Purple-inspired fund raising as the region hosts second annual event to help the Chemotherapy Appeal.

A proliferation of purple profusion invaded North Devon on Friday as the region rallied around once more to boost the Chemotherapy Appeal.

The second annual Big Purple Day has been hailed a great success following a range of purple-themed events and activities to help the appeal toward its £2.2million goal.

Health staff at North Devon District Hospital made purple cakes, held purple raffles and sold purple bows, pens and t-shirts. Raina Clyne sold her handmade bags and buttons in the foyer.

North Devon Gazette staff also wore the purple for a day, handed out purple sweets and encouraged office visitors to donate.

The North Devon Gazette team got their purple on in support of the Chemotherapy Appeal.The North Devon Gazette team got their purple on in support of the Chemotherapy Appeal.

Parkside Vauxhall, Kia and Suzuki staff in Barnstaple wore purple, sold cakes and donated £10 for each test drive, as well as donating £500 to the appeal.

North Devon Council staff took part, as did Barnstaple Specsavers, Bideford Quay Café, The Big Sheep, Tesco, ASDA and many more.

"Big Purple Day was a fantastic day - everywhere you looked around the hospital someone was wearing purple," said fund raiser Julie Whitton.

"The staff got fully behind the event, helping to raise awareness on how important a new chemotherapy and day treatment unit is for our North Devon patients."