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Comedy night cures the Sunday evening blues and raises money for scanner appeal

Bath Cancer Unit Support Group (BCUSG) held a comedy night at Leigh Park Community Centre on Sunday 22nd February to raise funds for their Positron Scanner appeal.  

More than 80 people attended the evening, hosted by local master of ceremonies, Sal Monello. The acts included Channel 4’s Trick Artist, Ben Earl, who started the evening with some amazing card tricks, followed by local Trowbridge comedian, Glenn Burford.

The evening was closed by comedian Danny Buckler, who was a real crowd pleaser. Danny has various TV credits to his name, and has also toured with Victoria Wood and Jon Richardson, as well as taking his own show to the Edinburgh Festival. Support was also provided by local restaurant, Zia Pizza, who catered a ploughman’s supper which was enjoyed by all.

The evening was a great success, adding £800 to the scanner appeal fund. BCUSG have now raised £1 million, of the £1.2m target needed for the positron scanner at the RUH in Bath. The order for the scanner has already been placed, and preparations are underway for the bunker which will house it. The Cancer Unit are targeting 1st December for the first patient to be scanned.

Positron Emission Tomography is a type of nuclear imaging which uses tiny amounts for radioactive material to help pinpoint where the cancer is within the body and how advanced it is. By combining this with the CT scanner functionality, the results enable a far more accurate diagnosis, and this informs the treatment plan.

Currently, patients needing the specialist scan must travel to Cheltenham. Securing a scanner for the RUH is therefore an important achievement for local people.

Marie Brichard-Parsons, the BCUSG committee member representing Westbury said, “We are really proud of the funds raised so far, but we can only do so with the support of local people coming along to events such as this.

“Our committee members are all volunteers and we work hard to minimise our costs, meaning that an average of 96 pence in every £1 donated goes straight to the RUH cancer unit.

“We are always interested to hear new fundraising ideas, and welcome any time local people can give to support us, even if it’s just the occasional hour.”

Anyone wishing to get involved in helping the charity can get in contact via the website www.trowbridgefrb-bcusg.org or by following Bath Cancer Unit Support Group on Facebook.