Trowbridge Report

Posted on Oct 14, 2014

Fundraising efforts for the Positron Scanner Appeal really stepped up a gear during the Christmas period, with a staggering £3,962 raised within the two main shopping centres.

Trowbridge ReportJulie Davis, manager of Castle Place Shopping Centre, conceived the notion of an Enchanted Tree to be planted in the centre of the shopping mall throughout December offering shoppers the chance to hang their Wish, Kiss or Missed messages on its branches for a £1 donation. The bare tree was provided by a local tree surgeon, HJ Knee donated the lights and a group of Julie’s friends kindly cut out 2,000 heart & star message cards.

Supportline Issue 52The Tree was unveiled on the 30th November by Diane Scott, who teaches Ballet and Tap at the Morphew School of Dance in Trowbridge, accompanied by 4 of her young dance stars. Diane, who finished four months of treatment for Breast Cancer at the RUH in March 2012, knows only too well the importance of supporting the Unit. At the launch, Diane gave a beautiful heart felt plea for support of the Scanner Appeal before placing her own message on the Tree. The Tree was manned by loyal BCUSG Volunteers for 25 days, and thanks to very generous shoppers, raised a tremendous £2,724.

Meanwhile over at The Shires, Centre Manager Sarah-Louise Moore, had arranged for a 40ft Christmas Tree to be built by local Balloon Modeller Dave Hickory. Diane Scott and her Dance Troup helped Dave to put the first balloons in place, and more than 400 balloons and 5 hours later, Dave placed a beautiful balloon Angel on the top of the Tree, which almost reached the ceiling. Sarah-Louise was thrilled with the finished tree, which stayed in situ for a week, as was Dave who had only practiced with a 6ft creation prior to building the Shires Tree. An amazing total £1,253 was donated to the Scanner Appeal by generous Shoppers whilst watching the Balloon Tree grow and through collecting tins on the 14th December as well as having a bucket sited within the lovely Christmas Grotto.

The committee are obviously delighted with the amounts donated during the Christmas period, and would like to thank Julie and Sarah-Louise for instigating two very different Festive Tree initiatives, and to everyone who contributed to the £2,724 that will be added to the Scanner Appeal fund.