A home-grown Doncaster charity has launched its tree-mendous annual festive fundraising appeal this week.
Fundraisers can now donate to Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust’s (dCDC) Memory Tree appeal by buying a decoration and leaving a message in honour of a loved one who has died from the disease. The fundraiser was unveiled in the Frenchgate Centre with war hero Ben Parkinson MBE, aged 30, from Besscarr, Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones and DCDC chairman Bob Fitzharris all in attendance.
Laurie Barton-Wright, Frenchgate Centre centre manager said: “We’re so pleased to welcome back the Memory Tree to Frenchgate.
“Christmas is a time of year when we remember loved ones and the Memory Tree enables people to make a donation to a great cause, whilst remembering people with a memory to hang on their tree.”
In return for a donation, people taking part in the appeal will also receive a memory token to place on their Christmas tree. This year the tree will be based on the ground floor of the Frenchgate near Boots and BHS.
The appeal raised an impressive £6,427 last year, and the charity hopes to raise a similar amount this year.
It is the 16th year of the charity’s appeal, which is supported by the Doncaster Free Press. People can make donations and add to the memory tree, which will be manned between 10am and 4pm every day until Tuesday, December 23. The names of every single donor will be acknowledged in the Doncaster Free Press, as part of ongoing coverage about the memory tree appeal.
The Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust was launched in 1972, and since then has donated over 92 pieces of equipment to Doncaster Hospitals totalling in excess of £1,500,000.