North Devon will be turning purple this weekend in support of an appeal to build a new cancer and wellbeing centre in Barnstaple.

Are you ready for the Big Purple Weekend?Are you ready for the Big Purple Weekend?

The Big Purple Weekend will kick off tomorrow (Friday), with local people and businesses invited to go potty for purple all weekend.

This is the seventh Purple Day the charity Over and Above has run, this time trying to help raise £1.5million for the new centre at North Devon District Hospital.

The centre will be a dedicated space available to anyone affected by cancer and other conditions at any stage of their illness.

Ian Roome, head of fundraising and volunteering, said: “The support we have had for the appeal has been overwhelming and I would like to thank everyone for their support.

“We are hoping to encourage everyone to fundraise using the colour purple – that maybe be asking your friends and family to sell purple cakes, wear purple – in fact anything that takes your fancy.

“We want to see North Devon in purple!

“This is your moment to sell your homemade delicious cakes with vibrant purple icing at your workplace, to wear purple clothing for the day, dye your hair or beard purple or why not go completely purple and facepaint too.”

If you have an idea for a Big Purple Day fundraising event, call the Fundraising Team on 01271 311772, email or visit

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