Family raises huge amount for charity

Annie Scott
Annie Scott

A family from King’s Sutton raised more than £55,000 for Prostate Cancer Research by organising several fundraising events throughout last year.

Annie Scott lost her husband Rupert, 53, to prostate cancer in November 2012.

Since his death, the family’s charitable exploits included son Sam finishing the Silverstone Half Marathon in March and Mrs Scott completing the London Marathon a month later on April 21.

Mrs Scott said: “Rupert was convinced this was a brilliant idea and I would accomplish it with ease, and was very determined I should do it. I had never run before in my life but decided I needed a challenge to get through the winter and therefore started training.

“Sam raised £5,000 for his marathon and I raised £23,000, which was an amazing amount. Everyone was extremely generous.”

The family held their last fundraising event, called Movember for Rupert, at London nightclub Under the Bridge on November 29.

The night raised more than £33,000, which went to a specialist prostate cancer research unit at Guy’s Hospital in London.

More than 500 friends and family joined Mrs Scott and her children to enjoy a night of entertainment. Mrs Scott said: “We had a great evening dancing to Rupert’s favourite band What Next.

“The night took the fundraising to more than £55,000 for the year, which is incredible. We cannot thank everyone enough, we have a great family and everyone has been so supportive.

“Rupert’s consultant suggested to us the team at Guy’s Hospital was the best team doing research at the moment. Their specialists worked so hard to try to help Rupert.”

Guys and St Thomas Charity has established a Prostate Cancer Research network which is a multidisciplinary group of clinicians and scientists with expertise across the fields. They work together to make life-altering discoveries for men affected by prostate cancer.