Elves and jumpers bring to an end a cracking year of charity fundraising for treatment centre

Tinsel-trimmed jumpers and Santa’s little helpers have taken the amount raised by patients and the team at Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre to more than £4,000.

Through cake bakes, races, raffles and dressing up the team and visitors to the centre have helped to raise money for charities in the county and beyond, and on Friday (14 December) their elf outfits and Christmas jumpers raised £180 for the Alzheimer’s Society and Save the Children.

Hospital director Steve Booker also told the team that the charity they had voted for to be Care UK’s charity of the year had been successful, and £10,000 would be going to Bowel Cancer UK.

He said: “The team have made enormous efforts all year to support charities. Whether running obstacle courses in the mud, or baking excellent cakes, they have gone above and beyond in order to support charities that help the young and old alike.

“They were also delighted to hear that Bowel Cancer UK has been selected as Care UK’s charity of the year. Every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer, which is almost 42,000 people every year. Bowel Cancer UK does wonderful work supporting people who have received a diagnosis, and they also support scientists researching the condition.”

Luke Squires, director of fundraising for Bowel Cancer UK, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been supported by the team at Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre and to have been chosen as Care UK Healthcare’s charity partner.

“Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, but because of the support of amazing organisations like Care UK Healthcare, we can continue to save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by bowel cancer.”