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The latest news and updates from Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust

Life-changing piece of equipment for Doncaster Royal Infirmary’s Urology clinic

The BK3000 ultrasound machine is already benefitting patients under the care of Doncaster and Bassetlaw’s Urology team. Principally, the machine will allow the team in Urology to perform precision-point prostate biopsies in an outpatient setting under local anaesthetic, reducing the need for day-case surgery.

Biopsy machine hand-over
Pictured: Trustees from DCDT along with Consultant, John Leveckis and Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Executive David Purdue

The new procedure, using the BK3000, is much less invasive than this method. With the introduction of the new equipment, patients can attend a one-stop shop at the hospital, receive their MRI scan and undergo the biopsy procedure in one visit.

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Tickhill & District Lions Club

Thank you for several donations received over the past few months from Tickhill & District Lions Club.

They have supported our charity for many years and we are extremely grateful for their ongoing support.

£10,000 donation from Rose Hill Crematorium

Rose Hill Crematorium has donated £10,000 to the Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust as a result of a share of surplus funds from a national recycling scheme.

Rose Hill Crematorium cheque presentation
Pictured: Natalie Ball, Bereavement Services Co-ordinator at Rose Hill Crematorium and Yvonne Woodcock from DCDT

Doncaster Council, which runs Rose Hill Crematorium, is a member of the Metal Recycling Scheme run by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), which recycles metals which are left after a cremation.

Once written consent is given from each bereaved family, metals such as orthopaedic implants and materials used in the construction of the coffin are recycled by the ICCM, with proceeds donated to charity.

The funds were raised thanks to the kind donations from bereaved families and loved ones who gave permission for the metals to be recycled.

Natalie Ball, Bereavement Services Co-ordinator at Rose Hill Crematorium said:

We are pleased to present a cheque to Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust, to help their fundraising for equipment and facilities to help improve cancer diagnosis and treatment.

We would like to thank those bereaved families and loved ones who chose to make the decision to donate the recycled metals, and to think of others, at such a very difficult time in their own lives.

Natalie Ball and Julie Black from Doncaster Council presented the cheque to Yvonne Woodcock, a trustee of Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust.

The recycled metals scheme run by the ICCM since 2006 in partnership with a Dutch company called Orthometals, donates the surplus funds to charities and this reflects Bereavement Services’ ethos to make a difference to the communities they serve and to make the least impact on the environment.

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We’d like to say a huge thank you to Natalie, Julie and all the team at Rose Hill Crematorium for supporting DCDT with this generous donation.

URIS Group

Thank you so much to the URIS Group based at Lakeside for donating £1,250 in January.

We missed seeing volunteers from this Group at our Memory Tree (cancelled because of the pandemic), but we are very grateful for URIS’s ongoing support.

Special thanks also to Sarah Bargery for all her help in the past.

Memory Tokens

If anyone would like to collect Memory Tokens from our office in exchange for a donation, we will be available:

Wednesday 16 December
10am – 12pm

Monday 21 December
10am – 12pm

If you are collecting from our office we ask that you please wear a face covering and practice social distancing.

Alternatively, we are happy to arrange taking an online donation and posting our Memory Tokens. Please contact us at with your contact information and we can arrange this.

Fundraising updates

Charitable bequest

We have received a charitable bequest of £5,000 from a member of the public in their will. A very generous gift for which we are extremely grateful.

Professional Footballers Association

Also, we would like to thank the Professional Footballers Association for their kind donation of £150.

Update on the Memory Tree

The situation regarding COVID-19 has seen many events cancelled this year and it will come as no surprise that the Memory Tree will not be taking place this year in the Frenchgate Centre.

Can we still get Memory Tokens?

We’ve had people get in touch with us to ask if they can still get Memory Tokens / decorations directly.

We’re happy to arrange posting or COVID-safe collection of Memory Tokens in exchange for a donation. In the first instance, please contact us at with your contact information and we can arrange this for you.

Keeping safe

We look forward to returning to see you all next year and joining our colleagues at Frenchgate.

As much as we will missing seeing you all this year, the safety of friends and colleagues and adhering to the rules on social distancing and limiting unnecessary contact is paramount.

Stay safe everyone.

In memory of Terry Martin

The family requested donations to benefit DCDT in lieu of flowers and have recently sent us a £635 donation.

We are very grateful for people’s generosity and thinking about the charity at such a difficult time. Our thoughts are with the Martin Family.

Recent donations

We’ve been quiet recently with the current coronavirus pandemic but we are very grateful to everyone who has continued to make donations to our current appeal.
Since 1st April we have received £6,575!

Thank you to everyone who has continued to support us and a special mention to the organisations and individuals below:

Tickhill and District Lions

Tickhill and District Lions donated a total of £1,050.
We are very grateful for their ongoing support.


UNITE Union donated £500 in memory of one of their members. Our thanks for their continuing support.

Roy Taylor

Mr Roy Taylor made a donation to our appeal as he had recovered from prostate cancer. That was really good news, thank you Roy and we wish you well.

Funeral donations

We received several donations in lieu of funeral flowers and would like to thank you all for thinking of our charity at such a sad time.

We hope you’re all staying safe and well, with best wishes from all the team at DCDT.

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.