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Funeral business raises funds for Dorset breast cancer unit

Staff at a Wimborne business have raised more than £1,000 for the Ladybird Breast Unit run from Poole Hospital.

Funeral Director Amy Turvey and colleagues at Douch & Small carried out a number of events to raise the money.

The business is part of Douch Family Funeral Directors that has seven branches across east Dorset and raises money for many causes.

A cheque for £1,089 was presented to Hayley Harris, corporate fundraiser for the charity.

Amy, whose mother Jan was treated at the clinic after being diagnosed with breast cancer and who is now in remission, led the effort.

Her fiancée Robert Atkins and his friend Andy Forrest cycled from Wimborne to Bristol and back again to help raise the money. Other events included raffles and skittles evenings.

“The Ladybird clinic was brilliant for mum and diagnosed her on the same day she had the test.

“Treatment was excellent and now she is in remission and we wanted to give something back.

“As a company we do a lot of fundraising for local charities and my colleagues really got behind the effort.

“Every year about 11,500 women and 85 men die from breast cancer so getting diagnosed early is very important.”

Amy Turvey
Funeral director at Douch Family Funeral Directors

“We are extremely grateful to Amy and the staff at Douch & Small who raised such a large amount.

“We can achieve a great deal with it and the funds helps us test more people – men as well as women.

“We know that the earlier cancer is detected then the better the chance of a complete recovery.”

Hayley Harris
University Hospitals Dorset HS Charity


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