Brilliant bridge event


This year's bridge event was kindly hosted by the Clandon Regis Golf Club (where BRIGHT is currently the Captain's charity). After a delicious buffet lunch, almost 100 bridge players enjoyed a great afternoon of cards and helped to raise over £1,100 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 15 January 2016 (more details nearer the time). Thank you for your support and we hope to see you next year!

Shop till you drop


On the evening of Thursday 27 November, West Horsley Village Hall was transformed into a shoppers paradise - a handpicked selection of luxury and unique stalls all offering ideal gifts for Christmas. Shoppers browsed the beautiful stalls whilst enjoying a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. Through refreshment sales and a raffle, the event raised over £500 for BRIGHT. Thank you to everyone who attended - your support is very much appreciated

BRIGHT Christmas cards


Whilst the festive season might still seem a long way away, we all know it will be here before we know it. Get ahead of the game and order your Christmas cards from BRIGHT. There are two different designs available and a pack of five is £3 (of one design). To order, please contact

Armenian Adventure


BRIGHT supporter Irma Ozsivadjian gave a fascinating lecture about Armenia and the tale of a king, a girl, love and Christianity at the St John's Centre, Merrow on 12 September. The 40 guests then enjoyed a delicious lunch of Armenian specialities, the majority of which were also made by Irma. Thank you to all those who attended - and also to Irma. It was a super event and raised £850 for the charity.

Surrey Three Peaks Walk


On a sunny Saturday morning in August, a BRIGHT team of walkers set off to tackle the 'Surrey Three Peaks Walk'. The team, including charity trustee Dr Essapen and Professor Helmout Modjtahedi, who is currently undertaking a major bowel cancer research study, took on the 13 miles to cover Holmbury Hill, Leith Hill & Box Hill. Thanks to generous sponsorship for the walkers, the event help to raise almost £2,500. Picture - Dr Essapen & Professor Modjtahedi

Fashionable fundraising


In June, BRIGHT was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the five charities supported at the annual Serendipity Fashions Garden Party Week. The sun shone (most of the time!) and each day tea, coffee and delicious cakes were served in the garden to customers at the Chilworth shop. A different charity was supported each day and the BRIGHT 'day' was Thursday 5 June. Raffle tickets and a 5% donation of the day's takings raised money for the charity. Picture - Serendipity Fashions team

BRIGHT Golf Day goes with a swing


The fifth annual BRIGHT golf day was held on Wednesday 4 June 2014. The 18-hole event, kindly sponsored by Speedy, saw 36 teams compete in various on-course competitions, including a hole-in-one and nearest to the pin, following by a three course dinner in the evening, hosted by talkSport presenter Georgie Bingham. Guests dug deep during the charity auction, bidding for some fantastic prizes, helping to raise over £30,000 for BRIGHT. Picture - Georgie Bingham takes her first shot

Bowel Cancer Awareness month


April is national Bowel Cancer Awareness month and to mark this, the BRIGHT fundraising team held a coffee morning on Friday 25 April. As well as coffee and cakes, guests were able to check out the latest summer styles from the Stella & Dot jewellery range, inspire their senses with luxury Boujies scented candles, have a mini manicure from the Pink Boutique, and see the beautiful cards and stationery from Phoenix cards. All the companies who attended generously gave their commissions from sales on the day and with donations from all the guests, we raised over £300 for BRIGHT. Thank you to everyone who attended, especially those who made such delicious cakes for us to sell.

Cards & cakes raise £1,000


The annual BRIGHT Bridge Afternoon Tea was held on Friday 24 January 2014 when over 60 bridge players enjoyed an afternoon of cards at the St John's Centre in Merrow. A delicious afternoon tea was served and those attending had the chance to buy home-made cakes from the BRIGHT cake stand too. A raffle was also held and there were a number of prizes for players. A grand total of £1,000 was raised for BRIGHT. Thank you to everyone who attended and made the event such a success.

BRIGHT Christmas Card


Surrey watercolour artist Susie Lidstone has specially designed a Christmas card for BRIGHT. This exclusive card shows a beautiful toy shop in the snow (modelled on a shop in Shere!). A pack of five cards is £3 (please email to buy some).

Christmas Wreath making works wonders


Almost 40 BRIGHT friends & supporters attended our first ever Christmas wreath making workshop on Friday 6th December. Professional florist Kathryn Austin helped everyone each create a beautiful, individual Christmas wreath from scratch. Ticket sales & a raffle at the event helped raise £1,000 for the charity.

Fun at the Fair


On Wednesday 4 December, the team at BRIGHT had a stand at the Royal Surrey County Hospital's Christmas Fair. Our stand was bursting at the seams with cards, cuddly toys and cracking Christmas presents, all generously donated by our supporters

London 10K Charity run


Dr.Alex Stewart ran this race in support of BRIGHT once again this year. Despite the 26 degree heat she still managed to finish in under an hour and has helped to raise more funds for our research projects and Papillon machine. She was joined by Sophie Gray (researcher for BRIGHT) together with Zoe Parkin, Jane Price Hunt, and Julia Colvin (supporters of BRIGHT). So far we have raised almost £2,000 and funds are still coming in. If you would like to make a donation please visit

Good progress on Bowel Cancer treatments


Patients with bowel cancer – the third most commonly diagnosed form in the United Kingdom – could enjoy increased survival rates as a result of further research by Professor Helmout Modjtahedi from London’s Kingston University. He is heading an investigation examining why some tumours are hard to treat and how they can be targeted with the most effective therapies. During a two-year extension of his current work for BRIGHT, specimens from patients with tumours of the colon or rectum, known as colorectal or bowel cancer, will be examined for biomarkers – proteins on the surface of cells. This will help pinpoint which individuals are most likely to benefit from specific therapies, particularly two new antibody-based drugs. Since the drugs cost tens of thousands of pounds a year, targeting their use would help health authorities reduce costs, while patients who would not benefit from them could be spared the trauma of unnecessary treatment and offered an alternative instead. The preliminary findings of Professor Modjtahedi’s research have been published in the British Journal of Cancer.

Golfers get a BRIGHT day out


The 4th annual BRIGHT golf day was held on Thursday 6th June 2013. Golfers enjoyed a day in the sun playing the Bernard Hunt course at Foxhills in Ottershaw and then an evening reception where an auction helped raise over £10,000 for the charity. This amazing amount will significantly contribute towards our fundraising efforts for a Papillon machine at the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

Guildford Masons boost BRIGHT funds


Freemasons of the Woodstock Lodge No.7948 raised almost £1,000 for BRIGHT at their annual Ladies Festival. Held on 13th April 2013, Masons, their ladies and guests attended a black tie dinner dance and generously donated to BRIGHT through the raffle & auction as their nominated charity. Dr Alex Stewart, clinical director and consultant clinical oncologist at the Royal Surrey County Hospital and chairperson of BRIGHT, attended the evening and gave a short talk detailing the work of BRIGHT and how the money raised would help the fundraising campaign to bring a Papillon machine to the hospital. Pictured (from left to right): Wendell Grosvenor (Master), Dr Alex Stewart & Paula Grosvenor

RHS Wisley


Each year in February the Glasshouse at RHS Wisley is filled with butterflies to light up the darkened sky. This year they kindly allowed Dr.Alexandra Stewart (shown here) and Prof.Marks into the Glasshouse, ahead of the public,to launch their joint fundraising drive for a new bowel cancer treatment machine called Papillon (which is the French word for butterfly). Please help us if you can - more information is shown under the 'Papillon at St.Luke's' page of this website.

British 10k London Run


 Despite the weather, over 25,000 people gathered in Piccadilly for the 12th British 10K London run. Dr.Alex Stewart, Dr.Gary Middleton (in photo) and Dr.Sebastian Cummins were joined by Sophie Gray (researcher for BRIGHT), Caroline and Dave Paradise (children of the late Rev.Paradise) to run and raise money for BRIGHT. So far we have raised over £2,500 and the funds are still coming in. If you would like to make a donation please visit

Bridge Tea


 The BRIGHT team would like to say 'Thankyou' to all those who came along to the Bridge afternoon on Monday, especially those who donated cakes, sandwiches and prizes for the raffle. The good weather did not seem to effect the high turnout and so we managed to raise over £700 for our Charity.

Hatchlands Family Day


 Over 70 people gathered at Hatchlands National Trust Park for the first BRIGHT Family Fun Day. The weather was perfect and the course was marked by the highly efficient staff at Hatchlands. As people returned from their walk they were able to purchase various goodies and then the children were entertained by a traditional Punch and Judy show. A special thanks to the Day family, who raised nearly £1,000 in memory of their late Husband and Father - Jimmy Day. All together, the event raised £2,000 so a big 'Thank You' to all those who attended.

Cycling marathon


 In August, Austin Reynolds and his friends cycled from John O'Groats to Lands End in aid of BRIGHT.

Annual Golf Day


 Foxhills Country Club was the venue for the second BRIGHT charity golf day. Over 60 players battled the challenging 18 hole course and were pleased to be served an 'al fresco' deli at the half-way point. At the end of a long and exhausting round the players (and their guests) enjoyed a delicious evening meal. This ended with prize giving and an excellent raffle and auction. Both Dr. Sharadah Essapen and Dr. Gary Middleton attended the evening and talked about the ongoing local research work being carried out on targetted treatments for patients. The day was voted a great success by all and over £7,000 was raised for BRIGHT.

Berlin Marathon


 In February, I decided to enter my first marathon (in Berlin) with my friends. Dad was a big motivation for me entering, as he had been a keen runner and completed the London marathon many times. Sadly he died of gastrointestinal cancer 2 years ago, shortly before his 60th birthday. The last 2 miles were the worst, but as we entered the final straight to the Brandenburg gate the pain seemed to ease - we had completed the challenge and raised money to help BRIGHT!

School Fair


Max Middleton attended the St Teresa's school fair on Sunday 21st November and presented the BRIGHT charity with a Jar filled with coins he has been collecting over the past months. BRIGHT had a stand at the Fair selling candles, to promote the vital research which is currently in progress at the St Luke's Cancer Centre, Guildford.

BRIGHT Bridge Night


St John the Evangelist Communtiy Centre ( Merrow), was the venue for the first Bridge Night in support of the BRIGHT Charity. The evening proved to be a great success as over 50 players got together and enjoyed a fun filled evening which included great prizes, a meal and glass of wine. The evening raised over £1,000 for BRIGHT.

BRIGHT would like to thank all those who attended the evening and a special 'Thank You' goes to Higgedy Piggedy Pies, Dobbes Garden Centre and The Vineries Garden Centre in Bookham who made very generous donations towards the evening.

Cycle Ride


 An event organised for BRIGHT through JustGiving

"Thank you to everyone that took part in the cycle ride in memory of my Dad, hopefully we can do it again next year". Donations amounting to £460 raised by Caroline Paradise.

Golf Day


The day could not have been more perfect as 45 players met at the Betchworth Golf Club, to play 18 holes of Golf in glorious sunshine at the fantastic Harry Colt Course. The excellent Chef’s at Betchworth prepared a beautiful evening meal.

Absolute Radio’s Christian O’Connell who lives locally, entertained everyone with his first class humour, whilst taking charge of the Auction and Raffle. The day raised over £3,500 for the BRIGHT Charity.

School fair


St Teresa's School Christmas Fair, Effingham, Surrey, was held on Sunday 22nd November 2009. The Fair was a success from start to finish. There was a wonderful festive atmosphere. Everyone seemed to be having such a good time. The BRIGHT cake and curd stand raised £170 for the charity - Thank you to all of you who supported us and visited us on the day.

Support for our research work


Here is David Tuttlebee presenting Dr. Sharadah Essapen with a cheque for £3,000 from Windsurfing 4 Cancer Research. This is a Charity that David has set up to promote cancer awareness among fellow windsurfers and, through specific projects, raise funds for cancer research, education and support. We are very grateful to David for all his efforts.

Wine tasting event


.........I am delighted to inform you that the Wine & Cheese Evening hosted by Ranmore Wines in conjunction with Norbury Blue Cheese raised £455 for the BRIGHT charity.

I think you will all agree the evening was very enjoyable, as well as informative. Feedback has been very positive and I suggest we try this type of event on either a quarterly or 6 monthly basis.

The evening raised awareness, with 100% profit going towards BRIGHT....FANTASTIC!

Thank you all once again , Gerry