The Beat SCAD Prize Draw took place on Tuesday 28th November at the Leicester Biomedical Research Centre, the home of the UK SCAD research project. Lead researcher Dr David Adlam and research fellow Dr Alice Wood drew the winning tickets in the presence of Trustees Rebecca Breslin and Karen Rockell and volunteer Jacqui Hughes.
The Beat SCAD team would like to extend a huge thank you to everybody who supported this event and bought or sold tickets. It was fantastic to see many members of the SCAD community joining in. Tickets were sold all over the country, from Somerset in the Southwest of England to Caithness in the far North of Scotland. Thanks also to everyone who donated the fantastic prizes and to Drs Adlam and Wood for drawing the winning tickets.
Trustee Chair Rebecca Breslin said: “The distribution of tickets up and down the country is a fantastic demonstration of the wide-reaching support of the SCAD community and dedication to keep raising money to help fund the research. Some of the group excelled at selling and should be immensely proud of their contribution to the overall total raised by this event.”
A prize for the most tickets sold was presented to Jacqui Hughes following the draw. The prize, kindly donated by Gill Marshall, was a blue quilt that was handmade using offcuts supplied by the company that makes Prince Charles’ shirts.
Jacqui said: “As Beat SCAD had raffle tickets to sell to raise funds for the next donation to research and raise awareness of the charity, I thought how could I help to achieve this common goal without having to ask my same circle of friends/colleagues, who in the past have been very generous and supportive. I decided to ask my local Tesco if I could set up a table so their customers had an opportunity to purchase tickets and possibly win a prize. As people were very charitable and showed genuine interest in SCAD, Tesco kindly agreed that I could repeat the event for a second day. Overall, with the sales of tickets and generous donations, I managed to raise £500 and the people of Brackley and surrounding villages now know about SCAD. Goal achieved!”
Ticket sales generated £3105 plus a further £187.67 was received in donations. With expenses deducted, the draw raised £2940.24 which Beat SCAD will round up to a £3000 donation to the research.
The £3000 will be used to help fund an important part of the genetics study: to purchase and distribute blood sample tubes to research registrants who have not yet attended an appointment in Leicester.
Dr Adlam said: “The GWAS, or Genome-wide Association Study we are conducting requires as many participants as possible so it is vitally important that we collect blood samples from the SCAD patients who have registered for the research but not yet attended Leicester for a research or clinic appointment. The cost to purchase the equipment and distribute these blood tubes is in the region of £3K so the timing of this donation is perfect. Thanks to everyone for another fantastic contribution.”