A group of devoted residents from Warminster have raised an incredible £75,000 for The Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign.

The Cancer Care Campaign was set up by the Appeal in 2013 to raise funds for the pioneering new Cancer Centre due to be built at the Royal United Hospitals, (RUH) Bath in 2019.

The 15 members of The Warminster and District RUH Fundraising Group have been fundraising for five years and they meet on a monthly basis at The Organ Inn, Warminster’s High Street.

Every year, the group plan fun and exciting fundraising activities in Warminster and its surrounding areas, including their popular pig races (fluffy toys instead of real ones) which has seen over £5,000 raised in one night.

Nic Noble, Co-founder of Warminster and District RUH Fundraising Group said:

“This group is an extension of my family, we’ve all had a family member or friend who has had cancer in one form or another and have been treated at the RUH. Being part of this group and raising funds for our local hospital is important to all of us. I lost my sister, Ness ten years ago to Cancer and I promised her that I would continue fundraising in her memory to keep her legacy alive.

“The RUH is an incredible hospital, but its current Cancer facilities are far from ideal as they are in what was meant to be temporary buildings during world war two. Some of our members have also fought their own battle with Cancer and experienced the great care at the RUH, so when we set up the group, it was an easy decision for us to raise funds for the new RUH Cancer Centre. It’s something that’s close to all our hearts.”

To mark the group’s fifth anniversary they will hold their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 28 March at the Organ Inn, Warminster. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Claudia Hickin, Senior Community Fundraiser, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We are very grateful to our Warminster & District RUH Fundraising Group. They all work so hard fundraising for the Cancer Care campaign and it’s lovely to see they have a lot of fun along the way.

“They have a range of events planned throughout this year and I’d like encourage anyone who wants to support the RUH to go along. Fundraising in the fight against cancer never stops and we are confident that with the help of our dedicated supporters and the goodwill of the public, we will raise the much-needed funds to help achieve the very best care, treatment and quality of environment for RUH patients.”

If anyone is interested in joining the Warminster and District RUH Fundraising Group or volunteering for The Forever Friends Appeal, please contact Senior Community Fundraiser, Claudia on 01225 825825 or email: claudia.hickin@nhs.net