Shaldon Branch – Cancer Research

The Shaldon branch of Cancer Research UK was started in 2000 and has been extremely active raising well on the way to £200,000 almost entirely within Shaldon.



We have a large committee of dedicated volunteers who hold coffee mornings as well as house-to-house collections in April, an Open Gardens event in June, and a Strawberry Tea in July. Various other events throughout the year contribute to an annual total in the region of £10,000  The development of new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer has enabled survival rates to double in the last forty years.

2020 was different in so many ways. Most of our events were cancelled but the Martin Gallery, our converted phone kiosk in Palk Close, continued to sell paperbacks throughout. Nia and Mary’s inspirational idea and ongoing dedication to sharing the written word raised another £1,600 this year.
Our regular Open Gardens had to stay closed but the event moved on-line to become Hidden Gardens and raised £1,787. With Dawn’s pop-up shop, the sale of Cancer Research Christmas cards and a number of generous donations during the year our total of £6,000 was a surprising outcome for a very disturbed year. Thank you very much indeed.

2021 began with vaccinations spreading throughout our community bringing hope that at least some of our regular programme of events will go ahead. Realistically the first will probably be Open Gardens on 12th/13th June  – a lovely way to celebrate the opening up of our lives again. Further details available in the Parish Newsletter when it returns to publication.

Meanwhile stay safe and look forward to brighter times.


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