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22nd April 2015

The Cove appeal reaches £120,000! We are delighted that our appeal to build The Cove Macmillan Support Centre has now reached £120,000. Through the money already banked and pledges received, we are now well on the way to our next big milestone of £200,000.

The coffers are likely be to swelled in the coming months by some significant fundraising events, including the Cape to Cape classic car tour which begins this week.

Keep your eyes out for future updates which we will publish in the West Briton and on a new website coming soon!

Thanks so much for all of the support received so far, and please keep up the good work!

14th April 2015

We are delighted to announce that Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service have chosen to fundraise for The Cove over the next year. All community fire stations will be participating in various activities, and a special pin badge is being sold to raise funds.

Here’s Paul Walker, Cornwall CFRS Chief Fire Officer explaining why they are supporting The Cove:

“Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service are really keen to support this fantastic local project to build a Cancer Support and Information Centre. With 3300 people diagnosed with Cancer each year in Cornwall it is essential patients, their families and friends are not left feeling alone and isolated. Treatment facilities in Cornwall are good but there is no one place for people to receive support and information at a time of great need.

The total cost of the project is £2.8M with a challenging target to raise £1M locally through fundraising events and donations. Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service are committed to be a part of these fundraising efforts and have made unique pin badges (photo)which depict our partnership with Macmillan and The Cove project. These are available at Community Fire Stations across Cornwall for a minimum donation of £1 and it would be great to see communities across Cornwall embrace The Cove by wearing one of our pin badges. We are also planning a flag day collection on the 15th August at 31 locations across Cornwall which will be confirmed nearer the time.  The organisers of the annual Penzance Community Fire Station V RNLI Rugby match have kindly agreed to share the proceeds with The Cove project and this promises to be a great family day out. This is taking place on Sunday 25th May 2015 at The Mennaye Penzance with kick off being 2.30pm-this is free entry, however don’t hesitate to donate throughout the game and join in with our auction after the game in the club house. Please join us to build on the success of this event from previous years. We are planning a Charity Golf Bowmaker team event at Perranporth Golf Club in October with further details to follow with many of our staff and community fire stations planning events to support this worthwhile local project. Our Justgiving page has been set up and we welcome any support you can kindly give to enhance our fund raising efforts. Please help us to raise funds to provide the 22,000 people living with cancer in Cornwall with purpose built facilities to ensure dedicated, professional support and information is available as they face one of the toughest fights they will ever face. Working and fund raising together we can help make The Cove a reality and your Fire and Rescue Service will do everything we can to help this project get off the ground.”

Paul Walker

Chief Fire Officer


12th April 2015

Delighted to say that our friends at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro have been busy fundraising for The Cove over the past couple of months. Here’s a roundup of the latest success stories, and those of people who have given donations into the hospital for The Cove.

*Claire- Louise Auguste ( founder of DSB Group) DSB Beenies, DSB Chorus, RAOST and the Savvy raised a staggering £3100 from their Once Upon A Christmas Show.

*The final amount raised from the Christmas Jumper Day was £1,9919.15!

* Alice Howel assisted by Friends Volunteers, staff from the Headland Unit and Hematology Department raised the amazing amount of £1400 from their Christmas Fayre and Raffle

* John Grindle and Members of the Masonic Order generously donated £250

*Mike Dennis swam 64 lengths (1 mile) in 57 minutes and raised a staggering £2000

* Four Lanes Women’s Institute raised £300 from their coffee morning

*The Reverand Tom Prichard from Mount Hawke Methodist Church & the Rotary Club of St Agnes and St Piran held a Grand Charity Concert on Saturday 21st of March.The musical extravaganza raised an amazing £631.75


23rd March 2015

On Saturday 14th March a jumble sale was held at St. Issey village hall which raised on the day over £570, and finally a total with further dontations of £630, with proceeds going to The Cove Macmillan Support Centre and CAB Cornwall. Huge thanks to every one that gave their time and helped with the preparation, who donated items – clothes, bric-a-brac, cakes, tombola and raffle prizes, and everyone who helped on the day and to everyone who came to the sale. It was greatly appreciated.

CAB Cornwall have a project funded by Macmillan that provides welfare benefits advice to cancer patients, cancer survivors, carer or family member of the person affected by cancer. The project funds 2 part time staff, telephone advice is given or face to face appointments are available at our office in Truro or where possible, at one of our offices nearest to the patients home. There is also an outreach drop-in service at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. For more information contact Emma Lewis or Sally White on 01872 672090.

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15th March 2015

We were delighted to hear that the recent open garden event held in Constantine has raised £2,300 for The Cove!

Thank you so much to the the organisers and to everyone who attended.

3rd March 2015

We held a Cove information event at the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre in Truro last night, which was well attended by the general public, Macmillan fundraising committee members, businesses and RCHT staff.

Attendees were able to walk around a variety of information stands, look at plans for The Cove, talk to the cancer services team from RCHT and meet fundraisers.

We were then delighted to have presentations from Dr Bryson Pottinger, head of cancer services in Cornwall, lead cancer nurse Kathryn Radcliffe and from Louise Blenkinsop and Daniel Hadley who told their personal cancer stories.

Thank you to everyone who attended, and to everyone who helped put the event together.


2nd March 2015

Dan Hadley and his friends and family held a coffee morning, cake stall and a tombola for The Cove at Tremayne Hall in Mylor Bridge on Saturday 28th February.

Dan, who is organising a sponsored bike ride for The Cove from Bristol to Truro was there promoting his event, and informed me that the event was completely packed from 10am until midday.

The event raised an amazing £1700 for The Cove – wow! Thank you to everyone who supported this cake filled Cove fundraiser!

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16th February 2015

Want to see the latest artists impression of The Cove? Here you go then!



15th February 2015

Thank you to Keltique ladies choir who have donated another £325 to The Cove from fundraising and bucket collections at recent concerts. Keep up the good work ladies!

9th February 2015

Serco’s Out-of-hours GP service in Cornwall has presented a cheque for £500 to Macmillan Cancer Supports appeal to build The Cove. The chance to donate £500 to a charity of her choice was won by Serco employee Irene Woon.For very personal reasons, Irene chose to donate the £500 Serco cheque to Macmillan who are currently fundraising to build an information centre in Truro to cover Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Explaining her decision Irene said, “In January 1987 at the age of 52 my Mum was diagnosed with Cancer. We were told at the time that she may not leave hospital, but she was a fighter and she came home. Mum didn’t want to go into a hospice so we looked after her at home. We had 2 brilliant Macmillan nurses that looked after her, Jenny and Sue. They were dedicated to their job and were exceptionally kind and caring. It meant so much to Mum and the family that we had the same 2 nurses, to support and nurse Mum, as Mum got used to them and in a way became friends. The day Mum died, 7th July 1988 aged 53, they both cried. I would like to say a big thank you to Macmillan and am thrilled that the money can be directed to an information centre in the heart of Truro where it will be of vital support to patients and their families.”


6th February 2015

We are so pleased to have the continued support of the lovely ladies from the St Michaels Breast Care Group. After making a donation last year of £30,000 to The Cove, they have already begun more fundraising this year. They recently held their annual fundraising dinner at the Dynasty Chinese restaurant, and enjoyed a great selection of food as well as auctioning off 28 hampers of goodies! The money raised through this plus individual donations helped to raise £600 for The Cove on the night! Thank you alll so much.

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30th January 2015

Lisa Tripp, who is a Macmillan skin cancer nurse specialist at the Royal Cornwall Hospital is running the London Marathon in aid of The Cove. In her own words:

This will be the third time I have run this fantastic event. The last time I ran was back in 2008. I am hoping to achieve a reasonable time of 4.30 but I am a few years older (not much wiser) and a few pounds heavier!

Training has started slowly but I am confident I can reach my goal on April 26th.

I am hugely privileged to work as a skin cancer support nurse at RCHT (a job role that is macmillan sponsored). Every day I meet people facing their own battle with cancer and it’s my job to support them through their treatment pathway. Treatment for patients with cancer could be chemotherapy, immune therapy, radiotherapy or surgery but often it is more than one mode of treatment. Tough treatment for a tough disease.

We really need a cancer centre dedicated to specialist support and advice which is why The Cove is being built. This will create an environment where patients, families and their carers can access the support they very much need. Patients can access counselling services, benefits advice, wig fitting and much more.

So for me, a marathon really is a walk in the park! I am very lucky to be fit and healthy.

So have a rummage down the back of the sofa, empty the pockets of your jeans or just give whatever you can to this fantastic project!

So in the words of my favourite Oncologist Toby Talbot.. ‘Let’s kick cancers arse!”

If you would like to sponsor Lisa and her marathon challenge, you can visit her Just Giving page at 

Good luck Lisa and thanks for running for The Cove!

27th January 2015

Thank you so much to Ann’s Cottage, who today presented a cheque for £5,000 towards The Cove appeal. This great local business, who specialise in surf and lifestyle brands, started life in 1978 with a small shop in Polzeath and now have stores across Cornwall as well as an online store.
The company are also looking at further supporting The Cove this year by sponsoring events and by helping us at events.

Thank you to Rob, Amy, Luke and all the team at Ann’s Cottage for choosing to support The Cove this year, and we are looking forward to working with you!

15th January 2015

Today marks the launch of The Cove Champions Business Club. We are looking for as many small local businesses as possible to pledge to raise £1,000 for The Cove in 2015, and in return we have put together a great package of special perks. Please visit our Cove Business Champions page on this site for all of the information.



15th January 2015

We are delighted to announce that planning permission for The Cove has now been approved! We now are looking forward to putting the finishing touches to the plans, going out to tender for the build and then the start of construction later in the Summer.

22nd December 2014

Although the money is still being counted and sent in, it looks as though the Christmas jumper day for The Cove held on the 19th December has raised over £1,500 for the appeal.

The team at RCHT did an amazing job at supporting the event, with so many staff wearing a festive jumper for the day and donating to The Cove.

We also had fantastic support from BBC Radio Cornwall, who also joined in on the day and raised some money.

Watch out for next years BIGGER Christmas jumper event…. we want the whole of Cornwall in their knitwear next year!

BBC Radio Cornwall                  Staff at RCHT

15th December 2014

A huge thanks to everyone at Carn Brea Storm Netball Club for a great Christmas Fayre yesterday, and for donating a fabulous £471.50 to The Cove appeal. We had a great time at the event, and it really helped to put us in the Christmas mood! Thanks also to Johnny Hoare for attending and recording some new interviews for our next podcast-coming soon!

The event also marked the celebration of our first year in partnership with Storm, who have raised around £1,000 for us so far. We are looking forward to more cake eating and netball supporting in 2015!

Photo credits: Andrew Trenoweth – KHK Media

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11th December 2014

We are delighted to welcome onboard some new supporters this month! Seaview Media in St Austell, The Core Health and Wellbeing Centre in Falmouth, the mens section at The Point at Polzeath Golf Club and the Towan Blystra ladies Masons will be fundraising for The Cove. Thank you all for your support now and in 2015.


7th December 2014

Thanks to the Truro fundraising committee, The Plaza cinema in Truro and film critic Mark Kermode, the two showings of the newly unbanned Monty Python film ‘The Life of Brian’ raised £3,500 for The Cove last night.

The screenings, which marked the first time the film had ever been shown in a Truro cinema, were packed out and there were even some filmgoers in fancy dress (as well as the cinema staff!) It was a great night, with lots of laughs along the way – thanks to everyone who supported!


1st December 2014

We are so pleased to announce that the Macmillan Cornwall Christmas Fair held at The Eden Project in November has raised over £39,000 for The Cove! The event, which is organised by a dedicated and amazing team of volunteers has raised more than ever this year, and we are so pleased that this money will go towards our appeal. Special thanks to President Lady Mary Holborow and Chair Caroline Tetley and the team for all of their hard work.

The event is already in planning for 2015, and it will again be raising funds for The Cove.

Thank you to everyone who attended the fair, to all stallholders and our friends at Eden. See you in 2015!


21st November 2014

Suzie Warren, area fundraising manager for Macmillan in Devon and Cornwall was delighted to receive a cheque for the incredible amount of £30,000 from the St Michaels Breast Care Support Group. The group, which includes Anna Burton who appears in our fundraising video for The Cove, presented the cheque to Suzie and had the opportunity to look over some of the plans for the building and talk about the services it will offer. We are so grateful to you all for supporting The Cove, and we know your money will be put to very good use.

St Michaels Breast Care Support Group

20th November 2014

Thank you so much to Dudley and all the staff and customers of The Merrymore Inn in Mawgan Porth, Newquay, for donating £2,550 from the proceeds of this years harvest auction. That’s a lot of pickled onions and bags of potatoes!! Well done and thanks to you all!

11th November 2014

We are delighted to have recieved a donation for £325 from Keltique ladies choir for The Cove. The ladies have been collecting for us at their concerts over the last few months, and have a lot more planned in the future! Thank you so much to all members and to everyone who donated into the collecting buckets!

For more information on Keltique, visit


Photo credit Keltique twitter @keltiquesing

 7th November 2014

Carn Brea Storm Netball Club, who have been supporting Macmillan in Cornwall since December 2013, held a Halloween cake bake on the 31st October to raise money for The Cove. The cakes were amazing, and they tasted just as good (I should know…I ate quite a few!). The cake sale before the 1st team played Penzance in a league fixture raised £100.50 for Macmillan in an hour, so thank you to everyone who made and bought cakes.

The club have also added The Cove logo onto the new playing and coaching kits, and we think it looks very smart indeed. Thanks to all at the club for your support, and we look forward to working with you in your 10th anniversary year!

For more information on the club, and to read my monthly guest blogs for Storm, visit
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7th November 2014

We raised an amazing £1,155 at the firework collection at The Mermaid Inn in Newquay on bonfire night. Thank you so so much to everyone who came to help us collect on the night, to everyone who donated into our big green buckets and to the Mermaid Inn for choosing to support us this years. The fireworks were brilliant, and we all had a great night raising money for The Cove!

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24th October 2014

We are pleased to announce that the annual Cornwall Macmillan Christmas Fair at the Eden Project, on November 12th and 13th will this year be raising money for The Cove Macmillan Support Centre. The prestigious event, which has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for Macmillan over the years, marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping period for many, and brings together a huge range of gift ideas under one amazing roof! For tickets and information, please visit

22nd October 2014

Almost a month on since we launched our appeal to build The Cove, and wow…..its been so busy! We have been inundated with offers of support and fundraising ideas from all over the County.

We are delighted that groups such as Roche Young Farmers Club, The Cornwall Rock Choir, The Cornwall Bowel Cancer Support Group and Tehidy Golf Club have already committed to raising funds for The Cove.

We have also had so much interest from people who want to run, walk, row and swim for The Cove, so watch this page for more information! Don’t forget that you can advertise your fundraising event and tell your story to our media friends at The West Briton – contact Esme Ashcroft at

Over £35,000 has already been raised for The Cove in Cornwall, and so we are on the way to the magic million! We have a long way to go though, so if your group, workplace or friends want to get involved please email us through the contact page.

26th September 2014

What an amazing day we had yesterday launching The Cove Macmillan Support Centre! Thank you so much to our media partners The West Briton and also our very good friends BBC Radio Cornwall, along with support from Pirate FM. We have already had so many offers of support and we are really delighted. Please use the contact page if you would like to get in touch, and if you are holding a fundraising event please contact The West Briton directly as they will be pleased to help you spread the word!

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25th September 2014

We are delighted to be launching The Cove Macmillan Support centre today with our new media partners The West Briton. Look out for full coverage on our new exciting project in this weeks edition, and check out future editions for all the news on events, fundraising activities and how you can get involved.

Thanks also to our good friends at BBC Radio Cornwall for helping us to spread the news about The Cove, and tune in to hear more about our appeal soon.







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