Combe Martin provides boost for Chemo Appeal

THE North Devon Chemotherapy Unit Appeal has received another unexpected boost to the tune of �1,000 thanks to the generosity of people in Combe Martin.

The donation has come from the Friends of Combe Martin Health Centre and adds to rapidly growing coffers as the appeal to build the new �2.2 million unit gathers pace.

Friends chairman Jeanne Rumson-Waltho overcame her own battle with bowel cancer almost four years ago and as a patient who was treated at North Devon District Hospital she knows only too well how great the need for the new facility is.

“The care here is second to none and the staff are brilliant,” said the former nurse and hospital matron, “but I was a bit disappointed when I first saw the old chemo unit because I have seen them in other hospitals, so I think a new one is absolutely essential.”

The Friends group also buys a great deal of equipment for the health centre which isn’t always readily available through the NHS.


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Jeanne added: “I believe there are around 27 people who have had cancer in the past two years in Combe Martin alone and around half of those had to travel to Exeter for treatment.”

Katie Cross, consultant colorectal surgeon at NDDH, said they were very grateful for the donation.

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“It’s completely unexpected and with people like Mrs Rumson-Waltho fund raising we are hoping to be able to achieve our target and provide a better service for the North Devon community,” she added.

From coffee morning to sky dives and grand events, the appeal has already seen a great response from the people of North Devon and donations have already begun to roll in.

Fund raising manger Ian Roome said they were already extremely grateful to the people of North Devon for such support:

“I urge anyone thinking about doing any fund raising activities or any community events that raise funds to please consider this appeal, because it is helping local services and keeping them here in North Devon,” he said.

“Cancer affects so many people and every two minutes someone somewhere in the UK is told they have it.”

Ina is happy to offer help and advice to people putting on their own fund raising events. He can be contacted on (01271) 311772 or email charity@ndevon.swest.nhs.uk or ian.roome@ndevon.swest.nhs.uk. To find out more 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.

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