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12 December 2019Family support & fundraising benefits SURE

In addition to the donation of £452.64 from the initiative instigated by Carolyn Stait and the ladies from Burnham and Berrow golf club, Yvonne Evans, Hazel’s sister also organised a charity collection from family and friends in support of Hazel & John Bevan who were both diagnosed with cancer on April 1st. 
 

The photograph shows Carol Summerfield from SURE receiving a cheque for £1200 from Hazel and John.

08 December 2019Donations Update

Donations this week are £1,710.75 from the Greenway Guys (David Thomas and Geoff Bell) who completed the sponsored Great Exmoor 66 mile Cycle Ride in September, £500 from the Masonic Lodge of St George L3158, £20 from Knapp Creations from PJJ's Anniversary Party, £250 from Martin Wale and some musical friends who performed at a 60's Country Night at Coombe St Nicholas Village Hall, £440 from Richard and Carol Jenkins of North Newton in lieu of 40th Wedding Anniversary presents, £7.40 from the collection pot at Trull Stores, Honiton Road, £6.10 in 5ps from members of the New Horizon Singers, £34 from Joy Hartshorne and her friend Beattie raised from the sale of craft items and from the Beacon Centre was £8.50 in 10ps from Rich and Chris Turner, £5.35 in 5ps from Eileen Reading and Janet Langdon, £2.10 in 5ps from Sheila Cross and from the Beacon Centre £99.40 mainly in 5ps.

This week's total is £3,083.60

Thank you for all your donations.

08 December 2019Greenway Guys fundraiser for SURE

Carole Summerfield and Gail Wills from SURE receiving a cheque for £1,710.75 from the Greenway Guys (David Thomas, right, next to Gail and Geoff Bell, left, next to Carole) raised by undertaking the Great Exmoor Ride on 1 September, a sponsored 66 mile cycle ride from Taunton to Blue Anchor, across Exmoor, which included in excess of 5000 feet climbing.

Thank you David and Geoff for your amazing support.

01 December 2019Donations Update

 

Donations this week are £1,714.35 raised by Karen Beaver of Minehead, who together with her daughter Kristy Johnson undertook a sponsored trek and climb in the Carpathian mountains in Transylvania, Romania.  They also held a raffle and a bingo night, £298.27 from Sarah Miller's craft stall at the Beacon Centre, £190 from Molly Bickley of Marsh raised at a recent charity lunch and general fundraising, £61.50 from Gail Wills and June Robinson raised from the sale of craft items at Santander bank, Bridgwater, a donation of £16.90 in coins from Carol Sampson and friends and £40 from Doug and Marcie Hayman of Wellington in lieu of buying Christmas cards. From collection pots there was £57 from Tesco Express High St, Taunton, £44.56 from Tesco Express, Comeytrowe, £14.90 from the Newsagents at Bishops Lydeard and £115.68 from Changes Hairdressers at Monkton Heathfield. From 5p collections there was £2.20 from Alan Sutton, £2.20 from E Ferris, an anonymous donation of £2.70 and £72.22 from Monster Pharmacy, Ilminster, and from the Beacon Centre was £92.20 including £75 in 5ps.
This week's total is £2,724.68

Thank you all for your donations.

28 November 2019Karen Beaver’s latest Fundraising challenge for SURE.

Carole Summerfield from SURE receiving a cheque from Karen Beaver of Minehead for £1,714.35, who together with her daughter Kristy Johnson, completed a sponsored 6 day trek in Transylvania, Romania in July, which included climbing 4 different mountains in the Carpathian Mountain range.
Money was also raised with a bingo evening and a raffle. 

Also in the photo is Kristy Johnson who raised £1,657.42 for the Giraffe Project in Kenya. Their trip was funded by Beaver Ford in Minehead. 
All Thanks to Karen and Kristy for your continued support of SURE.

 

24 November 2019Donations Update

Donations this week are £230 from North Curry Methodist Church raised following their Harvest Festival sale of produce held recently, £20.69 from the collection pots at Tesco Express, East Reach, 5p collections of £2 from Gillian Robson, £10 from Steph Lawrence, £4.25 from Norma Trangmar and left at the Beacon Centre was £550 from John and Jenny Wright and the Rotary Club of Chard, raised by selling items one Saturday in Chard, providing Sunday lunches at John and Jenny's home and a donation from one of their friends, £135 donation in loving memory of Ivan Tomalin, £28 in 5ps from Don and Caroline Hillman, and from the Beacon Centre was £253.90 mainly  in 5ps. 
This week's total is £1,234.84

Thank you for all your donations.

17 November 2019Donations Update

Donations this week are £1,400 from Margaret Harper of Ashill, raised from the sale of her fused glass jewelry, Margaret has raised £15,000 for SURE to date, £1,000 from RPC-BPI of Bridgwater, which is part of the Company's Charity Benefit Scheme and SURE was suggested by one of their employees, Ken Parkin, £100 from Chris Chaffey of Washford, in lieu of wedding presents, £452.64 from from ladies of the Burnham and Berrow Golf Club, particularly the Alliance Team, raised during their "Winning Points for Hazel" campaign, and £1,800 from Janet O'Neill and her son Thomas of West Huntspill raised at a garden party for family and friends in memory of Janet's daughter Bridget O'Neill.  The 5p collections are £45 from Smeatharpe WI, £3.90 from Connie Morley, £5 from Jacqui and Peter Curry and an anonymous £5.  Left at the Beacon Centre was £51.50 from the CFCO, Brendon House, Taunton, raised at coffee mornings, £25 in 5ps from Mr & Mrs Manning of Fairview, £20 in 5ps from Mrs Annie Hagger, family & friends, £22.15 in 5ps from St Michael's Ladies Circle, Galmington, and from the Beacon Centre was £163.80 in 5ps. 
This week's total is £5,094.19

Thank you for all your donations.

15 November 2019

When Hazel Bevan and her husband John were both diagnosed with cancer in April the ladies at her Golf Club were determined to support her and also to raise funds for the charity of her choice, saying "All of the girls in the Alliance Teams Squad want you to know that we are all in your corner and thinking of you every time we go out in our new team colours! We would very much like to achieve something practical with all these thoughts and so we would like to launch a new Alliance campaign to run concurrently with the normal one of doing the best we can on the course:  this additional one we would like to call “Winning Points for Hazel”.

"For all the points we win as a team, we will contribute a set sum for each point (divided equally amongst all team members - not just the ones that win their matches!  After all, it is a team thing!).  We’ll collect the resultant money throughout the year and end up with a lump sum to come to you and through you to whatever Charity you have chosen".

As a result the photo shows Hazel receiving a cheque for £452.64 for SURE from Carolyn and some of the Alliance teams ladies, which will be used to fund the purchase of new wall mounted monitors in one of the Radiotherapy treatment rooms at the Beacon Centre.

Thanks go to all the Ladies of the Alliance teams at Burnham and Berrow Golf Club.

 

 

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.

 

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