Crop circle raises cash for Radiotherapy Appeal

Posted: August 19, 2015

Nearly £5,000 raised so far

A bird-like crop circle which has appeared in a wheat field at a farm near Swindon is being used to raise money for Brighter Futures' £2.9m Radiotherapy Appeal.
Adults are asked to donate £3 to view around the huge and unexplained crop formation at Weir Farm, Broad Hinton, with all proceeds going to helping bring vital life-saving radiotherapy treatment for cancer patients to Swindon's Great Western Hospital (GWH).
Presently many local patients have to travel to the Churchill Hospital in Oxford on a daily basis for up to seven weeks for radiotherapy treatment, as no such facility is available locally.
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust are working together to bring a unit to GWH and, subject to national approval, treatment should be available in 2017.
Farmer James Hussey has teamed up with long-time crop circle researcher Paul Jacobs - who is temporarily living in a camper van by the circle which doubles up as crop circle information centre - to offer passers-by the chance to delve into the mysterious creation, which has been likened to the Egyptian Sun God Horus on social media.

A popular attraction

Mr Hussey, 57, who lost his wife Gill to cancer last year, said the crop circle's location - metres away from the Ridgeway at Uffcott Down near Barbury Castle - had helped attract interested walkers, raising nearly £5,000 so far.

Mr Hussey, whose family have owned Weir Farm for 108 years said: "The crop formation just appeared one day and I've no idea why or how. The event appears to be an absolute mystery.
"What is absolutely fantastic is that around 1,600 people have seen it so far and have learned about the Radiotherapy Appeal. I know first-hand how important it is to have radiotherapy treatment locally - it's going to happen and I am enthused by Brighter Futures' fundraising appeal.
"The journey to Oxford for treatment for people is a long and difficult one and it really is so important that we raise this money and bring radiotherapy treatment to the Great Western Hospital."
Mr Jacobs said: "After 15 years of looking at these things, and eight of which I have researched them very closely indeed, I can say with absolute confidence the origin of the vast majority of crop circles remains a complete mystery."
"The bio-physical evidence is compelling and really does speak for itself if you care to do the homework". 

A great fundraising idea

Jennifer Green, Brighter Futures' Head of Fundraising, said: "It is absolutely fantastic what James and Paul are doing for our Radiotherapy Appeal - I have been up to see the crop circle and it really is very impressive.

"This is another brilliant example of an innovative way to raise money being used to help bring life-saving treatment to Swindon."
The crop circle will be open until it is harvested on Tuesday 25 August.

Hackpen Hill 10kn trail

The farm is staging the Hackpen Hill 10km Trail Run/Walk on Saturday 13 September, again in aid of the Radiotherapy Appeal, in memory of Gill Hussey.

The off-road trail, through an area of outstanding natural beauty offers uninterrupted views of the Ridgeway and Barbury Castle, is £10 to enter, and begins at 10.30am.
Email for more information. Click here to sign up for the event.
Selfie-takers can still show their support for the Radiotherapy Appeal by posting photographs with themselves with a clock or watch on Facebook and Twitter with #TheTimeIsNow.

How can people donate to the appeal?

Text: Text SWIN29 followed by your donation of £5 or £10 to 70070
Through the Brighter Futures website

Virgin Money


Cheques should be made payable to

'Brighter Futures'.

Please send to:
The Fundraising Team
Brighter Futures
The Brunel Treatment Centre
The Great Western Hospital
Marlborough Road

Phone: Contact Brighter Futures on 01793 605631 

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