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Margaret’s knitted Christmas puds raise hundreds for RD&E’s Breast Cancer Support Fund


Local Sandford fundraiser Margaret Phillips has raised over £500 for the Breast Cancer Support Fund at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by selling knitted Christmas puddings.

Margaret, who fundraises for the charity every year, raised the money by selling her knitted Christmas puddings with a chocolate hidden inside to friends, family and her local community. The puddings were even stocked in local shops and pubs around Sandford and the chocolates were kindly donated by local supermarkets in Crediton. She also held a very successful coffee morning at the Church Hall in December in aid of the charity. 

She decided to start fundraising for the Breast Cancer Support Fund at the RD&E after she was cared for by the team. Margaret explained: “I had a lump removed a couple of years ago. Luckily it was benign but I thought I would like to start helping others. You never know when you might need a service like this yourself.”

Margaret recently visited the team at the RD&E’s Breast Care Unit to hand over this year’s cheque for £560. The RD&E’s Breast Cancer Support Fund is used to support improvements in patient care and experience such as the safe running of patient support groups, help towards the cost of a television in the waiting area of the surgical outpatients department, and towards equipment, staff training and education.

Gill Gray, Lead Breast Care Nurse Specialist at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital said: “We are very grateful for the generous efforts of Margaret, who has been such a consistent supporter of our fund and the patients that it helps. We value her hard work and the Breast Care Nursing Team look forward to Christmas and Easter when we can buy her puddings and chicks.”

Margaret intends to start knitting again for the charity very soon, with a batch of knitted Easter chicks planned for the Spring.

Added 09 February 2018

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