The North Devon Cancer and Wellbeing Centre appeal is well on track for the halfway milestone thanks to a £50,000 donation from a staunch local supporter.

The money was presented by North Devon Cancer Care Centre Trust (NDCCCT) to take its appeal donations so far to £100,000, all made possible thanks to sales from its charity shop at Westward Ho!

Hospital charity Over and Above’s appeal for the new unit at North Devon District Hospital (NDDH) now stands at £650,000, approaching half its £1.5million target.

The centre will support people with cancer and other illnesses, as well as their loved ones, with a range of services including therapies and counselling.

NDCCCT, led by chairman James Bonetta, has been a longstanding supporter of the hospital’s cancer services and previously donated £700,000 towards the cost of the Seamoor Unit.

The trust was formed in 1994 by the late Jennifer Bonetta of Northam after the death of her husband Tom from cancer and was instrumental in the opening of the first chemotherapy unit in Barnstaple.

It also runs a car service to take patients for treatment in Exeter.

James said: “We would like to thank our volunteers in the Westward Ho! shop for all their hard work and dedication – it’s their efforts that have made this donation possible.

“The money that comes in is split between the main appeal, the transport service and anything else that might come along.

“The shop is very well supported by the public and we thank them for their continued support.

“The trust is delighted to support this worthwhile project and we hope to continue to do so in the future.”

Fundraising manager Ian Roome said: “This donation will give us confidence to start building hopefully in 2019.

“On behalf of the hospital I would sincerely like to thank NDCCCT and all its volunteers for giving this money towards helping those cancer patients and their families that will use the cancer and wellbeing centre.

“It will offer vital services to the community that they need at the most difficult time in their lives.”