Secure footing for sports awards through legacy gift

GKT Legacy

A generous legacy left in memory of alumnus Paul Scanlan (Dentistry, 1988) has boosted Guy's, King’s and St Thomas' Rugby Football Club (GKT RFC). It has also secured the future of the Scanlan Bursary.

Paul, who was a consultant orthodontist at Medway Foundation Trust at the time of his death, was a passionate member of the GKT RFC. The Scanlan Bursary was established in Paul’s memory by club members and through alumni donations. It funds an annual prize for a third year GKT RFC rugby player who has shown academic promise and outstanding commitment to the rugby club.

Over the years the fund diminished – and there were concerns about its sustainability for the future. The legacy has changed all that. The additional funds mean the bursary can continue long into the future.

Paul’s passion for rugby and the ‘Guy’s Penguins’

Paul Scanlan

Paul Scanlan’s portrait at the Medway Postgraduate centre

Paul had a long association with rugby at Guy’s, playing first as a student and later as part of the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' alumni team (later called ‘Guy’s Penguins’). He played every Saturday for the team, in the Kent and Surrey Veterans Leagues, was captain for a season and toured with the team across Europe. 

In 2003 Paul died unexpectedly, aged just 38. To honour his memory, his family funded the ‘Scanlan Cup’– an annual testimonial match between the GKT 1st XV, a team of students following medicine or related courses, and the veteran ‘Guy’s Penguins’ alumni team.

Club President Geoff Koffman, Consultant Transplant Surgeon and Chief of Surgery at Guy’s said, ‘We’re delighted and hugely grateful to receive this very generous contribution to the Scanlon Bursary Fund. The Bursary reminds us of a highly talented and committed alumnus team member and of his contribution to sport and the club, over many years.

‘The additional funding means that for years to come we can continue to publicly recognise the hard work, commitment and exceptional effort of today’s students who are active in the club, alongside their academic studies.’

Club Captain George Child (Biomedical Sciences, 2014) who was one of the two 2014 recipients of the Scanlan Bursary award said, ‘The bursary gave us very useful support with travel and other expenses involved in arranging matches across a wide geographical area. It was also quite a boost to be recognised for our academic studies as well.’

The ‘Guy’s Penguins’ in action

This year’s Scanlan Cup matches takes place on 22 April at King's College Sports Ground, Brockley Rise, London, SE23 1NW.

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