Tesco staff have donated thousands-of-pounds and 12 luxury gift hampers to kick-start Over and Above’s £1.5million cancer and wellbeing centre appeal.

Tesco's stores across North Devon have come up trumps to kick start Over and Above's new Cancer and Wellbeing Appeal with a generous donation of £6,500.

Dan Fowler, North Devon Tesco cluster manager, and manager of the Rose Lane store in Barnstaple, has been rallying North Devon's Tesco stores to support the charity's appeal.

As revealed in the Gazette this month, Over and Above is hoping to raise £1.5million to build a new cancer and wellbeing centre for patients at North Devon District Hospital (NDDH).

This year Tesco has donated two cheques totalling £5,000; gift tokens to the value of £1,500; and 12 luxury hampers, six for the charity's Easter hamper raffle held earlier in the year and six for the charity's current summer barbecue hamper raffle.

Over and Above fundraiser Julie Whitton said: "We cannot thank Tesco enough.

"They really have pulled out all the stops to support our new appeal.

"Our North Devon Tesco Stores are fantastic supporters of the appeal.

"Over the past six years they have donated amazing raffle prizes, as well as supporting our events which has helped us to raise almost £50,000 to support the new Seamoor Chemotherapy and Day Treatment Unit, our Special Care Baby Unit and now our new cancer support unit.

"As their saying goes, 'Every little helps', and for the hospital charity North Devon Tesco stores really are making a difference and we cannot thank them enough."

Each of the luxury summer hampers were donated and individually wrapped by each of the stores in North Devon.

For a chance to win prizes including a large barbecue, charcoal, pickles and sauces, chocolate and an alcoholic hamper, you can enter the Summer Raffle.

Tickets can be purchased for £1 on weekdays from the hospital fundraising team's volunteers in the NDDH foyer, and from volunteers at local events.

If you would like to give your support to the hospital charity Over and Above, or want to find out more please visit www.overandabove.org.uk and the charity Facebook page or contact the North Devon District Hospital Fundraising Team on 01271 311772 or email ndht.charity@nhs.net