Fundraising walk shines ray of hope for Beacon Cancer Centre
At the end of April, fundraiser Jo Atkins and her husband Nigel took on a five-mile sponsored walk round Clatworthy reservoir, on the edge of Exmoor. Their walk raised money for S.U.R.E – a cancer charity that supported Jo’s parents, Joyce and John Hensley.
Supporting the Beacon Centre
S.U.R.E. is a local Somerset cancer charity set up in 2000. It provides specialist cancer treatment equipment for the Beacon Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.
Since its inception, more than 20 items of advanced technology have been funded by S.U.R.E, along with a facility to make screening masks for patients with facial and throat cancers.
The charity provides equipment for new or better treatments that would not otherwise be available within the NHS budget.
Jo’s parents received excellent care at the Beacon Centre in the last days of their lives. Jo says: “The care my mum received at the Beacon Centre was wonderful. The staff, when she was having her chemo, were wonderful and when she was an inpatient for a week they were very kind and showed great compassion.”
Speaking of her dad’s treatment, she adds: “The staff were marvelous and couldn't do enough for him. The girls in Hematology got used to him being a practical joker.”
Making every penny count
The charity is proud that for every pound donated, more than 99.5p goes into the fund.
Paul Alway, acting chairman for S.U.R.E explains: “We rely on many individual fundraisers like Jo to enable us to meet our ambition to keep the Beacon Centre as a centre of excellence in the treatment of cancer by maintaining existing and providing new equipment.
“All donations, large and small, are vital to us. As technology evolves, so does SURE and the Beacon Centre. BT MyDonate enables SURE to rattle our electronic collection bucket and reach many more supporters than we could without it.”
Find out more about S.U.R.E and how the charity is supporting Musgrove Park Hospital