Children From Five Islands School On Tresco & Bryher Raise £1350 For Medical Launch Trust

Students from the Five Islands School Tresco and Bryher base at the Daymark on St Martin's. Image courtesy of the Five Islands School. 

Students from the Five Islands School Tresco and Bryher base at the Daymark on St Martin's. Image courtesy of the Five Islands School. 

The students of the Five Islands School Tresco and Bryher base raised an incredible £1350 for the Isles of Scilly Medical Launch Trust recently by walking around St Martin's.

The Medical Launch which is now entering its 26th year of service provides a vital lifeline to those who live on the off Islands.

It was established (in furtherance of health and the relief of poverty, distress and sickness) amongst the community of the Isles of Scilly in order to provide a means of transport, enabling individuals such as doctors, clergymen, police, teachers, officials of the local authority and school children to better serve the off-island committees in the Isles of Scilly.

Since its inception the use of the medical launch has evolved. Although from the beginning, as the name suggests and the original trust deed indicates, the launch’s role was mainly for medical services, this has become its sole function.

Increasing use by medical personnel (such as taking doctors to off-islands for both routine surgeries and in emergencies, routine visits by the district nurse, health visitor, mid wives and patient transport) together with the other services acquiring their own transport has led to today’s medical launch.

Will was joined on the phone by Tresco and Bryher Base leader of the Five Islands School, Susanna Gates and students Emily and Charlie to to find out more about the walk and their fundraising efforts. Well done to the students, staff and all involved. You can listen to the full feature below.