Imagine being given news that will change not only your life but the lives of the people you love.
Imagine being given news which means you’ll need to spend countless hours travelling to and from hospital to receive treatment in the hope it will save your life.
Every month, almost 300 people are given a diagnosis of cancer at Great Western Hospital, and have to make the journey to Oxford, Bath or Cheltenham to receive their radiotherapy treatment.
The Rotary Club of Devizes are therefore partnering with Dolcipani Italian Bakery and Coffee Shop in Devizes to help change that by raising cash to help buy equipment for the new Radiotherapy Unit in Swindon.
For details of how you can make a donation or buy raffle tickets for the Singing For Life fund-raising concert to be held on Thursday 30th March at Dolcipani in Devizes, go to https://rotaryclubofdevizes.wordpress.com/donat/. Please buy your tickets this week as we’ll be holding the draw this coming Saturday to see who will be the lucky ones attending the concert.
This is your chance to support the biggest improvement in cancer care in Swindon in a generation. Thank you for your support.
The following has been taken from a story today by Joanne Moore in the Gazette and Herald:
ORGANISERS of a charity music evening fear their fundraising efforts might be in vain after hackers ruined a website page set up by Devizes Rotary to sell tickets for the event.
Devizes Rotary president Cliff Evans was shocked when the page allowing people to make donations and win tickets for the evening at Dolcipani Italian Bakery and Coffee Shop in Devizes to raise money for the Brighter Futures Appeal at Great Western Hospital, Swindon, on March 30 was defaced. He said: “Until yesterday all had been going well, but then disaster struck when the above website page was one of around 1.5m pages hacked.”
A new web page has been created by leaving the ‘e’ off the word donate. People should now go to www.rotaryclubofdevizes.wordpress.com/donat to make donations and buy tickets for the event.
The evening called ‘Singing For Life’ will feature cafe owner Giovanni Campanella who was diagnosed with cancer nearly two years ago and has been helped by specialists at Great Western Hospital. He said: “I was diagnosed with stage three lung cancer in April 2015, and without the care and support of the Great Western Hospital I wouldn’t be here today. It’s my small way of thanking them for everything they’ve done for me and everyone like me. I’ve been playing guitar for fifty years, so I’m excited about the concert and want to offer our guests the chance to immerse themselves in an authentic Sicilian night in the warm atmosphere of our Mediterranean coffee shop.”
Below is a copy of the poster advertising the “Singing For Life” event on 30th March that the Rotary Club of Devizes is organising in partnership with Dolcipani Italian Bakery and Coffee Shop to raise cash for the GWH Radiotherapy Appeal. If you could help publicise this event by distributing posters to pubs, shops, schools, businesses etc in your village/town please let me know.
The provision of the new Radiotherapy Centre at GWH will impact a great many of us either directly or indirectly, so please also encourage your friends and family to go to the following page – https://rotaryclubofdevizes.wordpress.com/donate/ – so that they can can buy a lottery ticket for the event, and/or make a donation directly to the Appeal.
Thanks for your support
President, Rotary Club of Devizes
Below is an article which appeared in the Gazette and Herald this week outlining the Devizes Rotary Club plans for supporting the Great Western Hospital Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal.
For further details of that, and the Singing For Life fund-raising concert, click on the following image:
Singing baker organises fundraising concert for hospital
By Joanne Moore
30th January 2016
CAFE owner Giovanni Campanella, who was diagnosed with cancer nearly two years ago, is staging a music night to raise money for a cause close to his heart. Mr Campanella, who runs Dolcipani Italian bakery and coffee shop in Devizes, has joined forces with Devizes Rotary Club to collect money for the Brighter Futures Appeal at Great Western Hospital, Swindon, on March 30.
Mr Campanella and Vincenzo Bua will perform from 7.30pm to 9pm at the coffee shop in Old Swan Yard in a concert called Singing For Life to raise money for a new radiotherapy centre in Swindon. He said: “‘I was diagnosed with stage three lung cancer in April 2015, and without the care and support of the Great Western Hospital I wouldn’t be here today. It’s my small way of thanking them for everything they’ve done for me and everyone like me. I’ve been playing guitar for fifty years, so I’m excited about the concert and want to offer our guests the chance to immerse themselves in an authentic Sicilian night in the warm atmosphere of our Mediterranean coffee shop.”
Devizes Rotary Club president Cliff Evans said: “It’s a privilege for the Rotary Club of Devizes to have been invited by Giovanni to help organise the event, and thereby raise much needed money for the GWH Radiotherapy Appeal, which currently stands at £1.3m of a £2.9m target. For every £14 donated, the donor’s name will be entered into a lottery to win one of just 30 exclusive places at the unique concert, and because Dolcipani is covering all costs, every penny of their donation will go to the appeal.” Those who donate but do not win a ticket will get a free cup of coffee on their next visit to the cafe.
Among the guests on the evening will be Mr Campanella’s consultant Dr. Omar Khan.
Mr Campanella is no stranger to performing as he was a regional finalist on Britain’s Best Bakery in 2014 and also appeared on screen with the late Terry Wogan when he visited Devizes for Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip. He will be preparing a finger food buffet for the evening which will feature Mr Campanella singing and on guitar and Mr Bua providing vocals and bass.
To find out more about how to be at the concert go to www.rotaryclubofdevizes.wordpress.com/donate
The past month or so has been very busy for the Devizes Rotary Club in the run up to Christmas. For a summary of the fundraising events they’ve taken part in to support the Rotary Foundation, the Devizes Christmas Bazaar & Christmas Tree Festival and The Springfields Christmas Fair, click on the Christmas tree below:
Having experienced two fantastic heats last month, everyone was very much looking forward to the final of the Devizes Area Young Chef 2016-17 Competition which was held last Monday (7th November) at The Farm Cookery School near Bromham. The contestants that had made it through from the heats were Beth Bogert, Bella Paxton, Elizabeth Woodward and Jocasta Wellard.
with Elizabeth Woodward coming a very close second – in fact there was only one point in it! So, many congratulations to Beth, and good luck to her in the District Finals which will be held between January and mid-February.
Photos from the event can be viewed by clicking HERE.
Five more budding young chefs took part in the second heat of the Devizes Area Rotary Young Chef Competition 2016-17 yesterday evening. Again the standard was quite remarkable and big congratulations go to all those who took part, particularly the winner Elizabeth Woodward whose homemade apple crumble and custard comes highly recommended!
Thanks again to Gretchen Winter for hosting the event at The Farm Cookery School near Bromham, and to Gianni Campanelli of the Dolcipani Bakery who once again joined our own Colin Lugg and Gretchen to perform excellent judging duties.
For photos of the evening click HERE
As planned, thousands of purple crocus bulbs were planted on The Green in Devizes last Saturday to highlight the plight of Polio victims around the world. For a while I feared that the weather would be against us, but in the end some lovely autumn sunshine shone down and all the crocuses got put safely to bed!
Now we can look forward to a lovely splash of purple colour next spring.
For more photos click HERE.
Six budding young chefs attended the first heat of the Devizes Area Rotary Young Chef Competition 2016-17 last Friday evening at The Farm Cookery School near Bromham. It was a fantastic evening with all the contestants astonishing the three judges with their culinary skills.
Many congratulations to all those who took part, particularly the winner Beth Bogert who was one of the youngest competitors in the heat. Congratulations also to the judges who did a terrific job under very difficult circumstances given the quality of all the entrants, and finally thanks to the parents who provided all the support and encouragement needed to help develop some great Young Chefs!
For a photo diary of the evening click HERE.
Rotary Club of Devizes