Christmas Pig Racing raises over £1600 for charity

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Somerset County Cricket Club handed over a cheque for more than £1600 to Musgrove Park Hospital’s Beacon Centre today (Tuesday).

The money was raised at our 2015 Christmas Party Nights thanks to our annual Pig Races!

During each Christmas Party Night all our guests are asked to buy a toy pig for the evening to help raise money for charity. Once all the pigs had been purchased they are lined up, switched on and let go!

Catering General Manager Sam Safe said: “We introduced Pig Racing to our Christmas Party Nights a few years ago and it has proved to be an extremely popular way of raising money for charity. The Beacon Centre is a cause that is very close to our hearts because my husband, who is also the Club’s Executive Chef, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014.  With the help of all the staff at the Beacon Centre, amongst others he has now made a full recovery and they continue to help hundreds of patients every year.  

“They were also a tremendous help when the wife of our colleague Brian Lee was diagnosed with cancer last year. The support that they offer to people affected by all kinds of cancers is second to none and they do an amazing job. It’s been a pleasure to raise this money for this very worthy cause.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who attended our Christmas Party Nights because it’s their generosity that has helped us to raise this amazing total.”

Musgrove Park Hospital’s Beacon Centre opened for patients in May 2009 in a bid to ensure that that approximately 1200 cancer patients each year will no longer need to travel the long distance to Bristol for their radiotherapy treatment.

On receiving the cheque Denise Noonan, the Senior Sister at the Beacon Day Unit, said: “Donations like todays make such a difference to the Beacon Centre.  They enable us to help provide equipment plus furnishings and artwork to help patients feel more comfortable whilst they undergo their treatment.  This money will go a long way to helping to make a better environment for both patients and staff which is fabulous, so thank you to everyone who donated!”

Pictured are Mandy Lee (Former Beacon Centre Patient), Denise Noonan (Senior Sister, Beacon Day Unit), Guy Lavender (Somerset CCC CEO) and Brian Lee (Somerset CCC Hospitality & Event Sales).