The treasurer of Crewkerne and District Friends of Cancer Research, Lawrence Cox, presented a cheque for £14,502.53 to Becky Trout, Local Fundraising Manager for Cancer Research UK, at the group’s Annual General Meeting. The amount was raised from last year’s fundraising events, collection boxes in shops, a town collection in Crewkerne and at Morrisons in Yeovil and bequests from ‘In Memorium’. Donations were also received from Crewkerne Running Club, the Ribbon Club in Chard and Cider Drinkers at Hinton St George. The amount surpassed the previous year’s total by over £3,000.

In the treasurer’s report for 2017, Lawrence Cox said: “This year has been our best for a long while. Although the amount received from collection boxes in shops was somewhat lower than previously, we thank our chairman Simon Colledge for the considerable amount of trudging he does around the shops in Crewkerne and in Chard and for counting the masses of one, two and five pence coins in the boxes, from which we are occasionally rewarded by finding a note among the change. Our town collection in June broke the £500 barrier for the first time.”

Lawrence expressed the group’s gratitude to all its members for making it a successful fundraising year and especially thanked Audrey and David Long who hosted a coffee morning and a Summer lunch party in their garden and Pauline and Peter Wingrave for donating proceeds from selling refreshing drinks to visitors during Crewkerne Open Gardens Day. The Crewkerne and District Friends of Cancer Research fondly remembered their colleagues who had recently passed away, namely Jean Goscomb, a former secretary and former treasurer Joyce King.

Becky Trout of Cancer Research UK thanked the group for their long-standing commitment in providing funds for the charity’s research into cancers. She explained that they were looking into funding more research into types of cancer where less progress had been made, such as brain cancer. They were also working with Exeter and Cambridge Universities on cancer diagnostic tests, which will enable tests to be carried out in GP’s surgeries. The charity’s annual Stand Up To Cancer campaign was encouraging more younger people to get involved and once again the organisers of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race had announced that Cancer Research UK (CRUK) was their chosen charity for 2018.

Becky Trout presented certificates and badges to long standing members of Crewkerne and District Friends of Cancer Research, for five and ten years voluntary support, with Simon and Robina Colledge receiving awards for fifteen years of voluntary support and service to the charity. The Friends are now busy planning their local fundraising events for this year, which will include a French Brunch, open to everyone, on June 20th and a town collection in July. For more information or to join the Friends, please contact Robina on 01460 75815 or email

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