Roger Allsopp OBE Patron
Roger Allsopp came to Guernsey in 1975 and worked for more than 30 years as a consultant surgeon. He was instrumental in setting up the Medical Specialist Group and played an important role in the implementation of the island-wide specialist health insurance scheme.
Specialising in breast cancer surgery he also held an honorary NHS appointment at the regional breast cancer unit in Southampton. He was awarded the OBE in 2004 for services to medicine. He has served as chairman of Hope for Guernsey for nine years.
In 2006 at the age of 65 he swam the English Channel to raise money for breast cancer research and in 2011 he did it again to achieve Guinness world record as the oldest person ever to complete a solo crossing.
He was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary International in 2007 and has received numerous national and local awards. The most treasured, he says, was to receive the Guiton Guernsey Ambassador of the Year award in 2012. He was also pleased to be included in the Independent newspaper's Happy List, the paper's celebration of 100 outstanding people who make the UK a much better place.
As patron of MUG he said: 'It is a great privilege to be involved with such an energetic, dedicated and extraordinary group. To them nothing seems impossible. There is a surprise around every corner. Their achievements in fundraising and public awareness are truly spectacular.