Our Bury Free Press Beat It! appeal has topped its £55,000 target by at least £3,000.
On Tuesday the St Edmunds Wheel charity cycle club became our secret Santa with a generous £10,000 to push us over the £55,000 minimum we hoped to raise in a year.
The Wheel’s three wise men, trustees Ian Turner, Brian Hurrell and Steve Laycock, presented the cheque to our editor Barry Peters and the West Suffolk Hospital Charity’s Jan Bloomfield and Dave Gooderham, with urology nurse practitioners Jan Blofield, Kay Trabucchi and Sarah Radnor.
Steve said: “The Bury Free Press’s campaigns have always made sense to us and having the opportunity to exceed the target we thought would be a great way to end the year.”
The cheque pushed us to £58,000 with more still coming in but the hospital has welcomed the extra because it will fund further enhancements to the equipment.
Dave Gooderham, fundraising manager for the hospital, said: “The way in which the West Suffolk community has supported the Beat It appeal has been truly incredible.
“The astounding generosity shown by the public in raising even more than £55,000 allows us to further enhance the care and services we can offer to patients living with prostate cancer.”
Barry Peters said: “This was always going to be a huge sum to raise in a year, but the community took Beat It! to its heart. I want to thank everyone who donated.”
Each year, 40,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer, which kills about one an hour. But Beat It! has not only raised money, it has raised awareness.
Urology nurse practitioner Kay Trabucchi said: “I do the rapid access clinics and guys have come along recently who have been encouraged to do so by the campaign .”
You can still donate to Beat It! at our Just Giving page or by using your green token in Bury Waitrose’s Community Matters charities box.
See our look back at a year of fund raising on pages 12 and 13.