Westward Ho! charity shop raises £37,000 for North Devon cancer unit
A seaside charity shop has raised an astonishing £37,000 in just three months to help boost a cancer appeal.
The North Devon Cancer Care Centre Trust (NDCCCT) raised the cash at its Westward Ho! charity shop.
It has pledged all money raised in the outlet towards the cost of the new chemotherapy and day treatment unit at North Devon District Hospital.
Trustee and shop manager Brenda Pellatt said it was great news.
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"Summer is always a busy time in our shop, but thanks to the summer appeal we have seen even more support than usual," she said.
When the appeal started the charity was hoping to hit the £30,000 mark, but it soon became apparent that it would outstrip that goal.
In fact, in the last few months the shop, which first opened 19 years ago, has also reached a significant milestone by raising more than £1million in total during that time.
NDCCCT treasurer Howard Davis said that to celebrate the remarkable achievement the trust would add to the total raised by the summer appeal to bring the donation to the unit up to £50,000.
This will mean that the total donated so far by NDCCCT towards the cost of the new chemotherapy and day treatment unit amounts to £400,000.
The work of the NDCCCT was a key factor in the opening of the first chemotherapy unit in Barnstaple in the 1990s, soon after the charity was founded by Jennifer Bonetta.
The charity provided half of the cost for that unit and then paid for the relocation to its current site.
Trust chairman James Bonetta said: "The chemotherapy unit has always been central to North Devon Cancer Care's goals, and we are delighted to be able to offer our continuing support."