Boost for Channel bid


RETIRED surgeon Roger Allsoppšs bid to swim the English Channel in aid of cancer research has been given a boost by the Pink Ladies

Money raised will be channelled through the medical research charity, Hope for Guernsey, of which Mr Allsopp is chairman.

He hopes to raise £15,000 for the project, which is based on samples of blood from 11,000 Guernsey women taken over a period of 30 years.

He said he was delighted with the Pink Ladies generous donation.

The challenge I am attempting is for the Pink Ladies. The support and contribution they make to local breast cancer patients are astounding and I am extremely grateful for their pledge, he said.

They are also hoping to preserve the Guernsey label on this research. It is estimated that only one in 10 swimmers succeeds in completing the 22-mile journey from Dover to Calais.

Mr Allsopp has been swimming through the winter for the past three years to adapt his body to the cold. He hopes to do the swim on 31 August.

Anne McMillan, one of the group's founders, said it was backing Mr Allsopp all the way.

Healthspan chief executive Derek Coates said he was thrilled the Pink Ladies had got the ball rolling and added that its generous donation reinforced how vital the research was.

Both Roger, Hope and the Pink Ladies are an inspiration to us all. Their hard work and modesty are unprecedented and deserve the support of the island.  Healthspan has also set up a collection box in its Town shop.

Those wishing to donate should do so by cheque, made payable to Hope for Guernsey with Guernsey Cancer Project written on the back. These can be posted to Lara Le Pelley at the Medical Specialist Group, or to Roger Allsopp at Le Douit Farm, Grande Rue, St Saviour¹s, GY7 9JP.

Guernsey Press, 8th August, 2006

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