Halfway to Raising the Roof

MONEY just keeps rolling in for the Raise the Roof appeal which has smashed through the halfway mark.You have golfed, cooked casseroles, walked for miles and even had your heads shaved and a huge £66,000 has now flooded in to help build a cancer information and education centre at Ipswich Hospital.

MONEY just keeps rolling in for the Raise the Roof appeal which has smashed through the halfway mark.

You have golfed, cooked casseroles, walked for miles and even had your heads shaved and a huge £66,000 has now flooded in to help build a cancer information and education centre at Ipswich Hospital.

Earlier this month, a huge £10,000 was raised at a golf day organised by Mendlesham cancer sufferer Graham Lockwood.

Ninety-five golfers got together at Halesworth for the event and raised £9,900 so an additional donation of £100 was made to top it to £10,000.


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The Evening Star teamed up with Cancer Campaign in Suffolk (CCIS) in April to raise the final £100,000 to build the information centre.

CCIS has been raising the £300,000 needed since 1998 and had raised £200,000 themselves.

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Gina Cooper, from CCIS said: "It is brilliant, really gobsmacking.

"The appeal really seems to have taken off."

But now our readers help is needed more than ever to help us reach the final amount for this vital project.

Fundraising efforts have not stopped with casserole parties and golf days being held around the county.

A maize maze in the shape of the famous Sutton Hoo helmet was even grown and had 5,000 visitors during the school summer holidays, with the money from that going straight into the appeal pot.

The cancer education and information centre will be there for everyone in the community to use.

People with cancer can use it to find out everything they need to know about the condition in their own time.

It will also be useful for carers and families to find out what they and their loved ones will face in the future.

The internet, books and professionals will be on hand to help people find out exactly what they want to know.

There will also be private rooms for relatives to talk to consultants privately about what they can expect to happen, rather than having to talk in corridors.

The centre is also about prevention and will have information about what to do to avoid getting cancer or what to do if you suspect you have it.

n. Let us know about your fundraising events by calling the Star newsdesk on 01473 324790 or email StarNews@eveningstar.co.uk, or let Cancer Campaign in Suffolk know by calling 01728 723725.

n.Donations made out to Raise the Roof can be sent to Geraldine Thompson, editors secretary, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or to Cancer Campaign in Suffolk at PO Box 100 Badingham, Woodbridge, IP13 8NJ.

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