Fab five raise funds for Macmillan

A new cancer support group has been set up in Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton by five local people. The group will raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Cancer support has been given a boost in Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton thanks to the launch of a new support group.

Five local people have set up a new fundraising group for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Now the founder members hope others will join the group to help raise much-needed funds to help Macmillan give local people living with cancer the medical, practical, emotional and financial support they need.

Chairman John Fisher said: ‘After the death of my mother in August, and being forced into a career change at the same time, I wanted something to occupy my mind, and put something back into a community that has given me so much after 36years in business.

“Helping to establish a new group will enable me to apply my skills in a new context and give me a welcome change of focus from what has been a particularly difficult period for me.”

Calvin Lovelock, Macmillan’s fundraising manager, said: “Although Macmillan has more committees in Devon than any other county, I am absolutely delighted about the birth of our new group – especially as Exmouth is the county’s largest town and the charity has embarked on a �2 million programme of investment in new cancer services and projects in Devon.

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“The energy and enthusiasm of a new group is always highly infectious and motivational - and with our centenary just ahead, what a time to be involved with Macmillan!”

Three of the five founding members are from Villa Maison, in Cyprus Road.

Last Saturday the group held its first fundraising event – a coffee morning for friends and neighbours.

Residents teamed up to fundraise after hearing the charity was keen to set up a group in Exmouth.

• To help with fundraising or to find out more about Macmillan, contact Calvin Lovelock on (01803) 528004 or email clovelock@macmillan.org.uk

Pictured here are: Committee members of the newly formed Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising group, Chairman John Fisher, centre, with members Kim Bloxham, Annie Dent, Pat Bunton and Ave Conroy.

Picture by David Bunton.

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