Regulars of the S-Bar at Snow Hill have raised £7,000 for the Jersey Cancer Trust.
The fundraising, which was organised by Trevor Lloyd, Gaye McClymont and Josie Wilson started with a sponsored fun run/walk in March to St. Aubin’s as well as other collections and donations being made.
The regulars decided that they wanted to raise funds in memory of a friend that died last year. Initially they had hoped that they would be able to raise a few hundred pounds which they would donate to the Jersey Cancer Trust, whose main fund raising effort is for the refurbishment of Oncology Unit at the Jersey General Hospital.
Trevor said that the idea to help cancer patients started when Stephen Caulfield lost his fight with leukaemia in April 2012, ‘that was such a sad and upsetting time that we thought we should try and help others, its be a real privilege and delight to organise the fun run with Josie and Gaye, Stephen’s sister . The reason we have been able to raise so much money for Jersey Cancer Trust is not because of us but because Stephen was such a well known and well liked guy, everyone in the S-Bar misses him. When people heard that we would be fund raising they all wanted to join the walk or did their own collections or sponsored walkers to support us.’
‘Everyone has been so generous’ said Gaye, ‘we can’t believe we have raised so much money and I’m sure that my brother Stephen would have been thrilled that we have done so well to help other patients’
A buffet and presentation of a cheque for £7,000 was held on Stephen’s first anniversary at the S-Bar, Trevor added ‘we could not of done this without the full support of the S-Bar management and staff who have been so supportive, they put on an after walk lunch for us and have helped us with our collecting, they have also arranged for the cheque presentation event here’
Colin Burgess, Chairman of Jersey Cancer Trust received the cheque and said ‘this is a fantastic effort by everyone at the S-Bar, it’s such a surprise, I had no idea that they had been so successful and can’t thank them enough. Jersey Cancer Trust is very grateful for this amazing donation and to all of Stephen’s family and friends’. Accepting the cheque from Stephen’s sister ‘Gaye, Josie and Trevor would like the money to be used as a legacy and lasting memory for Stephen, so we will work together to ensure that we achieve this’ he said.