A new fund raising manager has been appointed to oversee the North Devon area to help raise money and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Siân Harris will also be looking after the Plymouth and Tamar Valley areas for the 100-year-old charity, which provides a variety of support services and funding for cancer patients and their families.

In North Devon Macmillan funded the Cancer Advice Centre and the Family Suite at North Devon District Hospital, while last year the Barnstaple and Bideford Committees raised more money than anyone else in the South West from their supermarket collections.

"I have been very pleased with the welcome I have received from people I have met so far," said Siân.

"I will be depending on the support of volunteers and so if your readers are interested in helping Macmillan please contact me on 01566 770810 and have a chat."

The charity was founded by Douglas Macmillan in 1911 to provide money for coal for a cancer patient. Today, it cover all forms of cancer and all needs from diagnosis through treatment and beyond to recovery and return to work or, when needed, end of life care.

It still provides grants for items ranging from clothing to fuel - including coal.

Macmillan is celebrating both the centenary of its founding as well at the 21st birthday of the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning on September 30 this year.

Registrations for the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning are open now via 0845 602 1246 or coffee.macmillan.org.uk.