Doncaster charity gets tree-mendous Christmas boost

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Doncaster residents have helped to boost one of the town’s most prominent home-grown charities by more than £5,000 during the festive season.

Donations to the Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust’s (DCDT) Memory Tree, based in the Frenchgate Centre, hit £5,150.

The Memory Tree, now in its 16th year, lets people place a message to a loved one who has suffered from cancer on a tree in return for a donation.

DCDT founder Jeanette Fish MBE said she was delighted with this year’s appeal, that saw 598 people donate, 531 of which were repeat visitors from previous years.

She said: “I’m very pleased with how this year’s appeal has gone. It’s not about an individual, it’s about the people of Doncaster who have continued to help raise money for equipment.

“Since the Memory Tree appeal began 16 years ago, people in Doncaster have raised over £50,000 for cancer equipment which is incredible.”

“I would like to thank and acknowledge to every one who donated.”

The DCDT was set up in 1972, after it emerged Doncaster Royal Infirmary was struggling to afford a bronchoscope, and since then has raised over £6 million and helped generations of patients.

Visitors to this year’s Memory Tree included civic mayor Eddie Dobbs, Labour leader, Ed Miliband and Doncaster Central MP and DCDT patron Rosie Winterton. Miss Winterton said: “I’d like to thank the people of Doncaster for once again digging deep and giving so generously to the Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust’s Memory Tree appeal.

“Sadly most people will know someone who has been affected by cancer – and will understand why the trust’s ongoing work to raise money to help combat the disease is so important.

“I’d like to pay a particular tribute to Jeannette Fish whose determination and commitment over the years has made a difference to many, many lives.”