Chairmans Comments

Posted on November 12, 2015

Remarkable fundraising achievements by inspirational young people

During the past few weeks I have had the privilege of meeting young fund raisers who are totally committed to ensuring that the Positron Scanner Appeal target is reached.
Twelve years ago Rhiannon and Paige Clark from Melksham lost their mother to cancer.

Earlier this year their father spotted news of the Appeal and immediately his daughters, who are pupils of Melksham Oak Community School, decided that they needed to contribute to the appeal so that other cancer patients would not have to travel to London, as their mother had to do, for PET/CT scans.


With the support of their fellow pupils various fundraising events were held and recently I was invited to visit the school to give a presentation about the scanner and to collect a cheque for the remarkable sum of £898.00.

Every year pupils of Beechen Cliff School in Bath volunteer to undertake the school’s Centurion Challenge which requires participants to hike 100 miles in just 48 hours and this year the sponsorship which every participant raises will be donated to the Positron Scanner Appeal.
Aspiring Centurions left the main door of the school at 4pm on Friday afternoon 3 July and followed a specified route to the Kennet & Avon Canal. They walked along the tow path to Devizes where the pupils camped overnight. On the Saturday they continued their hike to the Parish Church at Hungerford, returning to the Devizes camp site on the Saturday evening. On Sunday 5 July the pupils made their way back to Beechen Cliff School.

Only those who touched the school’s front door no later than 4pm could claim to be a Centurion. The sole time keeper was, as one would expect, the Headmaster, Mr Andrew Davies.
Whilst all the Centurion challengers received a Centurion Challengers ‘T’ Shirt, which this year bore the letters BCUSG and the charity’s logo, only those who finished within 48 hours received a Centurion Challengers Tie.


The first to complete the Challenge was Jacob Govier and the next three, Dan Ashenden, Rufus Jones and Tom Pearce all came in together and their names will be recorded on the Centurion Challengers Roll of Honour.

Having met with Rhiannon and Paige and the 89 Beechen Cliff Centurion Challengers I was mightily impressed by the commitment of these young people to improving the facilities for those suffering from cancer at the RUH. Such commitment can truly be described as inspirational.

Positron Scanner Appeal tops £1,150,000

As this latest issue of Supportline goes to press I am delighted to be able to advise that the Positron Scanner Appeal has topped £1,150,000. This is a remarkable achievement particularly as the majority of the funds have been raised by locally based donors. The plans for the modification of the RUH to accommodate the new scanner have been approved and it is anticipated that the first scans should be undertaken next June. Every effort is now being made to raise the remaining £50,000.

Trowbridge Branch of BCUSG has record breaking year!

In the previous edition of Supportline I mentioned that the hard working members of the Trowbridge Branch had raised no less than £30,000 during 2013 well, that amount has been surpassed for during 2014 the Trowbridge branch raised the staggering sum of £70,000. The trustees join with me in thanking all who have contributed to this record breaking amount.

Thanks to the 2014/15 Mayor of Bath

Yet again the charity has benefitted from the support of Bath’s first citizen and Patron of The Positron Scanner Appeal, The Worshipful The Mayor of Bath Councillor Cherry Beath. Throughout her year in office Cherry lent her support to various BCUSG events, culminating in the presentation of a record number of £1,000 certificates at the annual award ceremony, more details of which can be found on pages 8 and 9.

Positron Scanner Appeal chosen by the 2015/16 Chairman of B&NES to benefit from his charitable fundraising events

Councillor Ian Gilchrist, Chairman of Bath and North East Somerset Council has chosen BCUSG’s Positron Scanner Appeal to be one of three charities to benefit from his charitable fund raising events which will be held during his term of office. More details will be announced on the BCUSG website.


For your continuing support I extend grateful thanks.

John Carter - Chairman of Trustees and Hon Chief Executive

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