The fundraising appeal to help fund a new blood cancer treatment at Northampton General Hospital is over halfway to its target.
The appeal, which was started by the Chronicle & Echo and Macmillan Cancer Support, is hoping to raise £1.55 million for the unit, which is scheduled in February.
Northamptonshire residents took part in charity events throughout 2011.
Cairwoman of the branch of Northampton fundraisers for Macmillan Cancer Support, Di Saunderson, said: “The appeal received a fabulous response last year and, despite the current economic climate, people were so generous.
“Now at the start of a new year it’s really about that final push to raise the extra funds. It’s within our sights and we are nearly there.”
Sell out events for the cause last year included Strictly Northampton, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and a wide range of fashion shows, sports events, sales, gigs, and more.
Mrs Saunderson said: “It doesn’t matter what people do or how much they raise because every little helps. “Residents have shown so much commitment to the appeal and have given their time to help. It’s been a brilliant year and we are hoping this year will be the same. It’s important that we keep at it. Northampton desperately needs this new unit. We are hoping that with the new year comes new spirit.”
If you would like to donate to this worthwhile cause, make cheques payable to “Macmillan Cancer Support” and send to Macmillan Cancer Support, Fernhill Court, Balsall Street, Balsall Common, Coventry CV7 7FR. Please specify that the money is for the Northampton General Hospital fund.