Sandy Bay gives cancer charity £10,000 Christmas present

PUBLISHED: 17:37 08 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:08 10 June 2010

THE owners of Exmouth s largest private employer, Devon Cliffs Holiday Park, gave a cancer charity an early and totally unexpected £10,000 Christmas present.

THE owners of Exmouth's largest private employer, Devon Cliffs Holiday Park, gave a cancer charity an early and totally unexpected £10,000 Christmas present.

Owners Maura and Jim Anderson and Maureen and John Gray along with Devon Cliff's James Tyrell gave Macmillan's fundraising manager Calvin Lovelock a cheque for £10,000 at the end of season Christmas party at Sandy Bay.

During the past nine months, more than £8,000 had been raised for Macmillan by the quartet with the generous support of the owners and staff.

Devon Cliffs topped that up to £10,000 - taking the owners' four year total for all charities to £30,000.

Maura said: "We usually support four charities each season but many owners are affected by cancer and some of the staff as well so we concentrated our efforts on Macmillan this year.

"Jim has cancer and we have really appreciated Macmillan's support; our nurse answers our questions as a friend, arranges Jim's tests and medication and I'm about to go on a course of counselling. It's great to have her on board.

"We set out to raise £10,000 this year but we have not been able to come down as often so we were a little disappointed to only reach last year's total. I am thrilled and delighted that Devon Cliffs has enabled us to reach our goal."

John said: "Fundraising can be hard work but its enjoyable and great fun meeting everyone. Released from household chores and commitments, people are relaxed and ready to give!

"I've been amazed at everyone's generosity, despite the economic climate."

James Tyrrell, part of Devon Cliff's management, said: "Having has cancer myself, I am so pleased that we have been able to make such a worthwhile contribution to Macmillan's special brand of care and support."

A grateful Calvin Lovelock of the charity said: "To think that all this fundraising has been going on under my nose, without me knowing about it!

"This is a phenomenal fundraising achievement and will provide a wonderful boost to our expanding range of cancer care services. Devon Cliffs owners and management - and especially Maura and Jim and Maureen and John - have my grateful thanks for their extra-ordinary generosity and for all they have done.

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