Charity on target

A PILL based cancer charity is celebrating this week after a fund-raising appeal topped £4.6million. Penny Brohn Cancer

A PILL based cancer charity is celebrating this week after a fund-raising appeal topped £4.6million.Penny Brohn Cancer Care, formerly Bristol Cancer Help Centre and UK leading complementary cancer care charity, this week closed its New Dawn Appeal which raised money for its move to its new centre in Pill.The appeal raised a staggering £4.6million - £100,000 over the charity's initial target.The charity has now been able to expand its services and purchase its new home, the former Ham Green Hospital, a beautiful Grade II listed building in 4.5acres of grounds in the village.The money was raised through the efforts of the appeal committee led by Karen Morgan OBE, who in recognition of her help has now been appointed as a vice chairman of the charity.The money raised came from grant making trusts, individual donations and a number of events such as the Yogathon.In addition the appeal was supported by the London Moonwalk and the Bristol Sunwalk, both run by Walk the Walk charitable trust.Extensive building work to renovate the house and undertake new building work at the hospital was completed by November 2006 and the new centre opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in July.The centre includes 17 therapy rooms and 26 en-suite bedrooms, a demonstration kitchen and conference room as well as a sanctuary which provides for the spiritual needs of those affected by cancer.The charity also runs education programmes for healthcare professionals and therapists to increase knowledge of the charity's approach to holistic cancer care.Penny Brohn Cancer Care chief executive Chris Head said: "The New Dawn Appeal has been extremely successful, which is fantastic for us."The move to our new centre in Pill means we can now help three times the number of people affected by cancer and meet the increasing demand for complementary therapies in cancer care.

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