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Crowland Cancer Fund distributes funds raised during the year to six charities at annual presentation evening




Cancer fundraisers in Crowland have marked their 29th year by donating £30,000 to charities and organisations taking on the condition.

Trustees of Crowland Cancer Fund held their annual presentation evening at the parish council offices in Hall Street earlier this month.

Six charities sent representatives to accept donations from money raised through the Crowland Cancer Fund shop in East Street.

Crowland Cancer Fund trustees and representatives from six charities and organisations to benefit from funds raised during 2018-19. Photo supplied. (8751540)
Crowland Cancer Fund trustees and representatives from six charities and organisations to benefit from funds raised during 2018-19. Photo supplied. (8751540)

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, Marie Curie Cancer Care and St Barnabas Hospice were three of the charities which received £5,000.

Vikki Allen, community fundraiser for St Barnabas Hospice, said: "It is a pleasure to be one of the chosen charities to benefit from the Crowland Cancer Fund and the amount raised is truly overwhelming.

"We have received several amazing donations from the fund in the past and the total amount donated to St Barnabas is £73,500.

"This money goes a huge way towards helping us support and care for people across Lincolnshire living with a life-limiting or terminal illness, as well as their families and carers."

The St Barnabas Hospice shop and cafe in Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson. 100818106SG
The St Barnabas Hospice shop and cafe in Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson. 100818106SG

Joely Garner, Senior Community Fundraiser at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, said: "Thank you so much to Crowland Cancer Fund for the kind donation and their continued support over the years.

"It was a real pleasure to attend the presentation evening and to have the chance of speaking to the people who make these donations possible.

"While we offer our expert palliative care and compassion to patients and their families free of charge, we need to raise £2.4 million this year to provide it.

"Therefore, we rely on the generosity of our local community to help us be there when it matters for local families."

A nurse from Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice with charity's mascot, Super Bear. Photo supplied by Sue Ryder Care.
A nurse from Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice with charity's mascot, Super Bear. Photo supplied by Sue Ryder Care.

Charlotte Jackson, East Midlands fundraising manager for Marie Curie, said: "We are incredibly grateful for the donation we received and it completely demonstrates what an amazing community there is in Crowland.

"With the closure of Crowland Cancer Fund's furniture warehouse, I never expected that we would be receiving such a large donation and it is truly incredible.

"The money will support the delivery of our services as Marie Curie is here for people living with any terminal illness and their families.

"We offer expert care, guidance and support to help them get the most from the time they have left.

"Thank you to all at Crowland Cancer Fund for helping to continue what Marie Curie is able to offer."

Crowland Cancer Fund committee members with representatives from Peterborough City Hospital, Marie Curie Cancer Care, St Barnabas Hospice and Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice at the annual presentation evening in 2018. Photo by Philip Jackson.
Crowland Cancer Fund committee members with representatives from Peterborough City Hospital, Marie Curie Cancer Care, St Barnabas Hospice and Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice at the annual presentation evening in 2018. Photo by Philip Jackson.

The same amount went to each of Peterborough City Hospital's chemotherapy unit, the lymphoedema suite at Stamford and Rutland Hospital and the children's oncology ward at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

Libby Jackson, secretary for Crowland Cancer Fund, said: "Despite the fact that our furniture warehouse closed in August 2018, reducing our fundraising ability, we were able to give away equal amounts to the six charities.

"We now rely on our shop to provide the bulk of our funds, supplemented by donations direct from the public."

Since it was founded by the late Frank Barrett, along with wife Sandra, in October 1990, Crowland Cancer Fund has raised more than £810,000 for charities and hospitals.

Peterborough City Hospital.
Peterborough City Hospital.

Linda Nkhata, chemotherapy day unit manager at Peterborough City Hospital, said: "On behalf of the day unit, I would like to thank the Crowland Cancer Fund for picking us as one of their chosen charities.

"Their generous donation will be used to improve patient experiences at the beginning of their journey with us.

"We hope to put the funds towards buying smart interactive display which will be used to deliver our new patients' talk."

Anyone interested in volunteering for Crowland Cancer Fund should call the shop on 01733 211005.



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