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BARNSTAPLE Primark staff have been busy fundraising

BARNSTAPLE Primark staff have been very busy fundraising for the Cancer and Wellbeing Centre at North Devon District Hospital.

They raised £1,000 at their staff social events with guess the number of sweets in the jar, name the teddy and a bake off breakfast and cake sale.  Deputy Manager Annalise said “We are having fun raising funds for such a great cause.  We have lots more fundraising activities planned including 8 staff members taking on the Berry Beast abseil and a sponsored walk and breakfast at the end of January”.

Over and Above Fundraiser Julie Whitton said “It is fantastic to see the staff so committed to getting our Cancer and Wellbeing Centre up and running so that we can give support to our patients locally.  They are amazing”.

L-R  Primark Manager Mark Pickin, Over and Above Fundraiser Julie Whitton, Primark Deputy Manager Annalise Phillips


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New year, new challenge – volunteers wanted for new cancer centre

If you are looking for a new challenge in 2020 or are interested in volunteering but have wondered how to get started, the Cancer and Wellbeing Centre needs you!

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust are holding a volunteer open day on Saturday 18 January at North Devon District Hospital to recruit volunteers for the new centre.

The start of the New Year often gives people an opportunity to reflect on their lifestyle and set some goals for the year ahead. For many, these goals may be focussed around doing something to support their local community or to help with a worthwhile cause.

volunteers wanted for new cancer centre

Tasmin Andrew, centre manager, said: “The centre is going to be a wonderful resource for the patients of North Devon. If there was ever a worthwhile cause, this is it!

“I’m looking forward to working with a new team of volunteers and complementary therapists, who will be well supported and trained for their roles. If you’d like to know more, come along to our open day, we’d love to see you.”

The centre will be a place where patients with cancer, as well as their loved ones, can find support at any stage of their journey. The centre will provide a comfortable and welcoming environment, and its volunteers will play a vital role in running it.

There are vacancies for people to act as administrators, gardeners, meet and greeters and complementary therapists.

Volunteering has many benefits. It can help you to make new friends and contacts, increase your social and relationship skills and increase your self-confidence. It’s good for your mind, body and soul, and good for improving your career options.

One of our newest volunteers Marian explained why she was looking forward to working in the new Cancer and Wellbeing Centre: “I want to help people in the local community. I feel that myself and my family have benefitted so much from the NHS over the years that it’s time to give something back. Everyone has been lovely and I’m really excited about getting started!”

The volunteer open day will be held at the Seamoor Unit at North Devon District Hospital, with sessions starting at 10am and 12 noon.

At the open day, potential volunteers can meet the staff involved, find out more about the roles available, the support and training that will be given, pick up an information pack and take part in some group activities.

For more information about vacancies and the benefits of volunteering, visit or call 01271 313933 or email for a volunteer information pack.

Jean Newcombe's charity wreaths cheque presentation - 19.12.19

Thank You Jean

Over and Above volunteer Jean Newcombe made lots of beautiful wreaths for Christmas and she donated £5 for every wreath sold to the Cancer and Wellbeing Centre Appeal.   She raised a magnificent £65 to support the building of the new Cancer Support Centre.

Over and Above Fundraiser Julie Whitton said “Jean works tirelessly as a volunteer for our hospital charity and we can’t thank her enough for her generous donation which will help us to support our patients.”


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Fantastic Roborough Women’s Circle

Roborough Women’s Circle has raised a fabulous £100 for the Cancer and Wellbeing Appeal through their Christmas craft event.  Over and Above Fundraiser Julie Whitton said “I am delighted to receive this cheque for the Cancer Appeal.  Every £1 is helping us to get that much closer to our target and we are very grateful for this generous donation.”

Photograph :  Roborough Women’s Circle Member Sandy Turner and Over and Above Fundraiser Julie Whitton

Out Door Events Team Do It Again!

Over and Above’s outdoor events team has raised a fantastic £1,000 for Over and Above’s Cancer and Wellbeing Centre Appeal.  Over and Above fundraiser Ian Roome said “Throughout the year the events team attend local regattas and local shows providing PA support, which in turn is helping our cancer appeal at North Devon District Hospital.  They are a remarkable team that dedicate their weekends to support our patients”.

Photograph:  Tim Hodgett, Over and Above Fundraiser Ian Roome, Eric Homewood and Norman Sanders

Thank You Eaton (South Molton)

Eaton South Molton Charity and Community Committee raised a fantastic £350 for the Cancer and Wellbeing Centre Appeal.   Eaton employee David Stoneman’s wife Gail receives treatment at the Seamoor Chemotherapy Unit and together they are prominent fundraisers for Over and Above.  Their fundraising is infectious and Eaton wanted to give their support.   David and Gail Stoneman are amazing supporters of the hospital charity and they have now raised in excess of £19,000 through their own personal fundraising and their supporters.  Over and Above fundraiser Julie Whitton said “We are thrilled to receive Eaton’s donation to the Cancer Appeal – this money will help us to open in early spring 2020.”

Pictured: L-R:  Eaton Site Manager Nick Matthews, Secretary of Eaton South Molton Charity and Community Committee Kevin Kingdon, Gail Stoneman and Treasurer of Eaton South Molton Charity and Community Committee Ian Pincombe.

Sainsbury’s Christmas Treats for Caroline Thorpe Ward

Barnstaple Sainsbury’s kindly brought in sacks full of presents and nibbles for the children to enjoy at Christmas.  The children on the ward were delighted.

Caroline Thorpe Children’s Play Leader Fran Greenaway said “Our children’s team are thrilled to receive so many toys that we can give to those children who come into hospital over Christmas.  The toys will help to brighten up their day.

Over and Above fundraiser Julie Whitton said “I have never  seen so many toys in the playroom.  There were tractors, trailers, a dolls house, Toy Story characters, computer games – it was piled high with gifts.  Truly, these gifts are a dream come true and we cannot thank David and Sainsbury’s enough for their kind support.

Pictured: Sainsbury’s Operations Manager Mike Harris, Heidi Walker, Morag Disney, Caroline Thorpe Ward Play Leader Fran Greenaway, Dr Jean Paul Smith, Staff Nurse Lynsey Goss and Sainsbury’s Mr Christmas

Christmas Comes Early for Caroline Thorpe Children’s Ward

THIS WEEK has been a wonderful day of toy donations on the  Caroline Thorpe Children Ward.   BARNSTAPLE MAN, 46 year old David Turner has made dreams come true for the children’s ward at North Devon District Hospital.

David’s brother Shaun sadly passed away in September but a few days before he passed away he asked David to bring to fruition 10 good wishes.  One of those special wishes was to give the children on the Caroline Thorpe Children’s ward a present for Christmas.

David kept his word and purchased over £2,000 of toys and this week he brought them into the hospital. The majority of the toys were purchased from local toy shop, Youings, in Barnstaple, who were so impressed by David’s kindness that they gave him an excellent discount on his purchases.   David also purchased twenty £5 Boots the Chemist vouchers for the ward and Boots the Chemist gave him some gifts for the children.

David said “I’m really pleased that the children will have something nice at Christmas.  It was what my brother would have wanted.  I found it quite difficult to know which toys to pick but Youings Toy Shop assistants and the Caroline Thorpe Ward Play Leader helped me.  There is such a big selection I think the children will like what we chose for them.”

Pictured: Over and Above fundraiser Julie Whitton, Caroline Thorpe Play Leader Fran Greenaway, David Turner, Caroline Thorpe Ward staff Sarah Morrag, Becki Westlake, Kate Turnbull and Rowena Burrows