A recent jumble sale held by Selsey Cancer Relief Fund has raised £230.
Members have been looking to the future, welcoming new members to join the charity at £2 per year or donate goods for sale, as well as reflecting on the history of the charity.
Penny Hesp, chairperson, said: “Selsey Cancer Relief Fund was originally named Selsey League of Friends to the Leonard Spencer Fund for Cancer Relief. Founder member Patricia Hammond lost a friend, 20 year old Royal Marine Leonard Spencer, who had died from cancer.
“At that time there was little money to spare in the NHS for all the equipment needed for relief so she decided to gather a few friends around and form this charity raising funds to support the local hospitals.
“Within a month a committee was formed and suggestions for fundraising began, one of the first being a table top sale in the Mill Lane Market.
“We have donated on request to local hospitals and Selsey Medical Centre over £150,000 and still more is needed to fund future requests. Since 1980, over £160,000 has been raised to supply The Selsey Medical Centre, local hospitals, Consultants, doctors and patients in the care and treatment of cancer. Our latest donation being £10,000 to The Fernhurst Cancer Unit at St Richards Hospital to refurbish and equip two treatment rooms for the benefit to the Patients Nurses and Doctors.
“Without a hardworking team back in the 1980s and until now, none of this would be possible, so all credit and a big ‘thank you’ to past and present trustees, committee members and helpers.”
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