Purbeck charity puts itself in the shop window

THE Allison Campbell Trust (ACT) has raised its profile and funds with two recent events.

The charity, which works in Purbeck to help people who are terminally ill, held a meet and greet session at the Co-Op in Wareham with the help of the store’s member pioneer, Samantha James.

ACT is one of three local charities the Co-Op is supporting this year – it gives 2p for every £1 spent by customers who have selected ACT as their charity when certain Co-op products and services are purchased.

Co-op members have so far raised more than £600 for the charity via this membership scheme.
Sam has also been busy promoting ACT via social media.

Later the same day a family race night was held at the Allstars Sports Bar at Purbeck Sports Centre.
When all the donations have been added up, plus a generous, anonymous top-up, it looks likely to have raised £1,000.

Organisers would like to thank M J Whites, which sponsored the event, race sponsors Thomas Rawson estate agents, Purbeck Self Storage, The Muddlecombe Men, Datec Communications, T J H Window Cleaning and Camelot Marquees.

It is hoped this event will be staged annually as a fun way to raise money for ACT.

The race night was the last of several events hosted over the last 12 months by Malcolm Russell, the outgoing 2023 Wareham Mayor, who selected ACT as the charity he would support during his term in office.

The charity is now able to fund six syringe drivers to Purbeck District Nurses.

Syringe pumps are often used in the last few weeks and days of a person’s life, but they can be useful for managing symptoms at any stage of illness.

For example, an individual might have antiemetics – anti-sickness medicines – in a syringe pump to manage nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy.

It is hoped to be able to fund more syringe drivers in future, as well as continuing provision of personal care items.

The charity’s next fundraising event is Wareham Knobathon Championships at The Kings Arms, Wareham, on Sunday, July 30.

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