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The latest news and updates from Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust

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.

2018 Memory Tree

Thank you to everyone who came to see us and donated to the Memory Tree this year, we raised £5,640!

A big thank you to everyone who donated, all our wonderful volunteers who helped look after the tree and the team at the Frenchgate Centre, without whose help this would not have been possible.

Wishing all our friends, volunteers, supporters and fundraisers a Happy New Year.

December donations

Steve Burdett

Steve Burdett recently celebrated his 50th birthday and donated £350 in lieu of presents. Thank you very much Steve, our congratulations and hope you had a lot of fun!

Anonymous donation

On 17th December we received an anonymous donation of £2,000. Thank you so much to whoever generously gave this amount to our scanner appeal.

Ros Jones Great North Run Half Marathon

Many congratulations to our Doncaster Mayor, Ros Jones, who took part in the Great North Run half marathon on 9 September 2018 and raised £740 for us.

Well done! Thank you very much Ros and to all who sponsored her.

Ros Jones launches the Memory Tree

This week we welcomed Mayor Ros Jones CBE to launch the 2018 Memory Tree in the Frenchgate Centre.

The Memory Tree is one of our most popular events, and your generous donations and support will go towards purchasing a second and much needed CT Scanner for Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Memory Tree 2018
Pictured: Bob Fitzharris (DCDT Chairman), Ros Jones, Karen Staniforth (Frenchgate) and Elizabeth Taylor, Ruth Bacon and Jean Torrington (DCDT).

The Memory Tree is again located outside Boots and will be manned by our volunteers Monday–Saturday, 10am – 3pm until the 21 December. Please stop by and say hello during the run-up to Christmas.

Recent donations

Cheese and wine afternoon

Elizabeth Taylor, our longest serving volunteer, held another of her cheese and wine afternoons on 7 November and raised £67.45. Very many thanks Elizabeth!

Unite the Union

On 9 November Unite the Union presented our patron, Dame Rosie Winterton, DBE with a cheque for £5,000 towards our current CT scanner appeal. We are very grateful to Unite for their continuing support.

Mr Stan Parkinson

Mr Stan Parkinson recently celebrated his 80th birthday and requested donations to DCDT in place of gifts. Congratulations Stan and thank you very much for the £300 you donated.

Funeral donations

We have also received donations in lieu of flowers at funerals and would like to thank those who thought about our charity at such a sad time.

Midsummer Walk cheque presentation

Thorne Rural Lions presented a cheque for £4,009 on 1 November 2018. This was from the Midsummer Walk, which they organised and brings the final total to £4,394 as we received £385 from Eaton Electrical in June.

Midsummer Walk cheque presentation
Pictured: Christine Whiteley (President of Thorne Rural Lions), Yvonne Woodcock (DCDT), Penny Doble (Warmsworth Lions) and Elizabeth Taylor (DCDT).

Once again we would like to thank the Lions for all their hard work and continuing support, Eaton Electrical and everyone that took part in this year’s Midsummer Walk.

Recent donations

Unite the Union

Our grateful thanks to Unite the Union who donated £1,000 on 2 October in memory of Jeannette Fish.

Tranquillity Salon

Beverley Carmody at Tranquillity Salon in Bentley kindly had one of our collection boxes in her salon and raised £52.02. Our thanks to Beverley and her customers for their donations.

Mrs Millward and Miss Hanford

Mrs Millward and Miss Hanford both at Edlington each filled one of our collection boxes at their respective homes which totalled over £100. Thank you very much ladies!

Optima International

Optima International Limited based on Askern Road in Bentley held a Family Fun Open Day during the summer and we recently received a cheque for £4,700.
A huge thank you to everyone involved at Optima and Carol Spiller, one of our trustees.

Tesco Bentley

A big thank you to the team from the Tesco store in Bentley, who recently presented a cheque for £1,315 from the proceeds of book sales.

Tesco cheque presentation
Pictured: Julie and Sue from Tesco with Barry Bailey (DCDT)

We’d like to thank Sue and the team for their continued support, over the past couple of years they have raised over £4,000 for DCDT by selling books!

Recent donations

Sheila Hughes

Our thanks to Sheila Hughes, who is one of our volunteers. She had a big birthday recently and suggested donations to DCDT instead of presents which raised £175. We wish her well after her recent illness and hope to see her back with us soon.

Auckley Show

Thank you to Yvonne and Jenny (also volunteers) who had a stall at Auckley Show and raised £130. Our thanks to everyone who stopped by, bought a scarf, gave a donation or played the lemon game!

Hatfield Ladies Luncheon Club and the Barn Users

We are very grateful for the ongoing support from Hatfield Ladies Luncheon Club and also the Barn Users at Hatfield Church. We really appreciate your donations.

Thank you all for your hard work and support.

NCS Doncaster raises over £4,000 for DCDT

NCS Doncaster have raised an incredible £4,426.11 for DCDT over the summer through carnival style games, face painting and a tombola based at the Frenchgate Centre.

Three different groups from different waves set up in Frenchgate and dedicated 30 hours each of voluntary community work to raise as much as they could for the close to home charity.

The money will be put towards a new CT scanner, which will prove to be vital in the journey to beating cancer.

NCS cheque presentation

Yvonne Woodcock, former Civic Mayor and current DCDT trustee commented:

I can not believe how fantastic these young people have been, and how utterly devoted they have been this week to making a difference.

There is often a misconception about young people of today and this group have made such a fantastic reputation for themselves in the community, for their passion and how willing they were to help. They are a credit to Club Doncaster, NCS and their families.

DCDT is so grateful to groups like this, who help raise vital funds. We really wouldn’t be able to do the great work that we do without it.

Prizes in the tombola won by the public included a signed Doncaster Rovers football, donated kindly by Club Doncaster Foundation, food vouchers and lots of designer goodies, all up for grabs for just £1.

Jan Budtz, programme manager at Club Doncaster Foundation, said:

The young people taking part in NCS this summer have all shown a real appetite in making a difference to their local community and the fantastic work in Frenchgate, and money raised for DCDT, shows how big an impact it’s had.

Our aim is to provide further volunteering opportunities for the 600 young people who have just completed the NCS programme, enabling them to stay in touch with their local communities.

The NCS programme culminates with a big celebration event at The Dome on September 19 for all young people and staff involved. This particular project will be highlighted along with the other 45 projects carried out in Doncaster over the past couple of months.


A huge thank you to all the NCS volunteers for their hard work fundraising on behalf of DCDT. Not forgetting the NCS team at Club Doncaster Foundation and the Frenchgate Centre for their continued help and support. Thank you all!

Marks & Spencer Doncaster

Over the last financial year staff and colleagues at M&S Doncaster have raised a magnificent £2,722.30, plus £1,000 from carrier bags charge.

Our thanks go to everyone at M&S who’s worked so hard on our behalf.

August donations update

Peacehaven Coffee Club

Peacehaven Coffee Club at Barnby Dun collected £400.

Ruby Wedding Anniversary

Congratulations to Sharon Shores and her husband. They asked family and friends to donate money instead of gifts for their 40th wedding anniversary and raised £360.50.

Hatfield Ladies Luncheon Club

Thank you to all at Hatfield Ladies Luncheon Club who donate money to us every week and we would like to pay tribute to their continuing support.

Funeral donations

We also receive various donations from funeral collections which are generally given in lieu of flowers. We would like to thank everyone who thinks of DCDT at such a difficult time.

Thank you to everyone involved for your hard work and support.

NCS volunteers do an amazing job at Frenchgate

NCS volunteers Frenchgate

National Citizens Service volunteers are doing an excellent job fundraising for us in conjunction with the Frenchgate Centre and Doncaster Rovers / Club Doncaster Foundation.

NCS volunteers Frenchgate

National Citizens Service (NCS), is a government scheme where students volunteer for a 3-week programme to help build skills for work and life whilst taking on new challenges and meeting new friends. Their first week is basically a fitness programme/team building, the second week is at a college studying various subjects and the third week is social action where they help with various charities, which is where we come in!

NCS volunteers Frenchgate
NCS volunteers Frenchgate

The Frenchgate Centre have taken them under their wing to fundraise for our scanner appeal. In their first week they raised a magnificent £1,304.
Activities through the week included face painting, guess the name of the teddy and a bake sale.

Congratulations to all of them and our thanks too to Karen and her hard working team at the Frenchgate Centre.

They will be back week beginning 13 August so look out for them in Frenchgate Centre.

More donations, thank you…

Coffee and wine afternoon

Elizabeth Taylor, our longest serving volunteer, recently held a coffee and wine afternoon which raised £107.

The last person left late evening - we're not sure whether it was the coffee, food or wine which was the attraction!, Well done Elizabeth.

DRI Maternity Department

Raised £83.50 with one of our collection boxes at reception. Thank you for helping us.

Summer Fayre

St Paul’s Catholic Church in Cantley raised £170 towards our scanner appeal at their summer fayre.

Thank you very much to everyone involved.

Christ Church Dancers

Christ Church Dancers recently donated £1,200. Thank you so much to everyone who helped raise all this money.

We are very grateful for your support.

Christ Church Dancers
Christ Church Dancers group presenting a cheque to Bob Fitzharris (DCDT)

Hatfield Woodhouse Church Coffee Morning

Coffee morning

Thank you to everyone at Hatfield Woodhouse Church. Their coffee morning on the 14 July raised £165.

Well done all!

Coffee morning
Pictured are volunteers Dorothy Bailey, Jean Taylor, Brenda Atkinson and John Brown

Bentley Gala

DCDT had a stall Bentley Gala on 15 July and made £121 selling jewellery, mystery parcels, badges and pens.

It was a very hot day and we would like to thank Tony Sockett and colleagues for all their help.

Thank you also to everyone who supported our stall and bought items. We’re sure a good day out was had by all!

Latest donations

Golden Wedding Anniversary

We received an anonymous donation of £1,100 from a couple celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary who asked for donations in lieu of gifts. Thank you!

Eaton Electrical

We recently received a donation from Eaton Electrical for their $500, (£385).
A big thank you to the team at home (and abroad) for their fundraising and support.

Ben Nevis Moonlight Climb

At midnight on the 23 June, Tracey, her son and partner Dom took on the challenge of a gruelling climb of Ben Nevis - the highest mountain in Britain.

Ben Nevis Climb 1

Tracey commented:

It was hard going about three quarters from the top, but we made it on staggering legs. It was all worth it though being above the clouds and seeing the excellent views from above.

We climbed through the night, so experienced all sorts of weather. It was unbelievable how fast it changes. We got soaked once we hit the clouds and hit freezing temperatures and snow the higher we got.

Then high winds, fog and sunshine. We got to see the sunrise, but it was still cold. Seeing mother nature at her best, or worst depending on how you look at it.

Ben Nevis Climb 2 Ben Nevis Climb 3

Thankfully they have recovered, and the sponsored climb raised £512.50.

What a fantastic achievement, thank you to Tracey and all the family, friends and work colleagues that sponsored her midnight climb!

Thorne Lions Midsummer Walk

Thorne Lions Midsummer Walk Thorne Lions Midsummer Walk

A touching tribute to Jeannette from Thorne Lions at the Midsummer Walk on Sunday… ‘In Memory of Jeannette Fish’

Thank you to all who took part, all the sponsors and supporters and to all the team at Thorne Rural Lions for all their hard work organising such a great event.