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The Helen Straker Charity raises £39k for Dyson Cancer Centre


On Monday 16th December the Helen Straker Charity announced it has raised £78,000 during 2019 in aid of The Forever Friends Appeal and Dorothy House Hospice Care.

They were the two favourite charities of Helen Straker, late wife of Gordon Straker, who sadly lost her brave fight against cancer in 2013. Gordon continues Helen’s impressive fundraising efforts through The Helen Straker Charity which was officially registered in 2014.

Both The Forever Friends Appeal and Dorothy House Hospice Care received £39,000 at a cheque presentation held at The Bear Hotel in Devizes.

This year the Helen Straker Charity raised the total amount at a number of events including their annual golf day in July and clay pigeon shoot in September. This follows another great year of fundraising last year when the Helen Straker Charity raised a total of £80,000.

Helen was a proactive fundraiser for  our  RUH Cancer Care campaign and Dorothy House Hospice Care. Gordon Straker, Trustee of the Helen Straker Charity said: “My thanks goes to all the companies, individuals and sponsors who supported our charity this year. Well done to all involved it’s a great achievement. We are proud to have raised £78,000 in funds for Helen’s two chosen charities this year as her aim in life was to help others and it is very satisfying to be able to continue her legacy as she would have wished.”

Jan Witt, In Memory and Legacy Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said: “On behalf of the Appeal, I personally would like to thank the trustees of the Helen Straker charity for their continued support, commitment and raising funds for the RUH’s pioneering new Cancer Centre which will provide a highly beneficial healing environment, transforming care for patients and their families. In recognition for their superb fundraising efforts totalling £235,000, the Helen Straker Charity are now Principal Family Partners of The Forever Friends Appeal, meaning they will have a naming opportunity for one of the specialist areas or departments within the new Cancer Centre.”

Phillippa Watson, Head of Fundraising at Dorothy House Hospice Care said: “Many congratulations to the charity for raising such significant funds once again in 2019, it is greatly appreciated and will help Dorothy House continue to provide specialist care for people living with a life-limiting illness. We are extremely grateful to Gordon Straker, the charity Trustees and to the Devizes Lions Club this year for all their hard work and fundraising efforts.  Dorothy House cared for Helen during her battle with cancer and we’re proud to remain a beneficiary of the Helen Straker Charity.”


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