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Charity makes huge leap towards breast equipment appeal target

Local medical charity Cobalt was thrilled to raise over £56,000 in one week towards providing equipment that will help detect breast cancer at an earlier stage. The new equipment will be the only type of its kind in Gloucestershire.

The charity took part in this year's Big Give, a national online campaign which meant donations during the week could be doubled. £25,000 of match funding was made available to Cobalt by the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity.

Julia Jenkins, head of fundraising at Cobalt, said: "We were absolutely thrilled that The Big Give raised £56,147. This is a huge leap forward towards our fundraising target, which is now in our sights. We are very grateful to all our supporters and volunteers and have also been very touched by their many reasons for supporting this campaign and the incredible things they are doing to raise money. We would like to be able to be in a position to install the equipment in spring 2019."

Some fantastic local supporters, who have really helped Cobalt achieve this target are:

  • Dave Burley aged 72 who has run multiple marathons for Cobalt and recently raised over £3500
  • Philip Pinchin who climbed Cho Oyu  to raise money for Cobalt
  • Coln Choir which raised £11,500

The new equipment will be installed into the Thirlestaine Breast Centre in Cheltenham, which serves a population of 115,000 women of screening age in Gloucestershire. It will help to detect breast cancer at an earlier stage, as well as enable more accurate detection and make treatment more effective.

The charity still has a small way to go to achieving its target of providing the equipment. To find out more go to 

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