We've reached £200,000 in our appeal

A bird-like crop circle at a farm in Wiltshire, a Family Fun Day at Coleview Community Centre in Swindon and a Garden and Plant Fair in Stockcross, Newbury, are just a few of the recent fundraising events organised by the local community.

We launched a £2.9 million appeal in May to bring radiotherapy treatment to the Great Western Hospital (GWH), supporting plans to bring cancer treatment closer to home for the 340,000 people living nearby.

Wiltshire farmer, Mr James Hussey, has raised over £20,000 for the Radiotherapy Appeal in memory of his wife Gill, who died from breast cancer last year. Mr Hussey collected donations to view the huge crop formation which appeared at Weir Farm in August and hosted the first ever Hackpen Hill 10k run. Mr Hussey said: “I know first-hand how important it is to have radiotherapy locally. The journey to Oxford is long and difficult and it really is so important that we raise this money and bring radiotherapy to the Great Western Hospital.”

Jake Henley, who works in the IT Department at the Great Western Hospital, is one of the many staff who have donated their time. Over 700 people joined Jake at Coleview Community Centre throughout the day on Saturday 17 October to enjoy live music, a barbeque, fun fair rides, a bouncy castle and craft stalls. The funds raised from the event bring the community centre’s contribution up to nearly £4,000 and with Brighter Futures being chosen as their charity of the year, the community will continue to fundraise.

Jake, said: "I was inspired through my work at the hospital and seeing the good work we do. This event shows how much the Coleview community supports the hospital."

Berkshire couple, Charlotte and Rupert Digby, tipped the appeal just over the £200,000 mark with an impressive £18,000 donation, raised from their Garden and Plant Fair at Rookwood House, which attracts hundreds of visitors every year.

They were inspired to donate the money to Brighter Futures after their friend Tracy experienced the gruelling journey to Oxford for radiotherapy.

Mrs Digby said: "I'll be donating all the proceeds from next year's fair to the appeal too, so please come along and support this great cause."

All money raised will help pay for the equipment used to deliver the treatment, which will be provided by Oxford University Hospitals Trust (OUH) on the GWH site.

I am delighted that we’ve reached this milestone and thank everybody who has given their time and energy to our appeal. The support we’ve received from local people is absolutely fantastic and truly inspiring.

It’s a fantastic achievement, but we’ve still got a long way to go. If you would like to get involved or show your support please check out our website for details of our upcoming events or get in touch with us by phone.

Currently around 3,000 people are diagnosed with some form of cancer each year at GWH and in 2013/14, around 700 made the 70 mile round-trip to the nearest radiotherapy centre in Oxford for treatment which can be up to seven weeks of daily visits.

While the expansion of the OUH service is subject to a final approval process, the planning stages are well advanced and it is envisaged that treatment could be available locally by the end of 2017.

To find out how you can support the Radiotherapy Appeal visit www.brighterfuturesgwh.nhs.uk or phone 01793 605631.