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Yeovil Rotarians support cancer charity

Yeovil Rotarians support cancer charity

Rotarians in Yeovil in Somerset have been working closely with Yeovil District Hospital’s Breast Cancer Unit Appeal. And, despite restrictions on fund-raising during the pandemic, they have made a sizeable donation to the charity.

Following the announcement of Breast Cancer Unit Appeal in 2019, previous Club President Clive Wakely selected the campaign as one of his chosen projects.

During his Rotary year, the club and District succeeded in raising £3,000, which was generated by the running of events, grant applications and other contributions.

Prior to the latest lockdown, Clive handed over a cheque to James Kirton, Head of Fundraising for the Yeovil Hospital Charity and its Breast Cancer Unit Appeal.

“We are extremely grateful for all the support from the Rotary Club of Yeovil and other clubs within District 1200 who have contributed to our appeal,” said James.

Yeovil District Hospital’s Breast Cancer Unit Appeal

“We are extremely grateful for all the support from the Rotary Club of Yeovil and other clubs within District 1200 who have contributed to our appeal,”

“I must also say a special thank you to Rotarian Stan Jones for his hard work in accessing matching grants, which has maximised the funds raised by the clubs and increased the total donated. Great team-work all round!”

So far, £1.64 million has been raised for the cancer unit towards a target of £2 million. The charity hopes that construction will begin in 2021, with fund-raising continuing after building has started.

The unit is designed to provide a much-needed dedicated space for patients needing to access the breast cancer service. It will include outpatient clinics and facilities for appointments with the surgeon and specialist nurses, but will not be used for chemotherapy procedures.

On making the donation, Clive said this represented a fitting end to a difficult year.

He said: “Taking into account all that has happened this year, what better way to end 2020 than to make a donation to a fantastic cause that will benefit the people of Yeovil and South Somerset.

So far, £1.64 million has been raised for the cancer unit towards a target of £2 million. The charity hopes that construction will begin in 2021, with fund-raising continuing after building has started.”

“I am therefore both pleased and proud to be able to hand-over a cheque for the money raised on behalf of our club, the Rotary District and everyone who has either contributed or been involved with our fund-raising efforts.”

For further information about the Yeovil District Hospital Breast Cancer Appeal, visit the website.


Meanwhile, in the Thames Valley, District 1090 Rotarians have just donated an impressive £14,500 towards the Thames Hospice. As a result, the hospice has afforded Rotary in the Thames Valley with the title of ‘founding champions’.

The money was raised from a number of fund-raising events and donations, and will go towards the building of the new hospice at Bray in Berkshire.

The money will be used to pay for garden furniture, as well as the installation of a water sculpture at the front of the hospice.

The money was raised from a number of fund-raising events and donations, and will go towards the building of the new hospice at Bray in Berkshire.”

“Thank you also for being part of this incredible step change in our services,” said Jane Symmons, Head of Major Gifts at the Thames Hospice.

“We really appreciate all your support in helping us make our new hospice a reality.

“Your trust in our vision for the future means a lot to us, especially given the challenges that we have all faced this year.”