Hero Ben launches tree appeal

Ben Parkinson is joined by Emma Ross, Frenchgate Centre, Matt Bingham, Sainsbury's Frenchgate store manager and Archdeacon Bob Fitzharris, CDT Chairman as they launch the Cancer Detection Trust's memory tree. Picture: Marie Caley D4339MC

Ben Parkinson is joined by Emma Ross, Frenchgate Centre, Matt Bingham, Sainsbury's Frenchgate store manager and Archdeacon Bob Fitzharris, CDT Chairman as they launch the Cancer Detection Trust's memory tree. Picture: Marie Caley D4339MC

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it’s already been a tree-mendous start for one of a Doncaster charity’s most popular fundraising efforts.

The annual Memory Tree appeal to raise money for the Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust was officially launched by the town’s hero soldier, Ben Parkinson, who was seriously injured while serving his country in Afghanistan.

Once again, the tree can be found in the Frenchgate Shopping Centre.

Founder and secretary of the charity, Jeannette Fish said:

“We would like to thank the Frenchgate Centre for again hosting the Memory Tree. It’s our 15th year with the Frenchgate Centre and we are grateful for giving us the opportunity to raise more awareness and more funds.”

The tree is in the Frenchgate Shopping Centre near the customer services desk until December 23.

Shoppers can make a donation in return for a memory decoration to add to the tree.