Press Article for Leatherhead Advertiser, December 2005
When Peter Culverhouse tragically lost his life in 2003, after battling with a brain tumour for many years, his schoolfriends set up The Peter Culverhouse Memorial Trust Fund.
The PCMT supports two charities. One charity is The Princess Alice Hospice, who cared for Peter and his family for the last 6 weeks of Peter's life. The PAH is currently trying to raise £33Ú4 million to finance the new hospice building at West End, Esher, with their Dig Deep Appeal. This new hospice should be open by Summer 2006, and in the meantime the PAH is based partly at Leatherhead Hospital.
The second charity is the Samantha Dickson Research Trust which was set up in 1996 by Neil and Angela Dickson when their daughter, Samantha, died of a brain tumour just before her 17th birthday. Its aim is to raise public awareness about brain tumours and is currently supporting many research projects. In 1996 there was very little research into brain tumours, and Neil and Angela set up the SDRT with this in mind. Brain tumours are the most common form of childhood cancer, along with 6500 adults diagnosed each year. SDRT have raised over £4 million since its inception and have become the biggest brain tumour research charity in the country. Research results coming in now show that the SDRT is starting to make a difference in the treatment of brain tumours. The BBC has chosen the SDRT for its Christmas Appeal which was shown on BBC1 on Sunday 18th December at 5pm.
Most of funds raised by The Peter Culverhouse Memorial Trust are contributions from salaries under the Gift Aid Scheme, which attracts tax relief. The Trust also runs special events to raise funds, the main one being an annual Golf Day on Peter's birthday, the 9th June, at Clandon Regis Golf Club. The PCMT has just donated for 2005 the sum of £2916.62 to each of the above charities.
If you wish to donate to the PCMT by regular payments from salary, would you please contact Paul Donovan on email@example.com or Yvonne Culverhouse on 01372 458768 or send your donation direct to Mr. Graham Clark, Charities Aid Foundation, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent. ME19 4TA. Cheques should be made payable to the "Peter Culverhouse Memorial Trust" reference no. T/70193576/G.