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12 November 2019Margaret Harper “Sparklers” continued support of SURE

Ashill fused glass designer Margaret Harper has presented a cheque for £1,400 to S.U.R.E.

Trading as Sparklers, a name which reflects the multicoloured brilliance of the dichroic glass that she transforms into stunning pendants, necklaces, and earrings, Margaret began supporting S.U.R.E. in February 2007 by donating the profit from sales of her jewellery. each year since then Margaret has made further donations and her latest cheque brings the total Margaret has raised for SURE to just over £15,000!

The photo shows Margaret presenting the cheque to Roy Hole and Paul Alway of SURE.

Margaret has also raised over £6,000 for other local charities by organising an annual handmade Christmas Craft Fair at Monks Yard. This years event, in Monks Yard at Horton Manor, will be held on Saturday 23rd November, with free entry and car parking, from 10:00 to 16:00, with over 30 carefully selected stall holders offering a wide range of high quality unique and affordable gifts along with Margaret's own glass pieces.

12 November 2019RPC-BPI Bridgwater supporting SURE

 

A cheque of £1000 was presented to SURE from RPC-BPI Bridgwater on Monday 11th November.The cheque is part of the Company’s Charity Benefit Scheme donating £1000 per quarter to local charities.

Presenting the cheque on behalf of RPC-BPI is Ken Parkin and Annette Duddy.   Ken’s grandchildren did a charity collection for S.U.R.E in 2018 and suggested to him that his employer may like to donate to the charity. The children were very pleased the company had chosen S.U.R.E and receiving the cheque on the charity’s behalf is Sarah Miller and Gail Wills who both thanked RPC-BCI for such a wonderful donation and how it would help towards purchasing equipment in the radiotherapy department.
Thank you to all at RPC-BPI Bridgwater for your generous support of SURE.

11 November 2019Donations Update

Donations this week are £301.40 from St George's Church, Wilton, collected during a recent service, £40 donation from Susie and Russell Needham, £20.40 in 5ps from members of the New Horizon Singers, £9.80 from the collection pot at Lizzies Kitchen, Burnham, £50.90 from the collection pots at Taunton Country Market, Bath Place, and from the Beacon Centre was £162.01 including £105 in 5ps. 

This week's total is £594.51

Thank you for all your donations.

03 November 2019Donations Update

Donations this week are £350 from Mrs D Dewis, £150 from Kevin Jarman in lieu of payment for work and donated in memory of Paddy Potter, £35 from the collection pot at Tesco Express, North Petherton, £16.27 from the collection pot at the Co-Op, Monkton Heathfield, £78.60 in further donations from Stewart Kitch, following his sponsored Somerset Cycle Ride, bringing the total raised to £578.60, £7 in 5ps from the Potter family and friends, and left at the Beacon Centre was £35 from Norman Tomkies of Street, £20 in 5ps from Creech St Michael WI and from the Beacon Centre was £146.81 mainly in 5ps. 
This week's total is £838.68

Thank you for all your donations.

28 October 2019Donations Update

Donations this week are £440 from Diane and John Tiplady which were donations received in lieu of presents at their 50th Wedding Anniversary party, £300 from Serena Lumley who held an Art Exhibition at Kingston St Mary Village Hall, an anonymous donation of £500, £100 from the Stoke Levellers, raised at their annual Auction of Harvest Ware, £53.75 in 5ps from Hemyock Short Mat Bowling Club, £450 from the Tangent Group in Wellington, raised at a coffee morning, £25 donation from the Homburg Trust Society, £20 donation from Rosalind and Mike, £150 donation from Mrs Chris Everett for the loan of a clarinet, and anonymous donation of 5ps of £10,  and from collection pots, £109.09 from Tesco Express, East Reach, £6.08 from the Crust Cob, Burnham, £29.42 from Tesco Express, Comeytrowe, and £6.74 from Trull Stores, Honiton Rd, and left at the Beacon Centre was £10 in 5ps from Merv & Barbara Deer, £30 in 5ps from Beryl Hake, family & friends, £5 from Marie Gilvear, £25 from Colin & Wendy Crawford, family & friends and from the Beacon Centre was £153.10 mainly in 5ps. 


This week's total is £2,423.18

Thank you for all your donations.

20 October 2019Wellington Tangents support SURE

On Wednesday 16th October Paul Alway (SURE Chairman) received a cheque from Anne Eagle, Chairman of Wellington Tangents, at their meeting at Dukes Court in Wellington and updated the ladies on how SURE fundraising is supporting the replacement of the Radiotherapy treatment machines at the Beacon Centre during 2019-20.

The ladies held a coffee morning and raised £450 for SURE.

Thanks go to all members of the Wellington Tangents for your generosity and support.

20 October 2019Donations Update

Donations this week we’re mainly from 5p collections and they include £14.05 from staff at Boots, £73.15 from The South Somerset Choral Society, £125 from Claire Jones and family, and £131.65 from patients at the Beacon Centre. We also received a donation of £30 from Mrs Noakes in memory of Keith Greedy who was a patient at the Beacon Centre.
The total donations this past week is £373.85.  

Thank you all for your donations.

13 October 2019Bishops Lydeard Mill support of SURE

Another year has passed and SURE volunteers have once again welcomed visitors to the Bishop Lydeard Mill and manned the reception desk every Tuesday and once a month on Sundays from June until the end of September.
It has been an enjoyable year culminating with Carol Young (our rota manager) being presented with a cheque for SURE for £2,800 on Wednesday 2nd October 2019.

The photo shows Carol receiving the cheque from the gentleman that lives close to the Mill and kindly allows the sign directing to the Mill to be fixed on his garden wall.

Charlie and Yvonne Back who own the Mill, and have worked so hard to make the Mill such an amazing attraction, were at the presentation. Our very sincere thanks goes to them both for supporting SURE as well as 3 other charities.
Our thanks also goes out to Carol and Richard Young and all the participating volunteers.

13 October 2019Donations Update

Donations this week are £300 from Chris Wardle who raised the money in lieu of presents for her 80th birthday, £200 in 5ps from Reg Hooper who collected the money from friends at The Lawns Social Club, £39.70 from the Moose Ladies Circle, £45 in memory of Maureen Ward and £250 from the Colley Lane Truck and Bus Ltd. Other donations include £161.11 from patients at the Beacon Centre and £575.98 from The Tankards Club to fund 2 wall-mounted monitors for a Radiotherapy Treatment Room. SURE received £49.68 from the collection box in the Galmington One Stop Shop.
The total this week is £1621.47

Thank you for all your donations.

06 October 2019Donations Update

Donations this week are £2,800 from Bishop's Lydeard Mill which is a share of their receipts for the 2019 season, £36 donation via the Pay Pal Giving Funds and left at the Beacon Centre was £15 in 5ps from Mrs Claire Bull, £10 in 5ps from Mrs Mary Bull, £5 in 5ps from Roger & Chris Perkins, £5 in 5ps from Lynda Turner in memory of Geoff Turner and from the Beacon Centre was £107.30 mainly in 5ps. 

This week's total is £2,978.30

Thank you for all your donations.

29 September 2019Donations Update

Donations this week are £103.15 from the collection pot at Tesco Express, East Reach, £55.95 raised by staff from the Child Maintenance Group, (DWP), Taunton Office, £84 from the collection pot at Tesco Express, North Petherton, £25 in 5ps from June Robinson & friends, £99.33 from card sales at the Beacon Centre in memory of Linda Woods and left at the Beacon Centre was £3.60 in 5ps from Lily, £29.95 in 5ps from West Buckland WI and from the Beacon Centre was £66.15 mainly in 5ps. 

This week's total is £463.13

Thank you for all your donations.

22 September 2019Donations Update

Donations this week are £1,412.17 from Trisha Phillips of Wells who celebrated her 50th birthday in July by doing a sponsored head shave, £68.47 from Stephen Woods collection pot, £1.95 in 5ps from Gillian Robson, £9.64 from the collection pot at Trull Stores, Honiton Road, £73.50 from the 5p collection at Minster Pharmacy, Ilminster, £30. 40 from the collection pots at Tesco Express, Comeytrowe and from the Beacon Centre was £100.40 in 5ps. 

This week's total is £1,696.53

Thank you for all your donations.

 

22 September 2019SURE Funding Update

2018 saw the Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment (S.U.R.E.) provide funding of £494,162 to the Beacon Centre and Musgrove Park Hospital, with two major spends, the replacement of the SURE CT Scanner at the Beacon Centre which went live in June 2018 and SURE's donation of £110,000 to the MRI Scanner appeal at Musgrove Park Hospital.

2019 is looking to be another big year for SURE.

The Beacon Centre cancer treatment centre at Musgrove Park Hospital opened in May 2009, so after 10 years in service the rolling replacement of the three Radiotherapy Treatment machines (Linear Accelerator) is underway and due for completion in 2020. 

SURE is funding a number of projects in support of the replacement of the three Radiotherapy treatment machines at the Beacon Centre. 

As a result SURE is expecting to fund requests in excess of £500,000 to ensure the new Radiotherapy treatment machines are able to give maximum benefit to patients and deliver the latest treatments.

The photo shows the completion of Pegasus, the first new treatment machine which starts treating patients on 23rd September. The SURE provided ceiling light box looks terrific and certainly changes the feeling in the treatment room.

SURE has already committed £361,000 of funding to the Replacement programme, including:

● Upgrade the computer system which manages patient treatment plans 

● Provision of ceiling lights above each new Radiotherapy machine to improve the patient experience.

● Replacement of some of the patient immobilisation devices.

● Additional wall mounted monitor screens in each treatment room to display patient information and treatment plans.

 

Additional projects seeking SURE funding of £150,000 are expected to be approved by the end of 2019, including:

● Upgrade to the Radiotherapy Treatment Planning computer software to aid the speedy calculation of treatment plans.

● Replacement and upgrade of the computer network data hardware used to hold backup treatment plan data.

 

SURE supporters have raised over £3M to fund equipment at the  Beacon Centre and Musgrove Park Hospital over the past 10 years and further SURE funding will ensure cancer patients across Somerset continue to receive first class radiotherapy treatment over the next 10 years and beyond.

 

You can make an online donation to 'Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment' at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/ 

Cheques should be make payable to “SURE” and sent to our registered address: 44 Calder Crescent, Taunton, TA1 2NH.

 

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.

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