December 19 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
North Devon Cancer Care Centre Trust charity shop makes large donation after dedicated three months to the Chemotherapy Appeal.
HARD-working volunteers at the North Devon Cancer Care Centre Trust charity shop in Westward Ho! have raised £50,000 after pledging an entire summer’s takings to the Chemotherapy Appeal.
During July, August and September, the shop raised an impressive £37,000, which trustees decided they would increase to an even £50,000.
“Summer is always a busy time in our shop, but thanks to the summer appeal we have seen even more support than usual,” said trustee and shop manager Brenda Pellatt.
The charity has now donated £400,000 towards the new chemotherapy and day treatment unit at North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple.
When the shop appeal started the charity was hoping to hit the £30,000 mark, but it soon became apparent that the total would surpass that figure.
“We are very grateful for all the support we have received over the course of the summer, and would like to thank everyone who has supported us in the past,” said trust chairman James Bonetta.
“The trustees would also like to thank all of our volunteers who work in the shop. Their hard work has been a major part of our fund raising over the years.”
The trust was instrumental in the opening of the first chemotherapy unit in Barnstaple in the 1990s, soon after the charity was founded by James’ mother Jennifer Bonetta.
The charity provided half of the cost for the unit, and then paid for the relocation to its current position.
Since the charity shop opened 19 years ago, it has raised more than £1million.