World Cancer Day: Gail is ‘Golden Girl’ of appeal

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:19 08 February 2018

Gail Stoneman (left) with fundraiser Julie Whitton.

Gail Stoneman (left) with fundraiser Julie Whitton.

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Cancer patient Gail Stoneman has raised more than £11,000 for the North Devon Cancer and Wellbeing Centre appeal in just six months.

Cancer patient Gail Stoneman has been named ‘Golden Girl’ by the Over and Above fundraising team after raising more than £11,000 in just six months.

Gail began fundraising for the North Devon Cancer and Wellbeing Centre Appeal in August last year, raising more than £9,000.

But this month she brought in a cheque for a further £2,000, bringing her current total for the appeal to £11,115 and counting.

The 41-year-old from Chulmleigh is currently receiving treatment in the Seamoor chemotherapy unit at North Devon District Hospital, and strongly feels the hospital needs a support centre for its patients.

Gail has used the Force Centre, based in Exeter, and as soon as she heard the North Devon Cancer and Wellbeing Centre Appeal was being launched, she jumped on board and has been fundraising ever since.

Gail said: “I need a support centre which I can access locally.

“I have been receiving treatment for many years, and knowing there is a somewhere where I can drop in and talk to someone at any time would be a dream come true.

“I know how well the Force Centre in Exeter works and the excellent level of care they offer – it means a lot to the patients and a centre in Barnstaple is desperately needed.”

Gail decided in August to take on seven fundraising challenges to mark her seven years of receiving chemotherapy.

Her friend Tim Garrett ran the Bristol Half Marathon in September raising £545 and her work colleague Maria Smith organised a cake sale at Brend Hotel’s head office raising £150.

Gail then organised an auction in Chulmleigh and raised £7,033.46; she received a donation of £2,000 and additional money is still coming in.

Julie Whitton, Over and Above fundraiser, said: “Gail’s determination on raising the funds for our new unit is inspirational.

“She has a knack of getting people on board and raising funds.

“Gail is determined to see the new support centre built and so are we.

“Travelling 55 miles to Exeter when you are feeling very unwell is a long way to travel for access to a drop in session.

“We need to get this unit built so that our cancer patients like Gail receive their support on their doorstep just the same as patients receiving treatments at other acute hospitals providing cancer services.”

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