. Our sincere thanks goes to Vic and Ann Ollis who chose S.U.R.E. and organised the raffle, and all the bingo players that supported the event.


 

 

 

Roy Hole, (SURE Vice Chairman), gave a thankyou and an update on S.U.R.E. during the half time break after receiving the proceeds from the Raffle totalling £400.


The photos show, above the event taking place with Roy, Ann and Vic in the background, and left Roy with Ann and Vic alongside the S.U.R.E. Banner.

01 September 2019Donations Update

Donations this week are £200 from the Bridgwater Trefoil Guild raised by selling books, collecting small change and donations, £40 in 5ps from Christine Cattle and friends in Burrowbridge, an anonymous donation of £10 in 5ps, £2 in 5ps from Jean Leeming, from collection pots, there was £40 from Lesser Litter in Taunton, £84.05 from Tesco Express, East Reach and £38.26 from Tesco Express, Galmington and left at the Beacon Centre was £240 from Cathy & Chris Hiett which was received in lieu of presents for Chris's 70th birthday, £8.85 in 5ps from Brenda Horton and friends, £25 in 5ps from Sue Tett and friends of Bridgwater, £40 in 5ps from Jan Biddiscombe and friends of Creech St. Michael and from the Beacon Centre was £102.09 of which £93.70 was in 5ps.

This week's total is £830.25

Thank you for all your donations.

30 August 2019Bridgwater Trefoil Guild supporting SURE

The chairperson Liz Salter of the Bridgwater Trefoil Guild presented a cheque to Gail Wills a SURE fundraiser for £200. 

 

The money was raised by this group of 12 ladies who are all retired guide leaders selling books, placing small change in the pot and donations. 

 

Gail was invited to stay and take part in their games evening which she enjoyed very much.

26 August 2019

Nikkie Mullan along with her nephew Harry have decided to jump out of a perfectly good plane at 15,000ft to raise funds for SURE to support the Beacon Centre.
 

Nikkie will be funding the Skydive herself so that 100% of the monies raised will be going to SURE.

To find out more and to support Nikkie go to her fundraising page at Virgin Money Giving:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NikkieMullan

 

26 August 2019

David Thomas of Catcott together with his friend Geoff Bell have committed to riding the Great Exmoor Ride on Sunday 1st September to raise funds for SURE.

It follows a 66 mile route from Taunton to Blue Anchor across Exmoor and includes in excess of 5000 feet climbing.

David says "Neither of us knows whether we are physically ready for this challenge but mentally we are determined to succeed. I had intended to do this ride back in September 2017 but was diagnosed with an aggressive prostate cancer the month before. My head was not in the place to tackle a ride like this.

Having deferred taking part until 2018 I needed to opt out again because my fitness was nowhere near close to what was required.

We decided in 2019 that the time is now right and signed up to take part."

To find out more and support David and Geoff visit their fundraising page at Virgin Money Giving: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/GreenwayGuys

 

25 August 2019Donations Update

Donations this week are £300 from the Wellington Ladies Skittles League, £59.26 in 5ps from the members of the Deaf Plus Lip Reading Groups in Langport, Ilminster, Burnham and Bridgwater, a further £30 from Derek and Sheila Cleeve of Brompton Ralph from their cream tea event in July, an anonymous donation of £57.96, mainly in 5ps from friends in Bishops Hull, left at Musgrove Park Hospital,  £45 from Alan Boucher of West Coker, £50 from the Taunton Castle Probus Club, which was a speakers fee for Tim Williams who asked for it to be donated, £5 in 5ps from Jacqui and Peter Curry, £5 in 5ps from Marion Coombes, £10 from the collection pot at the Globe Inn, North Petherton, £17.59 from the collection pot at Lizzes Kitchen, Bunham and left at the Beacon Centre was £35 in 5ps and 20ps from Norman Tomkies of Street and from the Beacon Centre was £81.31, mainly in 5ps.

This week's total is £696.12

Thank you for all your donations.

18 August 2019Donations Update

Donations this week are £570 from Margaret Trunks, being a part sum of donations for her 70th birthday party, a further £30 from Derek and Sheila Cleeve of Brompton Ralph from their cream teas, £23.55 including £16.35 in 5ps from Joy Hartshorne, £2 in 5ps from Mollie Eastwood, £35 in 5ps from the people of Porlock, £33.70 from the collection pot at Honey's hairdressers, Galmington, £72.32 from the collection pots at the One Stop Shop, Galmington, and left at the Beacon Centre was £15 in 5ps from Rich & Chris Turner and from the Beacon Centre was £123.57, including £107.15 in 5ps. 

This week's total is £905.14

Thank you for all your donations.

14 August 2019Victoria Park Bowling Club Bridgwater cheque presentation

SURE Treasurer Carole Summerfield was presented with a cheque for £1,026 by the Victoria Park Bowling Club Bridgwater, raised following a quiz and raffle at the club on 4th August.

Many Thanks to all members of Victoria Park for your continued support of SURE.

11 August 2019Donations Update

Donations this week are £1,026 from Victoria Park Bowling Club, Bridgwater raised at their annual quiz and raffle, £500 from the Fidelity & Unanimity Lodge of the Masons which were donations from various collections from the brethren, £250 from the Ancient Mark Masons Demonstration Team, an anonymous donation of £2.25, £35 from the PayPal giving fund, £56 from the collection pot at Tesco Express North Petherton, £32.79 from the collection pot at Bridgwater Car Auctions, £94.85 in 5ps from the friends of Sarah Miller, and left at the Beacon Centre was £54.15 in 5ps from Maureen Hillman of Nether Stowey and friends & family, £17.50 in 5ps from Mrs June Fogwill of Creech St Michael, £8.35 in 5ps from M.J.Tuck of Yeovil, and £17.06, mainly in 5ps from Chris Branfield of Henlade, and from the Beacon Centre £102.35 in 5ps. 

This week's total is £2,196.30

Thank you for all your donations.

09 August 2019Projects Funded by SURE in 2018

During 2018 SURE committed funding of £494,162 to providing additional items of equipment to the Radiotherapy Department at the Beacon Centre along with other items of equipment to the wider departments at Musgrove Park Hospital to further improve patient diagnosis, treatment and outcomes.

With the rolling replacement of the three Radiotherapy Treatment machines (Linear Accelerators) at the Beacon Centre due to start in 2019 it was agreed that there would be few new projects for SURE funding in 2018 as it was anticipated SURE funding will be required in 2019-20 to ensure the new Radiotherapy machines will be able to give maximum benefit to patients as soon as each one is commissioned. This led to an unusual year in SURE funding, with two major spends, funding the replacement CT Scanner and SURE's donation towards the new MRI Scanner, along with a small number of low cost projects.


1. LargeBoreCTScanner/SimulatorReplacement-ThereplacementoftheSUREfunded CT Scanner/Simulator in the Beacon Centre was completed in June 2018, at a final cost to SURE (including maintenance for year2 and year3) of £566,605 (£550,000 was held ring- fenced in the SURE accounts for this project since mid-2016). The first invoice for the purchase of the CT was funded by SURE in 2018 at a cost of £374,789. Further funding of £75,866 for the Turnkey room works for the installation is expected to be paid in 2019. This will leave £115,950 ring-fenced for future payments: £57,975 for year 2 maintenance to be paid in 2019 and £57,975 for year 3 maintenance to be paid in 2020.


2. MRI Appeal-SURE pledged the first £100,000tosupporttheMusgroveParkHospital MRI Million appeal for the purchase of a new MRI scanner at Musgrove Park Hospital (at an estimated cost of £1M), this was ring-fenced until payment in 2018 A number of SURE fundraisers also ran events during 2017/18 to raise donations for the MRI Appeal, these were added to the £100,000 and SURE then made a donation to the MRI Appeal of £110,000.


3. Dragon Medical Voice Recognition In 2017 SURE funded the purchase of specialist medical Voice Recognition software and associated hardware for the Histopathology Department, to speed up and improve accuracy of their reports. In 2018 SURE funded final invoices to complete the project a cost to SURE of £1,459.80.


4. Valley cushions The Valley-SV cushion is designed to relieve pressure from the “mid- line” areas around the perineum, and is very effective for patients both during and post radiotherapy where the discomfort can cause difficulties for patients when travelling to hospital, sitting in waiting rooms and getting comfortable at home. It uses a combination of foam and air to provide a comfortable seating platform on either side of the central pressure relieving channel. Compared to a traditional 'ring' cushion it does not compromise blood circulation or lymphatic drainage. SURE funded the purchase of 10 new valley cushions at a cost to SURE of £1,169.60


5. PaperlessRadiotherapyProjectSUREsupportedthemovetopaperlessworkinginthe Beacon Centre Radiotherapy Department. 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. In 2016 SURE funded £21,381.42 for this project, additional funding was approved to complete the project in 2018 at a cost to SURE of £2,424.80


6. Liteform Trial This trial is looking at the use of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) to treat Head & Neck radiotherapy patients who could be suffering from oral mucositis. SURE has approved funding for the purchase of a Thor Photomedicine ltd LX2 Laser Control Unit, dental probe, Placebo Function adaptor box for the dental probe and associated equipment required to enable the Beacon Centre to participate in the trial during 2018 at a cost to SURE of £4,150.


7. MusicSystem–SUREapprovedfundingforareplacementmusicsystemtobeprovided in one of the Radiotherapy treatment rooms, to allow patients to listen to their own choice of music during their treatment, at a cost to SURE of £168.84

 

04 August 2019Donations Update

Donations this week are £1,090.62 from the John Walker Band raised from ticket sales , donations and a bucket collection at 2 concerts held at the Arts Centre in Wellington on 27 July, £194.99 from the collection pot at the Newsagents Bishop's Lydeard, £38.16 from the collection pot at the Fish & Chip shop, Norton Fitzwarren, and anonymous donation of £7.05 in 5ps and left at the Beacon Centre was £8.90 in 5ps from Elizabeth Mortimer-White and friends of Taunton and from the Beacon Centre £50.90 mainly in 5ps. 

This week's total is £1,390.62

 

Thank you for all your donations.

01 August 20193 days to win £500 for SURE at Easyfundraising

You have three days to enter the #easyfundraising Summer Giveaway!

Help SURE WIN the HUGE £500 donation by clicking any of the retailers on the competition page before midnight on Sunday 4th August. If you click BT, you’ll be entered THREE TIMES. It’s easy and completely FREE. Time is running out, so please take a moment to enter now – this could make a BIG difference to us! 

Visit: http://efraising.org/g8PtJHnQEB

 

01 August 2019The John Walker Band supporting S.U.R.E.

The annual John Walker Band Concert this year had the theme ‘The Rock ‘n Roll Years’.

For the third year the JW Band chose SURE as their charity for the concert at the Wellington Arts Centre.

the two concerts on Saturday 27th July raised £1,024 in ticket sales and donations, plus £66.62 in a bucket collection at the door, making the total raised a magnificent £1,090.62

The photo above is of the members of the John Walker Band, and below SURE Chairman Paul Alway receiving the cheque. 

Thank you to all members of the John Walker Band for your continued support of SURE, to the Wellington Arts Centre and to all those who attended the concerts.

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28 July 2019Donations Update

Donations this week are £1,130 From Derek and Sheila Cleeve of Brompton Ralph raised from organising of cream teas throughout the year, £1,000 from the Hydro Harriers at the Hydrographic Office in Taunton raised by organising and running this years Piddlewood Plod (10K multi terrain run) in June, £21.18 from the collection pot at the Co-Op stores, Monkton Heathfield, £93.73 from the collection pot at Tesco Express, East Reach, £4.50 from Vera Sharp of Woolavington, £14.61 in loose change from Mrs Gladys Harris of Woolavington and from the Beacon Centre £216.10 of which £156 was in 5ps. 

This week's total is £2,480.12

Thank you for all your donations.

21 July 2019John Wareham’s 80th Birthday supports S.U.R.E.

At the Annual Meeting at the Beacon Centre on Saturday 20th July SURE were presented with a cheque for £500 donated by John Wareham of Chard who asked for donations to SURE in lieu of presents for his 80th birthday in May. 

The photo shows John presenting the cheque to S.U.R.E. Committee members Gail Wills, Carole Summerfield and Sarah Miller.

 

21 July 2019Annual SURE meeting at the Beacon Centre

The Annual SURE meeting at the Beacon Centre took place on Saturday morning 20th July.

Following updates on SURE’s achievements in 2018 from Chairman Paul Alway and Treasurer Carole Summerfield, the Radiotherapy team at the Beacon Centre gave supporters a behind the scenes tour of the Radiotherapy Department which was very well received by everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 July 2019Donations Update

Donations this week are £1,143.98 raised by 45 members of staff, along with family and friends took part in a walk between the 2 Council offices  (Deane House, Taunton to West Somerset House, Williton) organised to celebrate the joining of the two Councils to form Somerset West and Taunton in May, £500 from John Wareham of Chard in lieu of 80th birthday presents, an anonymous donation of £4.35 in 5ps, £7.10 from the counter pot at the Crusty Cob, Burnham, £3.30 in 5ps from Bernard and Mary Spilsbury of Burnham, £19.35 in 5ps collected at the Information Centre in Taunton following a suggestion as a collection point from Cllr Catherine Herbert, the former Mayor, and left at the Beacon Centre was £54.18 in 5ps, mainly in 5ps, from St Michael's Ladies, Galmington, £12.50 in 5ps from Creech St Michael WI  and from the Beacon Centre £108.15 in 5ps. 

This week's total is £1,852.91

Thank you for all your donations.

15 July 2019Donations Update

Donations this week are £947 from Gill Jeffrey raised by asking for donations instead of presents for her 60th birthday at a party held recently at Hestercombe, £1,232.50 from George Huish raised from donations given to support his completion of the 52 mile Ultra Marathon, £180 from Joanne McNulty who held a coffee morning in Chard.  Joanne also donated £95 in 5ps from herself, family & friends, 5p collections of £10 from Stephanie Lawrence & Marilyn Woodland, £29 from the staff at Boots Taunton, £2 from Pauline Harrison and £8 from Margaret King and Rosemary Smith and left at the Beacon Centre was £5.16, mainly in 5ps from Lilian C Henson, £33 in 5p from Ruth Dyke & Julian Stainton and from the Beacon Centre £182.85, mainly in 5ps. 

This week's total is £2,724.51 

Thank you for all your donations.

07 July 2019Donations Update

Donations this week are £50 from the Burnham & District Model Railway Club, an anonymous donation of £7.50 in 5ps, £41 in 5ps from Sarah Miller of Bridgwater, £19 in 5ps from Angela Coombes of Puriton, from collection pots - £7.03 from Trull Stores, Honiton Rd, £64.08 from Tesco Express, East Reach, £20.17 from Tesco Express, Comeytrowe and £36.86 from Londis, Taunton Rd, Bridgwater and from the Beacon Centre, £77.95, mainly in 5ps.

This week's total is £323.59

Thank you for all your donations.

30 June 2019Donations Update

SURE has received a further £2,117.02 from Councillor Catherine Herbert bringing the total raised over the year in which SURE was one of her supported charities during her year in office as Mayor of Taunton Deane to £3,510.31, SURE was also the charity of the year chosen by both the ladies' and men's Captains at Enmore Golf Club.  Paul Thorogood, the men's Captain presented SURE with a cheque for £6,381.02.  This is in addition to the ladies' Captain's donation already received.  The money was raised at various events such as "Party in the Park", auctions and charity days.  The total raised by Enmore Golf Club was £7,926.52.  Other donations this week are £70.95 from the 5p collection at Minster Pharmacy, Ilminster, whose collection pot also contained £7.36, and from the Beacon Centre was £29.45 in 5ps from Mr T F Quinlan of Taunton, £80.80 mainly in 5ps and 20ps from Blagdon Retirement Village, £30.30 from Jan Biddiscombe and friends and from the Beacon Centre, £104.86, mainly in 5ps.

This week's total is £8,821.76

Thank you for all your donations.

28 June 2019Enmore Park Golf Club cheque presentation

Captain of Enmore Park Golf Club was Paul Thorogood 2018-2019 and the lady Captain was Jackie Bull, during the year they supported SURE as their chosen Charity.

We had a variety of events including "Party in the Park", auctions and Charity Days. Paul wanted to thank all members, guests and sponsors who have assisted in raising a total of £7,936.52 for the SURE charity,

Paul has great pleasure in presenting the final cheque for the remaining £6,381.02 to Gail Wills and Sarah Miller of SURE.

Our thanks to all members of Enmore Park Golf Club for your generous support of SURE over the past year.

27 June 2019Presentation to SURE by the last Mayor of Taunton Deane

The photo shows Cllr Catherine Herbert, the last Mayor of Taunton Deane, presenting a cheque for £3,510.31 to SURE Chairman Paul Alway. This is the final amount which was raised for SURE during her year as Mayor in which SURE was one of the Mayor’s chosen charities.

The presentation took place at Mr Miles Tea Rooms in Taunton which had also hosted the Mayors charity tea parties over the year.

Many thanks to Catherine Herbert for choosing SURE and to all those who supported and donated to the Mayor’s charities during her year in office.

27 June 2019Taunton Motorcycle Action Group presents cheque to SURE

The Taunton Motor Cycle Acton Group raised £500 at their Tone Valley Tea Rally held on the late May Bank Holiday. 

 

The cheque presentation was at the group's meeting at the Maypole Inn, Thurloxton, on Wednesday evening.

 

The photo shows Gail Wills of SURE being presented with a cheque from Tim Poole (grey tea shirt) and Dan on each side of Gail.  The Taunton members are (from left to right)

Sam, Lorna, Stuart, Martin, Brian, Tim, Tony and Ollie.

23 June 2019Donations Update

Donations this week are £1,000 from the New Horizon Singers raised from their concerts throughout the year, a further £21 from Ron Greenway from his 90th birthday party, 5p collections from Teryn Chorley of £5, from Pauline Burt of £3.25, an anon donation of £2.90, from the collection pots at the One Stop Shop Galmington £39.02, from the collection pots at Tesco Express, High St, Taunton £130, and from the Beacon Centre was £25.90 in 5ps left by Val & friends from Westonzoyland and from the Beacon Centre, £112.90, mainly in 5ps.

This week's total is £1,339.97

Thank you for all your donations.

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