Doncaster’s Cancer Detection Trust celebrated its 40th anniversary in fine style - taking receipt of cheques to the value of almost £10,000.
Representatives of some of the fundraisers who dug deep to help the charity reach its target of raising £600,000 for a state-of-the-art scanner attended an anniversary lunch at the Earl of Doncaster Hotel.
Guests heard charity trustee Rosie Winterton, the Doncaster Central MP, recall how her predecessor, the late Harold Walker, told of his initial meeting with Jeanette Fish, who outlined her vision for a hospice for Doncaster.
Mr Walker, she recalled, felt that raising £1 million for ther project was an impossible task but, he later told Miss Winterton: “She went away and she did it.” Miss Winterton told the audience: “What had seemed an impossible dream became a reality.”
The MP led a round of applause for Mrs Fish, the trust’s honarary secretary and the sole surviving member of the original DCDT committee.
Civic mayor Coun Eva Hughes paid tribute to the work of the trust - which is one of the charities she is supporting in her year in office - over the years in providing a service for the people of Doncaster, while Roger Greenwood, chariman of Doncaster Primary Care Trust, outlined the challenges ahead for healthcare in the borough.
Contributions to the trust’s Scan for Life appeal - run in conjunction with the Doncaster Free Press - handed over last week were £3,250 from Perfect Angels, a group of business people led by solicitor Andrew Isaacs who, among other things, recorded and sold a version of Lou Reed’s Perfect Day, £2,200 from St John the Baptist, Wadworth, and St Katherine’s, Loversall, £1,300 from Thorne Rotary Club, £1,251 from the Doncaster Round Table and £200 from Hatfield Friends.
In a separate presentation, the Christ Church Dancers, based at Parklands Social Club, Wheatley Hall Road, handed over £1,500 to the appeal.
Scan for Life donations can be paid into the Co-operative Bank in St Sepulchre Gate, using account number 50326679.