We've teamed up with Bournemouth's Castlepoint Shopping Park and Ferndown Business Network and would love you to join us at our Pound the Pavement event on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 January to raise money for our crisis appeal. 

We're asking you to save up your one pound coins between now and the event and add them to our 'line of gold' at the Shopping Park over the weekend. Just one metre of coins amounts to £45 and we're aiming to fill 500 metres between Asda and Sainsbury's which would raise £22,500. 

Maria Tidy's our Community Engagement Manager for Dorset, said:

All those pound coins add up, so please empty your pockets, hunt down the back of the sofa and scour your handbag or car. Save up your coins and come and join us at Castlepoint Shopping Park to see how far we can stretch the line of gold. If you can't be there on the day you can add your coins virtually to my Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/maria-tidy5

David Pickett, Castlepoint Shopping Park's Centre Manager, said:

Wessex Cancer Trust provides a vital service to the local community and we're delighted to be working with them to help them raise these vital funds. It's going to be amazing to see how far we can get along the walkway, as every inch will make a difference to local people.

We're also looking for entertainers and volunteers on the day. If you can help please contact Maria at [email protected] or call 07471 217693.

Directions to the shopping park are here. Sat Nav BH8 9UZ. 

Last December we launched a crisis appeal to raise £600,000 by the end of January or we could be forced to close. We've been supporting local families for 40 years, but have seen a 30% increase in demand this year, coupled with a 65% reduction in people leaving a gift in their wills and the decline in the high street which has seen our shop sales fall by 15%. 

We support around 11,000 people every year through our four cancer Support Centres which provide a drop-in service, professional counselling, complementary therapies, activities, support groups and courses. We also run outreach services, popular Sing for Life choirs and transport on our Daisy Buses to help patients get to their hospital appointments.