War hero Ben Parkinson backs our Miles Better Million campaign

Ben Parkinson and Ros Jones launch the annual appeal to raise a mile of coins in aid of Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust
Ben Parkinson and Ros Jones launch the annual appeal to raise a mile of coins in aid of Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust

Doncaster’s Afghanistan war hero Ben Parkinson has given his backing to our Miles Better Million campaign to bring radiotherapy to the town for the very first time.

Customers at the Frenchgate Shopping Centre,are being urged to donate their loose change – and help ‘coin’ it in for the town’s cancer patients all this week.

Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust launched its seventh annual Mile of Coins appeal at Frenchgate at a special event attended by local war hero Ben, the elected Mayor Ros Jones, and Bob Fitzharris the Archdeacon of Doncaster.

Frenchgate customers can add their donations to the campaign at the shopping centre until Sunday June 21.

Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton and the town’s Civic Mayor Councillor Paul Wray are also expected to join the appeal at the shopping centre during the week.

Marketing manager Karen Staniforth said: “Frenchgate has a long history of supporting the Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust and so we are thrilled to play host once again to the Mile of Coins appeal.

“We were one of the first to donate to the campaign earlier this year by giving £500 in January so we hope all our customers will join us in helping this wonderful cause.”

In 2014 the campaign raised £2,140 – the equivalent of a mile and a quarter of coins.

Overall the campaign has raised £43,000 to date.

DCDT was founded in 1972 to purchase equipment for Doncaster Hospitals to diagnose and treat cancer among the town’s residents.

The Miles Better Million campaign, backed by the Doncaster Free Press, aims to bring radiotherapy services to Doncaster for the first time, with the £1million fundraising target earmarked for new scanning facilities and a treatment suite at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.