BRIGHT receives over £4,000 in the Co-op’s Community Fund Scheme

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BRIGHT is delighted to hear the news that they will be receiving a staggering £4,232.48 from the Co-op. This money has been raised by Guildford Co-op shoppers through their Community Fund Scheme.

The money is being used to fund the production of a Papillon Information DVD to help patients become more informed about this revolutionary treatment. BRIGHT along with another local charity GUTS helped to bring this new contact radiotherapy treatment to St Luke’s Cancer Centre at The Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford. Over 100 patients have now benefited from this new treatment.

Fetcham Park to host BRIGHT Christmas Shopping Event

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Fetcham Park will open its doors on Saturday 18th November for a festive charity shopping event in aid of BRIGHT.

Now in its third year, there will be stalls selling handcrafted, homemade wares from local artisans like Velvet Goose, Babybird Candles and IKKARA perfect for stocking fillers and gifts under the tree. Seasonally-inspired refreshments will be available and a luxurious raffle, full of decadent prizes to be won.

This year’s event also ties in with the charity celebrating treating its 100th patient on the Papillon Machine that, thanks to fundraising events like these they were able to jointly fund.

The BRIGHT Christmas shopping event at Fetcham Park will take place on Saturday 18th November, between 10am-4pm.

Suggested donations (on the door) are £3 per adult, children can visit for free.

On-site parking is available.

Ride for London 2017 a huge success!

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On Sunday 30th July, four amazing supporters; Simon, Danny, Tanya and Rob set their alarms for a very early start. Each rider successfully completed the 100 miles with the fastest time going to Rob who completed it in just over 4.5 hours! If they have inspired you, we have a limited number of guaranteed places available for the 2018 event so please do get in touch with olivia@bright-research.co.uk to secure a place.

Surrey Three Peaks Walk & Ride for London raises almost £12,000

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On the 24th June, 18 walkers took on the challenge to walk either 13 or 16 miles  climbing all three of the Surrey Peaks to help raise vital funds for BRIGHT cancer. Luckily the June heatwave subsided just in time for the walkers and everyone managed to make it back in one piece, albiet a few toenails were lost! The team were lucky enough to be joined by Sir Paul Beresford ( MP for Dorking) who turned up to show his support. The event was a staggering success and between this event and the Ride for London almost £12,000 was raised. If you are interested in being part of a walking team for 2018 please do get in touch with olivia@bright-research.co.uk.

Papillon Patient Evening a great success

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On 26th April, Dr Alexandra Stewart, Chair of the BRIGHT charity gave new and old patients an update on the results of the Papillon treatment available at St Luke’s Cancer Centre. The evening was hosted by the BRIGHT Charity who helped part fund the machine and bring the revolutionary treatment to the Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford. The evening was a chance for patients to meet other patients and to hear an update on the treatment and the plans for the future. Mr Prebble who was the first patient treated with this new machine scooped up the raffle prize – it wasn’t a fix! We were extremely lucky also to have been joined by Sue Davies who runs the PAPS Support group and her son Mark Davies, who was the youngest patient to be treated using this machine at the age of 31. If you have received Papillon treatment and would be willing to share your story to help others please get in touch with Olivia Abel on olivia@bright-research.co.uk

Charity Golf Day at Clandon Regis raises over £7,000!

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On the May 12th BRIGHT hosted a Charity Golf Day at the stunning Clandon Regis Golf Club. A bit of rain didn’t dampen the spirits on the day and it was a staggering success raising over £7,000 thanks to the generosity of old and new supporters. Huge thank you goes to Committee Member Claire Charlier who dedicated a great deal of time and passion into helping make the day such a success. If you would like to run a similar Golf Day for us then please get in touch with Olivia Abel on olivia@bright-research.co.uk.

SURREY THREE PEAKS WALK – 24th June 2017 ( Places still available)

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BRIGHT are putting together a team to walk the Surrey Three Peaks on 24th June to help raise vital funds to enable us to carry on the research into better treatment options for gastro-intestinal cancer. We still have places left, so if you are interested in being part of this amazing team please contact olivia.abel@bright-research.co.uk. Or if you don’t fancy walking we are always looking for lovely volunteers to help cheer our fundraisers on.

BRIGHT Fundraising Golf Event at Clandon Regis Golf Club – Friday 12th May 2017

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On Friday 12th May 2017, BRIGHT will be hosting a Charity Golf Day at the stunning Clandon Regis Golf Club in West Clandon, Surrey. The cost is £55pp for members and £75pp for non members. This includes breakfast and a late lunch.

For more details and to reserve a team please contact our Committee member Claire Charlier at c.charlier1@outlook.com, who is kindly organising this fantastic event.

Braving the cold for BRIDGE!

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Last Friday over 60 loyal supporters of BRIGHT braved the cold icy conditions to come along to BRIGHT’s Annual Bridge fundraising which was  kindly hosted by  Clandon Regis Golf Club.

After a delicious buffet lunch, the bridge players enjoyed a great afternoon of cards and helped to raise over £800 for the charity – a fantastic sum.

The support from the players and the club was amazing and the money raised will go towards funding vital research and new treatment options for GI cancer patients.

As the event was such a success, we have already planned to hold our next bridge event at the same venue on Friday 12 January 2018 (more details nearer the time). If you are interested to take part please contact zoe_parkin@hotmail.com to reserve a table.

BRIGHT’s first Charity Football Match raises over £1500!

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BRIGHT's Charity Football Match

On Saturday 5th November BRIGHT hosted it’s first ever Charty football Match at Surrey Sports Park. Despite the cold 22 players eagerly put on their orange or white t-shirts and began playing like it was for their country! Onlookers could have been forgiven for thinking that the Dutch and England football teams were playing a friendly at Surrey Sports Park last night, so bright were the orange and white shirts gracing the field and so sublime were the touches of the two teams.

It was a fantastic evening which resulted in over £1,500 being raised for the charity.

Celebrating BRIGHT’s 20th Anniversary – Fetcham Park 21st September

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BRIGHT's 20th Anniversary at Fetcham Park

Last month we celebrated a milestone in the history of BRIGHT, after 20 years of funding research into better treatment options for GI patients in Surrey and the surrounding areas.

The celebration took place at Fetcham Park kindly donated by Sandra Young, a key supporter of the charity. We were joined by other loyal supporters including Sir Paul Beresford MP, who kindly took time out of his busy schedule to show his support and thank the Charity Trustees for working hard to raise vital funds to ensure better outcomes for local residents in his constituency.

Our Founder Dr Clare Topham took everyone down a trip dowm memory lane to remind everyone why the charity was established.  Clare was followed by Dr Alex Stewart, the current Chair of the Charity who set out our exciting plans for the next chapter in our history.