Downend shoppers help breast cancer centre

Published on: 02 May 2017

SHOPPERS in Downend have raised thousands of pounds in support of a Bristol charity which helps women with breast cancer.

BUST - Breast Cancer Unit Support Trust - will benefit from the whopping £4,658 which was accumulated every time customers at the Co-op store swiped their membership cards during the last six months.

Simon Cawthorn, renowned breast surgeon and founder of the charity, visited the store to accept the cheque from Co-op team manager Michelle Phillips.

He was joined by BUST chairwoman Jenny Wookey and committee members Vicki Capel and Lois Adams.

BUST supports Bristol’s only breast care centre, which is now based at Southmead Hospital.

The charity was set up 26 years ago by three breast cancer patients who were treated at the unit. They had been the first patients of Dr Cawthorn when he started his consultant post at Frenchay Hospital in October 1990 and were so grateful for their treatment they asked how they could repay him.

The charity is run by seven former patients who do not claim a penny in expenses so that 99p in every £1 donated goes to help patient diagnosis and treatment.

Co-op team manager Sarah Williams said: "We are delighted to have had the opportunity to raise so much money for a fantastic cause. It's all down to the customers who shop with us that has enabled us to raise this much money." 

Staff select three charities every six months which will benefit from the store's membership scheme.

Every time a customer purchases a Co-op branded product of £1 or more and swipe their membership card, they get back five pence for themselves and one pence for their chosen charity.

BUST proved so popular with customers that staff have selected it again as one of their next three good causes, which means customers can continue to support the charity at the store until September.

Mrs Wookey, who lives in Downend, said: "BUST would like to thank every customer who has supported us, as well as staff at the Co-op for their help and Co-operative management for setting up this fantastic initiative. It's wonderful the charity has been chosen again and we hope customers in Downend will continue to support us."

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