The Over and Above appeal for a new centre to support North Devon patients has already hit its first major milestone

The appeal for a new cancer and wellbeing centre is storming ahead after hitting the £200,000 milestone.

There has been huge support since the hospital charity Over and Above launched the appeal via the Gazette for a new £1.5million facility to support patients at North Devon District Hospital.

Since the Gazette launched the appeal in July – and even before – fundraisers have undertaken skydives, hosted coffee mornings, cake sales, head shaves, vows of silence and a myriad of challenges.

The centre will support cancer patients and their families but also those with other illnesses, through their diagnosis and beyond.

Facilities on offer will include support groups, complementary therapies, counselling, advice on symptoms, medication, finances, benefits and overnight accommodation for families when required.

There will be no need for an appointment and people can drop in for help with there condition or simply to have a cup of tea and a chat.

Fundraising manager Ian Roome said it was fantastic to have notched up £200,000 for the appeal already this year.

He said: “We are absolutely thankful to all supporters of Over and Above and the public of North Devon for supporting this appeal.

“An additional benefit for our area is the availability of overnight accommodation for patients’ families while they are being treated – this is for any condition and for planned or unplanned admissions when loved ones need to be close by.

“People can just drop in and get debt or benefit advice, plus there will be clinical specialists who will be able to advise or signpost them to other specialists in the hospital, or explain their medication.

“The service will be developed around the patients’ needs and this has all come from patients who are telling us this is what they want.

“We still have a long way to fundraise and we really appreciate people getting behind the appeal to help us raise our £1.5m target to ensure the centre is here for many years to come.”

To find out more about the Over and Above charity or for help with your fundraising idea, visit, the charity’s Facebook page, contact the fundraising team on 01271 311772, or email