FundRaising For the Positron Scanner

Posted on Oct 29, 2013

James and Family

James and Family

In late June early July the Trowbridge Fund Raising Branch was approached by a small local group from Hilperton/Trowbridge who wanted to raise funds for the Scanner in support of two very close friends of theirs. Both friends are male, in their 30’s, both with a young family and both were being treated at the R.U.H. for cancer. James Shadwell, father to Emily, who was born just a few weeks after James was diagnosed is a non smoker and was diagnosed with lung cancer in May of this year, his illness is non operable and he is currently undergoing chemotherapy prior to being re assessed. Matt Hoskins, the other group friend was diagnosed with a brain tumour just after Christmas and he also has a daughter, Freya who was 12 months old in May. This brief synopsis hopefully will give you some idea how close this group of friends are and have been since their school days.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Their fund raising idea was to have a small team of four, (with a support vehicle) namely Rob Janes, Dan Pearce, Gemma Smith and Tom Guilford, ably supported in the U.K by Chris Janes and Chris Pescodride to cycle from Tower Bridge London and pedal to the Tour Eiffel, Paris, with the ride taking place over three gruelling days in August, 14th-16th. The Parisian Pedallers made their own travel arrangements with the Trowbridge Branch contributing special T Shirts, collecting tins for donations en-route and where possible setting up press and radio interviews and designing/supplying a banner for the Support vehicle.

Pedal To Paris T-Shirt

Pedal To Paris T-Shirt

Their first day’s route took them over the North and South Downs to an overnight stop at Newhaven, a punishing 76 miles. Catching a morning ferry crossing to Dieppe and an overnight halt at Dampierre-en-Bray, where a four course local evening meal with local cider was much enjoyed. The third day brought the long slog into Paris via the pretty town of Marines and an emotional end beneath the Tour Eiffel, a total distance of 210 miles, in support of their close friends.

Matt and Family

Matt and Family

People have and were encouraged to donate to the Scanner by going to www.bcusg.org” www.bcusg.org and clicking on the donate button, not forgetting to follow and add the simple instructions of London to Paris Cycle Ride August 2013. Donations are still very welcome for this worth while cause, so it’s not too late even now to add to the current estimated total in August of £2000

N.B. Sadly Matt lost his battle to see his close friend’s achievement, passing away on the 10th August. With an extremely large circle of friends he will be much missed.