Marie Curie Cancer Care fundraising group launched for The Stokes

Launch of the Five Stokes Marie Curie fundraising group.

A new volunteer group has launched to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care. The group has been aptly named ‘Five Stokes’ as it covers Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke, Stoke Gifford, Harry Stoke and Stoke Lodge.

The Five Stokes Fundraising Group was formally launched at the Willow Brook Centre on Saturday 22nd November 2014, when it also held one of its first collections. Thanks to the generosity of the general public, the group managed to raise a fantastic £244, which will help terminally ill people in the Five Stokes area to be cared for at home by a Marie Curie Nurse.

After the collection, the group were delighted that Ben Faulks, who was appearing in Dick Whittington at The Bristol Hippodrome, took time out of rehearsals to meet them and support their official launch.

Five Stokes Fundraising Group member Sara Matthews said:

“I joined the local group because I wanted to give my support to the charity. Finding out someone you know and love has cancer must be one of the most devastating times of your life. Marie Curie nurses offer an amazing service to people at a time when they need it most.”

The Five Stokes Fundraising Group will raise vital funds so Marie Curie Nurses can continue to provide free care to people with terminal illnesses, through supporting Marie Curie’s major fundraising campaigns such as the Great Daffodil Appeal and Blooming Great Tea Party, as well as promoting fundraising within the local community and encouraging new supporters to help the charity.

Natalie Garland, community fundraiser at Marie Curie Cancer Care, said:

“The new fundraising group in The Five Stokes will make a huge difference locally by helping to raise the vital funds needed to support Marie Curie Nurses, who provide free care to people with terminal illnesses in their own homes.”

To join the local fundraising group for Marie Curie Cancer Care, or to find out more about the group and other ways to support the charity, please call Natalie Garland on 0117 924 7275 or email:

Photo (l-r): Sara Matthews, Marg Wood, Julie Kemp, Ben Faulks, Pippa Role and Rebecca, Pippa’s daughter.

This article originally appeared in the January 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,450 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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