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Cancer charity launches Wish List to close £100,000 appeal

Wessex Cancer Trust has launched the final fundraiser of its £100,000 appeal to create a new cancer centre for the Isle of Wight.
Via the Wessex Wish List, the charity hopes to be able to raise the final £15,000 to kit out the new Newport support centre by the end of March.
Islanders can donate money for a specific item needed, from soft furnishings to therapy beds and everything in between.
The charity has managed to raise the £85,000 needed for the building work in just nine months.
The work will enable the charity to continue providing free services, such as professional counselling and complementary therapies, for Islanders affected by cancer for many years to come. It will also provide a new area for groups to meet, more flexible space for new classes and activities and the creation of three new treatment rooms.
The charity has appealed for individuals, businesses, schools and other Island organisations to host their own events to help fund an item from the wish list.
Those who manage to donate £500 or more will be entitled to a named brick on a wall in the new centre, highlighting their contribution to the appeal.
It is hoped work to create the new centre, in Lugley Street, will begin in May.


Laura Main – John spoke to the Call the Midwife star about her life on stage and screen

Having watched every episode of Call The Midwife, at the top of my interview hitlist was Laura Main, who, initially, played Sister Bernadette before marrying the doctor and becoming Shelagh Turner. I was very excited when my opportunity arose but it wasn’t on set at Nonnatus House, so I didn’t need a bike to get there. It was in her dressing room at the Mayflower, Southampton, where she was playing Princess Fiona in this year’s run of Shrek The Musical.

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