Marks add giant spark to chemo appeal

High Street giant gets on board to boost appeal for improved cancer services

THE North Devon Chemotherapy Appeal has been given a huge boost this week with news that a major High Street retailer has offered to get on board with the fund-raising.

Staff at the Barnstaple branch of Marks and Spencer voted to make the appeal – the biggest ever held for the North Devon District Hospital – its chosen charity for the year.

Store manager Kate Sharp said her colleagues had decided to support the appeal because it is local and because one in three people will develop cancer in their lifetime.

Throughout the year, the shop and its 120 members of staff will be holding in-store events such as coffee mornings and hamper raffles, as well as team quiz nights after work.

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“We raised around �7,500 for the Children’s Hospice South West last year and will be hoping to do even better this year,” said Kate.

“We’ve got some great fund-raising ideas and are planning some fun events for staff and customers.”

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Northern Devon Healthcare Trust Charitable Fund hopes the �2.2million campaign will make a difference to the lives of nearly 5,000 local cancer patients who use the existing service in Barnstaple every year.

It intends to replace the outdated and cramped facilities with a brand new stand-alone space alongside the main hospital building to ensure patients receive the best care without having to travel to Exeter.

“We are delighted that Marks and Spencer has adopted the Chemotherapy Appeal as its chosen charity,” said appeal fund-raising manager Ian Roome.

“Want to give patients the best care in the best place and its help like this from the local community that will help improve cancer care for thousands of people in North Devon for generations to come.”


To find out more about the appeal and other ways in which you can help, visit the campaign website – or telephone fund-raising manager Ian Roome on (01271) 311772 or email

Alternatively, visit the special appeal page on the Gazette website –

If you’ve got an event you’re holding in aid of the chemotherapy appeal, contact the Gazette newsdesk on (01271) 345056.

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