VIDEO: Miles ahead in our campaign

Almost £100,000 has been raised towards our Miles Better Million Campaign.

Earlier this year we teamed up with the Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust, (DCDT), to raise £1 million to bring radiotherapy services to Doncaster for the first time.

The Venerable Bob Fitzharris, DCDT Chairman, Jeanette Fish, DCDT Secretary, Councillor Paul Wray, Civic Mayor of Doncaster and Raymond Cuschieri, Deputy medical director, pictured during the launch. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP DCDT MC 2

The Venerable Bob Fitzharris, DCDT Chairman, Jeanette Fish, DCDT Secretary, Councillor Paul Wray, Civic Mayor of Doncaster and Raymond Cuschieri, Deputy medical director, pictured during the launch. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP DCDT MC 2

At a meeting of Trust members yesterday it was revealed that, 10 months after the campaign was launched, almost £100,000 has been raised.

Chair of Doncaster Detection Trust Robert Fitzharris said: “I am very grateful for the support of the Free Press, who have kept the campaign in the forefront of people’s minds.

“We have now, thanks to the people of Doncaster, raised nearly £100,000, since we launched our campaign in January.

“We are holding this event as a reminder that, while that is brilliant, we still have a long way to go to meet our £1m target. I am confident we will reach that by the end of 2017.”

Currently, patients from Doncaster undergoing gruelling cancer treatment have to endure exhausting trips across South Yorkshire to receive vital radiotherapy treatment in Sheffield.

But if we reach our target, health chiefs will be able to open a brand new suite at Doncaster Royal Infirmary saving patients those difficult journeys across the county.

Robert added: “The benefits of this would be incalculable to the ordinary people of this town and the surrounding areas.

“This is a chance for the people of Doncaster and Bassetlaw to receive the best early diagnosis and then treatment here in Doncaster, treatment provided by the superb teams from Western Park.

“The best possible treatment is freely available in Sheffield, but so many people find it very hard to travel with their loved ones to Sheffield. They go back day after day, week after week and month after month. Already tired people become exhausted and some give up.

“We are working towards excellence coming to us rather than us going to excellence.”

Two further cheques were also presented at the meeting, at the Mansion House, High Street, including one for over £2,000 from the Royal Bank of Scotland.

The £2623.90 was raised on Saturday October 17 by holding a ball for over 120 local business leaders at the Earl of Doncaster Hotel, Bennetthorpe.

Mark Flanagan of RBS Scotland, said: “This was our second ball raising money for DCDT. We are now hoping to make this an annual event. Next year we’re going to step it up and make it even better.

“The people of Doncaster would benefit hugely from this and we are proud to be behind a local charity.”

The second cheque, for £1000, came from Unite.