Big response to chemo appeal
North Devon rallies to get campaign off to a flier
PEOPLE in North Devon are getting behind a 2.2 million pound fund-raising appeal for a new chemotherapy and day treatment unit at North Devon District Hospital.
The campaign, launched in the Gazette last week, has already attracted a “phenomenal” response from individuals, businesses and organisations wanting to lend their support.
Fund-raising manager Ian Roome, who is coordinating the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust Charitable Fund appeal, said the feedback he’d received had already exceeded expectation.
“Lots of people are talking about the appeal and asking how they can get involved,” he said.
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“Already, a coffee morning held in Bideford last week raised �215 and Saunton Golf Club has contacted me to say that they will be donating the proceeds of a golf day on October 14.
“We’ve had a phenomenal response to the sponsored skydive event taking place in July and I’ve already sent out quite a few information packs to people wanting to take part.
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“The appeal’s Just Giving page has received an anonymous �100 donation; it’s been so encouraging to know that people feel that this is such a worthwhile cause to support.”
It is hoped the campaign – the biggest ever held for the Barnstaple hospital – will make a difference to the lives of nearly 5,000 local cancer patients who use the existing service every year.
Northern Devon Healthcare Trust intends to replace the outdated and cramped facilities on Level 2 and build a brand new stand-alone space alongside the main hospital building.
Following last week’s surprise �15,000 donation from the new Barnstaple Tesco Extra store, the appeal has received a further boost this week with news that second business in the town has pledged its support.
The Barum Gate Table Table restaurant at Whiddon Valley has taken receipt of the appeal’s first collecting tins and has made the campaign its chosen charity of the year.
“We read about the chemotherapy appeal in the Gazette last week and thought that it was such a worthy appeal we’d make it our main charity for the year,” said Mr Elder.
“During the last six years Barum Gate has raised more than �60,000 for local charities and we want to make this our best fund-raising year yet.
“We plan to hold a number of events throughout the year including quiz and race nights and we’ll be planning a big family fun day here in the summer with lots of children’s entertainment, challenge events and live music.
“I’m absolutely petrified of heights but I’ve personally committed to taking part in the sponsored skydive event on July 2. I’m sure I can persuade some of my members of staff to take part too,” he added.
Ian said he was “thrilled” that Barum Gate had come on board to help the campaign and appealed to other businesses in North Devon to get in touch if they feel they can help by displaying collecting tins or by holding fund-raising events.
“It’s great that Peter and his team are supporting such a vital service and we’ll be working together to put on some great events to help he appeal this year,” he said.
“If any organisations or companies are thinking of raising money for charity this year, then please think of doing it in aid of the chemotherapy appeal.
“I’m looking forward to helping people put on their own events, from coffee mornings to quiz nights, so please give me a call on (01271) 311772 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.”
For more information about the Chemotherapy Appeal, visit www.northdevonhealth.nhs.uk/charity
The North Devon Gazette will also be helping to publicise the appeal through our news pages.
We’ll be running regular updates in the newspaper and have set up a dedicated appeal page on our website – www.northdevongazette.co.uk – with information about what’s going on and how to get involved.
If you’re thinking of holding an event, contact our newsdesk on (01271) 345056 and let us know about it.