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Spintastic For Midsomer Norton RUH Fundraising Group

Midsomer Norton RUH Fundraising Group raised an incredible £1,279 by holding a bucket collection last Saturday at Tesco’s in Paulton. The bucket collection ran alongside a special “spinnathon” at the supermarket, where enthusiastic spinners raced for success in an enduring eight hour challenge, rotating hourly to keep the fundraising alive . The event was held in support of The Forever Friends Appeal

The fundraising group meets monthly to plan fun, friendly exciting activities in Midsomer Norton and surrounding areas. They have already successfully organized a Quiz Night and are in the process of planning future events. The groups lead fundraiser, Debbie Saffin said, “Most people know someone affected by cancer and the importance of this centre that will benefit our community. It is really uplifting doing something so positive in such a fun, friendly social group for such an amazing cause.”

The Forever Friends Appeal set up the fundraising group in Midsomer Norton to help support the current RUH Cancer Care Campaign aiming to raise £8.5 million towards the build of an exceptional new Cancer Centre at the hospital. This new Centre will make patients feel safe, supported and special so that they can get through their treatment with the least amount of stress, and their families can feel that they are supported as well.  Much of the existing RUH cancer services are located in inadequate, 70 year-old war time accommodation.  It has been the long-term aim to seek a solution and bring Cancer Services at the RUH all under one roof. The Cancer Centre will be a 66% / 33% partnership respectively between NHS and Charitable Funds, and thanks to the wonderful support of the public and two local Foundations the Appeal have so far raised a fabulous £6 million.  It is now down to the public and their continuing fundraising efforts that will help this pioneering building to be truly exceptional and vastly improve cancer care in this region.

Community Fundraiser for The Forever Friends Appeal, Zoe Tainton explains: “I am very proud of the Midsomer Norton Group – this was their first major event – which was clearly a huge success! It was an amazing team effort and I am so happy they had the support of the public behind them! Tesco’s were fab in letting us use their facilities and thank you to South Wansdyke Sport Centre for lending us the bikes. This is a lovely group, so friendly and enthusiastic- they have so many more fun times ahead of them!”

The group are now welcoming old and new faces to join them to help organize future events on Thursday 30th October at Farrington Golf and Country Club at 7pm. For more information please contact Events & Community Officer Emily Lynch on 01225 825823 or emily.lynch@nhs.net.

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