A successful fundraising year has been reported by Crewkerne & District Friends of Cancer Research UK. The amount raised through events, collections, legacies and donations during 2018 was up on the previous year by over a thousand pounds, resulting in a cheque for £15,769.00 being presented to the charity’s Community Legacy Manager for the South West, Ros Fry at the Friends annual general meeting.

Chairman of the Friends, Simon Colledge thanked members for their continued support and fundraising efforts. In particular he mentioned the very well attended summer lunch and garden party hosted by Audrey and David Long which raised £824.00, the bubbles and canapes evening hosted by Pauline and Peter Wingrave raising £515.00, the one woman show by Jan McNeill at Henhayes Centre raising £1,017.00 and the guess the number of pink shallots in a jar, organised by Bill Brown and run at the King William public house raising £250.00. A big thank you was extended to Morrisons in Yeovil where a collection raised £357.00, to everyone who had donated at the town collection, families who had contributed with bequests In Memorium and local businesses who had provided food or drink items for the events.

Before updating the Friends on the work that Cancer Research is carrying out to improve awareness, diagnosis and treatments for all cancers, Ros Fry said: “It is groups like yourself with a presence in the community that make a great difference. I would like to thank everybody for fundraising which is hugely important but also for building confidence for the charity. Smaller communities take great care of each other as is shown in the fact that we have 30 fundraising groups across the South West.”

Ros Fry told the Friends that the charity receives £20M in legacies a year from the South West region and across the UK at the moment, there are 25,000 people on clinical trials. The charity is also working closely with doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians, dentists and other health professionals in helping them to have a better understanding of cancer of which there are 200 different types and to spot the early signs so that those with cancer receive an earlier diagnosis. Cancer research UK is also working in the areas of Immune therapy – helping the body to fight the cancer and researching the effects of over use of sugar and obesity, factors other than smoking which may increase the risk of getting cancer.

In addition to promoting the legacy message, whereby people can specify which type of cancer research they would prefer their bequest to go to in their will, Ros spoke about the Cancer Helpline. The phone line on 0808 800 4040 is staffed by cancer specialist nurses and can be accessed by anyone who has concerns, either for their self, a family member or a friend. Friends secretary Robina Colledge expressed concern that younger people were not coming on board the group which has been running for about 20 years in Crewkerne. Its members are “getting older” and they would be delighted to welcome new members from the younger age groups in the local communities to join them. Anyone who would like to join the Friends in Crewkerne & District, please contact Robina on 01460 75815 or email


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