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Boules event helps prostate cancer charity

Forty teams from local companies took part in the eighth annual Taunton Boules Tournament in order to raise funds for a prostate testing session to be held in October.

The event was organised by Taunton-based Summerfield Developments and Somerset Prostate Support Association (SPSA) was chosen as the beneficiary by a staff vote. The charity runs a programme of events to raise awareness of the condition, offer free PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) testing and give social support for men with prostate cancer.

The proceeds of the boules event, topped up by Summerfield to £3,000, will fund a PSA testing session in Taunton in October which is free and offered to all males. It is a simple blood test, primarily aimed at the over’45’s, which can indicate whether further, more conclusive, tests are advisable.

The PSA testing will take place on Saturday 20th October 2018 from 12 to 4 pm at St James Church Hall (behind St James Church), St James Street, Taunton TA1 1JS. Booking is recommended to avoid a long wait – telephone or email Peter Hopwood 01458 441669 hopwoodclan@yahoo.co.uk – but SPSA will try to accommodate anyone who drops in on the day.

Peter Gooch was a member of the SPSA boules team and spoke at the event. He commented:

“We are indebted to the Taunton business community for their generosity and to Summerfield for choosing us as the beneficiary of the Boules Tournament. The PSA testing session in October could save lives.”

Ben Trickey, Divisional Director at Summerfield, commented:

“This annual event is becoming increasingly popular and was an early sell-out this year. Participants enjoyed a competitive afternoon while at the same time promoting their business and helping a very worthy local cause.”

The Fancy Dress prize went to the onion-seller cyclists from Gibbins Richards, the company that narrowly missed out last year on the fancy dress and Plate prizes, with Croft Surveyors earning an honourable mention for their berets, baguettes and French military jacket.

The Blackdown Financial ‘Irritable Boule Syndrome’ team were Wooden Spoon winners after seeing off Office Reality’s first team, and Evosite’s ‘Barely Capaboules’ were thrilled to take the Plate after beating Lloyds bank by a narrow 7-6.

Moore Scarrott, having taken part in several previous tournaments, were delighted to take the 2018 Cup after a wipe-out 7-0 victory over Ashfords’ second team.

To register interest in next year’s Boules event, please email Gill Ellis at Summerfield on gellis@summerfield.co.uk and to find out more about SPSA please visit http://www.somersetprostatecancer.org.uk.

Main picture: Summerfield MD Mark Blackwell presents the Cup to winners Moore Scarrott

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