Surf club raises huge amount for Chemotherapy Appeal

Woolacombe Boardriders Surf Club presented the chemotherapy appeal with the huge amount they had raised

A GRAND total of �10,000 was handed over to the Chemotherapy Appeal on Wednesday by Woolacombe Boardriders Surf Club.

The club raised just under �8,000 at their annual end of year party at the Red Barn, Woolacombe, which was topped up to a total of �10,000 by the St Austell Brewery Charitable Fund.

Lorna Britton, the club secretary, explained that as well as being a great cause, the appeal had a personal connection for the club.

She said: “Two of our members were diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year, and so it was very significant to us and to them.”

James Britton, Lorna’s husband, was diagnosed with the disease in June 2011, just after the couple got married, and emphasised North Devon District Hospital is in desperate need: “They only have three chairs in one tiny room at the moment and although the staff are fantastic they are all trying to work in such a small space.”

Fellow club member Lucy Cahillane who was also diagnosed with lymphoma in January 2011, added: “There can be up to ten people in the cramped room at a time including patients, nurses and families. Some of those people are seriously ill and have to go through their ordeal in front of a room of strangers.”

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“The new unit will provide such a nicer environment for the patients and for the nurses.”

The ‘Movember’ themed party invited everyone to grow moustaches for the occasion, and Red Barn owner Angus Ashford donated the venue for the occasion.

The club charged a �20 entry fee for the party, held a raffle with prizes donated both locally and nationally, and raised thousands of pounds through donations over the bar.

The money was officially handed over to Ian Roome, who heads up the Chemotherapy Appeal.

Mr Roome said: “I think it is absolutely phenomenal how much money they have raised. I am amazed at what the club has done and I would like to thank everyone involved for all their wonderful efforts.”

Lorna added: “We would really like to say thankyou to the local community of Woolacombe and friends of the club who turned out in force on the night and generously donated.”

The money will help to bring the �2.2million total and the construction of a new chemotherapy unit at North Devon District Hospital a lot closer.

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