Students On Tresco & Bryher Raising Money For Medical Launch Trust

The Tresco and Bryher Children had a brilliant tour of the medical launch recently which included a trip to Round Island last week with Skipper James Terry also pictured. Image courtesy of Five Islands school. 

The Tresco and Bryher Children had a brilliant tour of the medical launch recently which included a trip to Round Island last week with Skipper James Terry also pictured. Image courtesy of Five Islands school. 

The children of the Tresco and Bryher Five Islands School Base will be completing a sponsored walk around St. Martin’s tomorrow to raise money for the Isles of Scilly Medical Launch Trust. 

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 this morning by Susanna Gates, Five Islands School, Tresco and Bryher Base Leader to find out more. We'll be hopefully talking to some of the children later on in the week. You can listen to Will in conversation with Susanna below.