Fundraisers are hailed for their incredible successes

By Ellen Grindley in Charity

A Cancer Research UK fundraising group has raised an incredicle £26,000 for the charity in just one year.

The Plympton branch of Cancer Research UK celebrated the fantastic total at its annual meeting this month.

Plympton committee president Dr Keith Clapton told members it had been an excellent fundraising year, complimenting the committee and its supporters for raising £26,759.20.

Hardworking members were recognised for their considerable efforts throughout the year.

The group raised the money through: collections at supermarkets organised by Nigel Taylor and John Smith; Coffee Weeks at Harewood House organised by Geoffrey and Sheila Mollard; an evening of dance and socialising, and sales of handcrafted items organised by Jackie Formosa.

Eileen Parker volunteered at the Plymouth Cancer Research UK shop in Cornwall Street, and Geoffrey Mollard worked to collect ‘in memoriam’ donations.

Committee member Jackie Formosa, supported by her parents and friends, uses her crafting skills to make items for sale on behalf of the charity.

Jackie’s most recent outing at Mount Edge­combe raised more than £200.

She said: “It is great to spend time on my crafting hobby throughout the week and then to look forward to selling the items at local fairs, fetes and table top sales.

“These opportunities not only raise funds but also awareness of the aims, trials and successes of Cancer Research UK.

“It also gives me an opportunity to meet people who have had or are having treatment, or require consoling when they have lost loved ones.”

Committee secretary Nigel Taylor added: “As a committee we are always looking at innovative ways to raise funds in the south Devon and East Cornwall area.”

Cancer Research UK local fundraising manager Annabel Coakley said: “Cancer is an international problem.

“Notwithstanding this, some of the funding raised is used locally at Derriford Hospital by Dr Simon Rule, consultant haem­atologist, and his team, who undertake clinical trials.”

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