Tesco stores across North Devon have come on board to support an appeal to build a new cancer and wellbeing centre.

Dan Fowler, Rose Lane and North Devon Tesco cluster manager is a committed hospital ambassador and has encouraged all the stores across North Devon to get behind the Over and Above appeal.

Dan said: "Tesco are delighted to be supporting the appeal and the fantastic and crucial work undertaken by our local hospital.

"We know that many of our colleagues and customers have come into contact with a service, support or care that's provided by them. We know that by linking up with the hospital charity Over and Above we can help them enhance the support and care offered to local patients suffering from cancer and chronic illness and their families."

Already, within six months the appeal has raised £467,405 through donations and pledges.

And now every Tesco Store in North Devon - Barnstaple Rose Lane, Station Road, Express, Braunton, Ilfracombe, Bideford and Westward Ho! has Over and Above collection pots on their tills and are hosting fundraisers.

In the autumn, Tesco donated £6,500 to the appeal and the stores have also offered hampers to the charity's raffles, have raised more than £56,000.

This year Tesco has donated five luxury hampers for the charity's Easter hamper raffle, filled with Easter egg goodies.

Fundraiser Julie Whitton, of Over and Above, said "Tesco has fully embraced this appeal and have gone the extra mile to support our patients with cancer and chronic illnesses.

"The store managers have visited the hospital and seen at first-hand how the lives of our patients will be improved with the new centre.

"Working at the hospital, I regularly see patients who have received news and need a place to mentally absorb what they have been told or to unwind - this new centre will be a place of sanctuary where our patients can go and talk to a friendly person with a listening ear."

Easter raffle tickets are now on sale and can be purchased for £1 in the Tesco stores and on weekdays in the North Devon District Hospital foyer.

If you would like to give your support to the hospital charity Over and Above, or want to find out more visit overandabove.org.uk or contact the fundraising team on 01271 311772.