Sunrise Appeal donation

Wadebridge Rotary presents a cheque to the Appeal

Sunrise Appeal Donation 

 The Wadebridge Rotary meeting on Thursday 18th October saw the final donation made from the proceeds of Wadebridge Wheels, the classic car event held in July. President Mick Goward was delighted to present £2,500 to Colin Micklewright, the Treasurer and one of the trustees of the Sunrise Appeal. 

The Sunrise Appeal was formed in 2000 to raise £500,000 to assist Royal Cornwall Hospital to build the Sunrise Centre, a new Clinical Oncology Department at Truro, and now exists to relieve people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly who are suffering from cancer. It has donated over £2m to the Centre, including the original £500,000 for the building, £650,000 to upgrade the linear accelerator, and the rest for further equipment and building work. It retains £2.2m in investments for future needs. 

The Appeal has also campaigned to retain cancer services provided by the Sunrise Centre in Cornwall, when NHS England was considering moving them out of county as part of a national plan. This would have meant Cornwall’s cancer patients having to travel to Exeter or Bristol for daily treatment – bad enough to contemplate from Wadebridge, much worse from the west of the county. The public consultation across the nation elicited 12,000 responses, of which 11,000 came from Cornwall. Colin was very pleased to tell us that just this week NHS England has indicated that cancer patients will continue to receive treatment at the Sunrise Centre. 

For more information, go to the Sunrise Appeal website: https://www.sunriseappeal.co.uk or https://www.sunriseappeal.co.uk/2018/10/15/the-sunrise-appeal-news-update/#more-1188 (news update on the consultation response). 

Report by Kevin Smith; photo by Martin Broadfoot