Hospital staff and patients star in Christmas hit video for Cancer and Wellbeing Centre appeal

Over and Above have been working as hard as Santa’s little elves and have created a Christmas music video starring staff from North Devon District Hospital and patients to raise money for the Cancer and Wellbeing Centre.

In the video, staff, patients and contractors who are working on the centre sing along to ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ by Mariah Carey and make a pledge for donations.

Julie Whitton, senior charity officer for Over and Above, said: “Our appeal has done really well and we’ve raised £1.1 million of the £1.5 million needed for the Cancer and Wellbeing Centre. We still need £400,000 to finish it.

“All we want for Christmas is a Cancer and Wellbeing Centre! Can you help us reach our target and give North Devon its best ever Christmas present?”

You can donate to the Cancer and Wellbeing Centre Appeal via the appeal’s JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/campaign/cancerappeal

The centre will support cancer patients, people with long-term conditions and their families through every stage of their journey, from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. This will be a first for North Devon, with the nearest cancer support centres currently in Exeter or Plymouth.

Mark Gill is one of the patients who starred in the video. Mark has recently been given a provisional all clear after treatment for throat cancer and wanted to take part in the video to support the appeal.

Mark said: “You can’t understand just how much cancer impacts your life and your family’s lives until you’ve experienced it. I can tell you that just having somewhere to go after receiving that devastating news would have made a big difference to us.

“I’ve recently been given some good news, which is fantastic, but cancer is such a life-changing thing that I know I’m only just getting back on my feet. My family and I will really benefit from having local support available to us in future.

“I’m glad to have been a part of the video to support the Centre and would encourage everyone to get behind it and donate.”

Find out more about the appeal and make a donation on the Over and Above website: overandabove.org.uk

We are currently recruiting volunteer staff to work in the new cancer centre. If you would like to make this your New Year’s resolution, please visit www.ndhtjobs.com or call 01271 313933 for more information.

Julie added: “Thank you to everyone who featured in the video for giving up their free time to take part. It wouldn’t be possible without your support.

“And to all our supporters, thank you and merry Christmas from Over and Above.”