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Fundraising updates

Recent donations update…

Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer recently donated £475.97 as part of their ‘Neighbourly’ fundraising campaign. This brings the total raised so far since September 2019 to £942.94. We really appreciate all their hard work and generosity.

Ladies Night Out

A group of ladies in Hatfield called ’Ladies Night Out’ gave us £75. We hope you enjoyed all your outings ladies and thank you so much for your welcome donation.

Pioneer Design & Build

Towards the end of February we received £2,500 from Karl Parker at Pioneer Design & Build Limited. They raised the money via “Movember” and other events.

Thank you so much Karl and everyone else who took part in the fundraising. We are very grateful for your generous donation.

Frenchgate - Happiness Movement

A big thank you to Frenchgate who presented us with a cheque for £600 from the sales of the Gumball Machines they’ve had in the Frenchgate Centre as part of their ‘Happiness Movement’ campaign.

Frenchgate cheque presentation
Pictured: Michelle and Karen (Frenchgate), Ruth and Elizabeth (DCDT)

We’re very grateful to all the management and staff at Frenchgate for their ongoing support.

Tesco Bentley and Rotary Club

Tesco Bentley

Tesco Store at Bentley raised a magnificent £1,810 through sales of books. Our very grateful thanks to Tesco and Sue who organises it all. What a star!

Tesco cheque presentation

Sue presented the cheque to DCDT at the Rotary Club’s annual Burns Night

Burns Night

£485 was raised by Doncaster St Leger Rotary Club at their annual Burns Night.

Thank you so much to everyone involved, especially our volunteer Barry.

Fundraising updates

Recent donations update…

Kirk Sandall Art Group

Thanks to everyone at the Kirk Sandall Art Group who kindly donated £51 recently.

Tickhill and District Lions

Tickhill & District Lions donated £150 and we would like to thank them for their continuing support.

J M Wood

Mrs J M Wood donated £225 for which we are very grateful.

Thorne Methodist Church

The Methodist Church in Thorne sent us £87, thank you to everyone who donated.

Funeral donation

We have also received £757 from a funeral donation in lieu of flowers.

Father and son conquer the UK’s biggest peaks

Last year a father and son from Doncaster completed their mission to climb the three biggest peaks in the UK, raising money for Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust.

Cory and Chris Ben Nevis Climb
Pictured: Cory and Chris at the trig point on the summit of Ben Nevis

Cory, age 11 and his father Chris, celebrated in the snow as they reached the top of Ben Nevis in the final climb of the three, achieving their goal of conquering the UK’s three biggest peaks within one year – Snowdon, Scafell Pike and finally, Ben Nevis.

Chris said:

I’m very proud of Cory. The Ben Nevis climb was hard work, our toughest to date. The weather conditions on the day were very challenging with thick fog and snow as we got closer to the top. Cory never complained though. We were both really excited to reach the summit and complete our challenge.

The pair received brilliant support from their friends, family and Cory’s school, raising just over £1,000.

Well done Cory and Chris and thanks for your support!

Simply Voices Choir

Thank you to everyone from Simply Voices, for their recent donation of a fantastic £1,509!

The Simply Voices choir have done various concerts and raffles fundraising on behalf of DCDT and joined us in the Frenchgate Centre during the Memory Tree.

Thank you everyone for your support!

Co-op Charity Christmas Concert

A big thank you to the Co-op and Doncaster Wheatsheaf Singers for their recent cheque for £1,300 from the Christmas Concert in December.

Christmas Concert cheque presentation
Pictured L to R: Diane Morley (Treasurer DWS), Clive Howarth, Cannon David Stevens (Doncaster Minster), Yvonne Woodcock (DCDT), Jeannette Pether (Co-op Funeralcare), Elizabeth Taylor (DCDT), Lyn Hunter (Co-op Food), Sandra Dean (Co-op Member Pioneer) and Dorothy Miller (DWS and Co-op Member Pioneer)

Thank you to all involved for your continued help and support.

Memory Tree total

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to our Memory Tree - we made a fantastic £5,364.

Memory Tree at Frenchgate

Special thanks to the management at Frenchgate who helped make this possible, and our lovely volunteers who manned the stall each day.

Sprotbrough Methodist Church

Thank you so much to everyone at Sprotbrough Methodist Church on Park Drive who recently donated £150 towards our current appeal.

Wards Workshop

We would like to say a special thank you to Wards Workshop who recently donated some lovely wooden tree ornaments for our Memory Tree stall.

The first ones sold out within days and we had to send for replacements! Thank you Mark for your very welcome and kind support.

Fundraising updates

Recent donations update…

Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer added another £295.69 to their “Neighbourly” charity fundraising for us. Special thanks to Julie and Karen as well as to all the staff at M&S Doncaster.

Christmas stall and coffee morning

Sandra and Jean at Barnby Dun had a Christmas stall at Mount Pleasant in December and raised a brilliant £600 for us. Also, their coffee morning at The Grove in Barnby Dun raised £200.

Thank you so very much ladies for all your hard work.

Peacehaven Coffee Club

The Peacehaven Coffee Club in Barnby Dun recently donated £400 for which we are very grateful. Thank you very much to everyone involved.

Donny Dotties

We would also like to thank “Donny Dotties” who are a group of ladies who enjoy theatre visits and raise money for charity through bingo and raffles whilst on their travels. They recently donated £65.

Ros Jones opens the Memory Tree

We are delighted that we could be joined by Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones to mark the opening of this years Memory Tree.

Memory Tree launch
Pictured: Ros Jones with Abby Jackson (Frenchgate), Yvonne and Elizabeth (DCDT)

The tree is located on outside Boots on the ground floor.

Our fantastic volunteers will be manning the tree Monday – Saturday, 10am–3pm through to the 20 December.

Do come and pay us a visit and pick-up your Memory Tokens. We look forward to seeing you.

Fundraising updates

Recent donations update…

Parklands Ballroom Dancers

We recently received £1,200 from the lovely ballroom dancers at Parklands on Wheatley Hall Road. Thank you so much to Malinda and everyone involved who have supported us for many years.

Asda Carcroft

Asda at Carcroft have donated £500 and we would like to thank Lisa and the management for all the help they have given us.

Hatfield Coffee Mornings

There are five friends in Hatfield who hold coffee mornings for charity and recently donated a brilliant £500 from one coffee morning! Thank you so much ladies for all your hard work on our behalf.

St Michael’s Coffee Club

St Michael’s Coffee Club in Skellow have donated £150 and we are very grateful for their continuing support. Thank you very much to everyone involved.

Doncaster Bridge Club

One of our trustees Yvonne, recently received a cheque for £300 from Doncaster Bridge Club.

Doncaster Bridge Club
Pictured: Yvonne (DCDT) and members of Doncaster Bridge Club

Thank you to everyone at Doncaster Bridge Club for your support.

Darren’s coffee morning

A huge thank you to Darren who despite the rain was well prepared for his coffee morning on the 29 September. He recently donated a fantastic £550!

Dunscroft coffee morning
Pictured: Darren and Hatfield Mayor Terry Gibbs

Thank you to everyone who went along. We hope you had a great time! And thank you Darren for your support.

Optima International Charity Open Day

We’re thrilled to announce that Optima International’s Charity Open Day this summer raised an amazing £5,515!

Optima International cheque presentation
Pictured: Carol and the staff from Optima International

A huge thank you to Carol and all the brilliant staff at Optima who worked so hard to make it a wonderful day for all – including all the bakers for the coffee shop!

Thank you everyone for all your support!

50th Wedding Anniversary

Very many congratulations to Jean and David Torrington who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Jean is a long standing volunteer with DCDT and they decided to request donations in lieu of presents which raised £330.

It was a wonderful day with a Church blessing and evening ‘do’. Thank you both again and hope you have a lovely holiday.

80th birthday donations

Congratulations to Tony who recently celebrated his 80th birthday and requested donations in lieu of presents.

These totalled £220, so thank you very much Tony and it was good to know you all enjoyed the day!

LNER Bake Sale

Sarah and Ann at LNER organised a bake sale recently at Doncaster Railway Station and raised a brilliant £443!

Thank you both and also everyone else who helped bake goodies. We truly appreciate your support.

Donations update

Hatfield Ladies Luncheon Club and The Barn

Thank you to two of our regular supporters, Hatfield Ladies Luncheon Club and The Barn at Hatfield. They recently donated £34 and £44 respectively.

Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer in Baxtergate recently donated £171.28 through their Neighbourly fundraising page. Thank you to Karen and Julie and all the staff.

Recent donations

Doncaster Ladies Luncheon Club

Doncaster Ladies Luncheon Club donated £132.02 after Yvonne (one of our Trustees) recently gave a talk. Thank you very much ladies!

Barbara Taylor

Barbara Taylor had a very special birthday in August and donated half of the proceeds (£260) to us. Thank you so much Barbara and we are really pleased you had a wonderful day.

Midsummer Walk 2019 total

After lots of collecting and counting we’re thrilled to announce that the total raised from this year’s Midsummer Walk is a fantastic £8,036.01!

Midsummer Walk cheque presentation
Pictured: Yvonne, Elizabeth and Ruth (DCDT) with Chris and Christine (Thorne Rural Lions)

A big thank you to all involved with the hard work that goes into making this event a success… Chris, Christine, Pat and all the team at Thorne Rural Lions, all our volunteers at DCDT, Ben Parkinson who started this years walk, all our amazing ‘Walkers’ and their generous sponsors!

Danum Home Hardware

Danum Home Hardware presented us with a cheque for £100 from the proceeds of their Charity Tool-bag Raffle held in store.

Danum Home Hardware

A big thank you to our friends at Danum Home Hardware and everyone who took part in the Tool-bag Raffle.

Charity football match

A generous donation was received from a charity football match organised by Darren Greaves and Nigel Perks which raised £600. This took place on one of the small pitches at the Keepmoat Stadium. The players paid £10 each to take part and a raffle was also held.

Charity football match
Pictured: Yvonne (DCDT) with Darren and Nigel

Thank you so much Darren, Nigel and the teams and also to all who bought raffle tickets. Hope it was a good match with plenty of goals!

Fundraising updates

Updated on some of our recent donations…

Anonymous donation

We recently received an anonymous donation of £10,000 towards the biopsy machine. We would like to thank the donor(s) most sincerely for their extremely generous cheque which will go a long way to achieving our goal.

Intake and Wheatley Pub Watch

Thank you so much for your very welcome donation of £700. We are grateful for your ongoing support and would like to thank everyone involved.

Auckley Show

A big thank you to everyone who came along to Auckley Show and visited our stall there.

Auckley Show 2019
Pictured: Jenny and Elizabeth at Auckley Show

We raised £324, thank you to everyone who supported us on the day and our great volunteers for their hard work on the stall.

Fundraising in Frenchgate

Thank you to Ben Parkinson for helping us at our fundraising stall in Frenchgate recently as part of their ‘Happiness Movement’ campaign.

Ben Parkinson Frenchgate
Pictured: Ben and Paula

With Ben’s help we managed to raise a fantastic £250 on the day.

Wheatley Golf Club

A big THANK YOU to Wheatley Golf Club for their donation of £3,500. We are so grateful to everyone involved at the Club who helped raise such a huge amount.

Wheatley Golf Club presentation
Pictured: Allen Kearsley (Captain) and Rosena Friar (Lady Captain) with Yvonne Woodcock (DCDT)

Fundraising updates

Recent donations…

St Mary’s Jigsaw Puzzle Library and Coffee Morning

St Mary’s Jigsaw Puzzle Library and Coffee Morning at Sprotbrough recently donated £50. Our grateful thanks to everyone involved.

NCS Fundraising

The NCS (National Citizens Service) students held a couple of local fundraising events for us at the end of July and raised £344.96, plus £122 through Facebook. Thank you so much to all the students and their sponsors for supporting our charity, especially in all the hot weather!

Stratstone BMW

Thank you so much to Janine and her colleagues at Stratstone BMW who raised a brilliant £194 from their coffee morning on 10 July.

Hatfield Woodhouse Church coffee morning

A big thank you to the ladies of Hatfield Woodhouse Church who helped Yvonne Woodcock, Elizabeth Taylor, Dorothy and Barry Bailey put on a coffee morning on Saturday 3 August at Hatfield Woodhouse Church Hall for DCDT, the event raised £200.

Hatfield Woodhouse Church
Pictured: The ladies of Hatfield Woodhouse Church  

The Shoe Room

A big THANK YOU to Michelle and Richard at The Shoe Room and their customers on Priory Walk in Doncaster.

They raised a wonderful £1,135.

The Shoe Room Doncaster
Pictured: Michelle from The Shoe Room  

Bentley Gala

Our stall at Bentley Gala on 14 July raised £103. Thank you to everyone who bought our items or made a donation. We are very grateful to you all.

Our thanks also to Tony Sockett and his group - they all worked extremely hard to make the day a success.

South Yorkshire Police Male Voice Choir

Our grateful thanks to the South Yorkshire Police Male Voice Choir who presented us with a cheque for £241.24 from their recent concert.

Male Vouce Choir cheque presentation
Pictured: Volunteer Jenny Liddle at the cheque presentation event

Thank you to everyone involved for a lovely evening.

Fundraising updates

An update on some of our recent donations…

St Vincent Medical Centre

Thank you to the staff at St Vincent Medical Centre, Thorne Road Doncaster for their recent donation of £100 to our current Prostate Cancer Appeal.

St Vincent Medical Centre

Mount Pleasant Hotel Summer Fayre

A big thank you to Sandra and Jean who raised £250 for DCDT with their stall at the Mount Pleasant Hotel’s Spring Fayre.

Mount Pleasant Hotel Summer Fayre

Buckleys Coach Holidays

Excellent work from all the team at Buckleys Coach Holidays who recently donated £400 to our Prostate Cancer Appeal.

Buckleys Coach Holidays

Asda Carcroft

Jenny Liddle and Judy Bowers, DCDT volunteers, had a fundraising stall at Asda’s Carcroft store on 1 June and raised £114.

Asda Carcroft fundraising stall
Pictured: Jenny Liddle and Judy Bowers

Our grateful thanks to Asda for their support and also to our lovely volunteers!

Midsummer Walk 2019

Almost 200 walkers took part in the Midsummer Walk on Sunday 19 May which was organised in partnership with Lions International.

Midsummer Walk 2019

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Thorne Rural Lions in particular who worked extremely hard in organising this event - we couldn’t have done it without them. Also our very grateful thanks to Victoria and Reuben at Vizuality for the posters, etc. But most of all our thanks to all the wonderful walkers who turned up on the day (and their sponsors) which gave a terrific boost to our current Prostate Cancer appeal.

Start of the Midsummer Walk 2019
Pictured: Dame Rosie Winterton, MP, (third from left), Civic Mayor Linda Curran, Yvonne Woodcock, DCDT Trustee, Ben Parkinson who started the Walk and on far right Mr Ramanan Rajasundaram, Consultant in Urology Department, DRI
Midsummer Walk 2019
Pictured: Walkers with Pat Hammond (centre), of Thorne Rural Lions who helped organise the event

Thank you to Steve Connor for taking the photos.

Once all the sponsor money is handed in we will let you know the final amount.

Bentley Methodist Church

Volunteers at Bentley Methodist Church serving refreshments at the Tour de Yorkshire event on 2 May. Refreshments were provided by Doncaster Council, milk by Tesco and proceeds donated to Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust.

Volunteers at Bentley Methodist Church
Pictured: The ladies from Bentley Methodist church Jean, Kathleen and Jean.

£100 was raised and we would like to thank everyone concerned. It was just a shame the sun didn’t shine on the day!

Dress down day

Doncaster Job Centre held a ‘dress down’ day on the 18 April and raised £375 for our prostate appeal.

Thank you Jenny and all your colleagues, plus our thanks to the person who knitted the lovely Easter chicks! We are very grateful for your support.

Coin Week

Our annual Coin Week at the Frenchgate Centre raised £1,102!
£674 of that raised by Paul Stainton, Mike Hogg and Paul’s grandson James Canham aged 10.

Coin Week at the Frenchgate
Pictured: Paul Stainton and Mike Hogg with Barry Bailey from DCDT.

They cycled a total of 295 miles over three days which makes us tired just thinking about it!

Our very grateful thanks to them for their support, to the Frenchgate Centre and to the many people who gave donations.


Paul Stainton has since donated a further £40, bringing the total raised by our amazing cyclists to £714, and the total amount from our Coin Week to £1,142!

Yvonne receives Freedom of the Borough

Yvonne - Freedom of the Borough

A special day today as our trustee Yvonne Woodcock received the honorary title of Freedom of the Borough in a special ceremony at the Mansion House.

Yvonne - Freedom of the Borough

A very deserving accolade in recognition of Yvonne’s dedicated public service, charity work and fundraising. Congratulations Yvonne from all the team at DCDT!

Work begins on £4.9 million scanning facility at Doncaster Royal Infirmary

Last Friday members of DCDT and our patron, Rosie Winterton MP, joined Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) to mark the groundbreaking ceremony for what will become the new CT scanner suite at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Groundbreaking ceremony at DRI

A project to build a new Computed Tomography (CT) scanner suite at Doncaster Royal Infirmary (DRI) has begun today (15 February), as representatives from Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH), Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust (DCDT) and Dame Rosie Winterton MP officiated at the ceremonial groundbreaking event.

Read the full story here

Doncaster St Leger Rotary Club Burns Night

Doncaster St Leger Rotary Club held their annual Burns Night celebration on Saturday 26 January 2019 at Doncaster Golf Club. A very enjoyable evening and the sum of £740 was raised which will be donated to DCDT.

Doncaster St Leger Rotary Club Burns Night
Pictured: Rotary President David Chambers and Rotarian Barry Bailey from DCDT.

Thank you to the St Leger Rotary Club and all concerned for their support.

Snowdonia Marathon

Many belated congratulations to Andrew Moore and his son who ran the Snowdonia Marathon on 27 October and raised a magnificent £764.29. It was their first marathon and they choose the hardest one to do which was pretty gruelling, but they finished and we are in awe of their determination and stamina!

We cannot thank them enough for their tremendous effort and to everyone who generously sponsored them.

Co-op Charity Concert

The Doncaster Wheatsheaf Singers and Co-op Member Pioneers presented a cheque for £1,600 to DCDT, proceeds from the Charity Christmas Concert in December.

Co-op Cheque presentation
Pictured: Jeannie Pether, Melanie Miller, Dorothy Miller (Co-op), Yvonne Woodcock (DCDT), Sandra Demas and Diane Morley (Co-op). Back row: Paul Goodman (Co-op Area Manager), Canon David Stevens and Ruth Bacon (DCDT).

Fantastic work from everyone involved including the Co-op, Doncaster Wheatsheaf Singers and Hatfield Band – we are so grateful for all your wonderful support.

Thank you to everyone who came along to show their support despite the cold, wet and windy weather.