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Charity effort hits landmark.

LAWYERS from Newcastle law firm Samuel Phillips have reached the 18th green in their fundraising bid for local cancer charity the Daisy Appeal, which supports the Northern Centre for Cancer Treatment at Newcastle General Hospital.

First organised by the firm in 1997, the annual Golf tournament at Linden Hall reached the milestone figure of raising pounds 100,000 from the event.

The popular Daisy Golf Day attracts regular participation from many medical organisations and top companies such as Lloyds TSB plc and the Newcastle Building Society.

Some 31 teams took part this year and Samuel Phillips' senior partner, Barry Speker, said: "This is a fantastic event, great fun for all who take part and a considerable amount of money has been raised for a very good cause.

"We adopted the charity ten years ago and we are delighted to have been the main sponsor of the Daisy Golf Day and help raise in excess of pounds 100,000 for such a worthwhile appeal.

"With research showing four in ten people can expect to have some form of cancer in their lifetime the work of he NCCT is invaluable. It continues to improve the quality of life and care of cancer patients and the money will be invested in new equipment, facilities and research to ensure shorter waiting times, better treatment and improved comfort for patients."

Dr Tim Walls, Medical Director of Newcastle NHS Foundation Trust said: "As the main sponsor of Daisy Golf Day, we are extremely grateful to Samuel Phillips Law Firm for this tremendous contribution, which will be used to provide equipment and improve facilities for patients receiving treatment in the new cancer treatment centre at the Freeman hospital which is scheduled to open and begin treating patients in August 2008."

The Daisy Appeal commemorates the tremendous achievement of the late Daisy Clarke MBE of Morpeth, who founded the Charlie Bear for Cancer Care Appeal.

A cancer patient herself, Daisy decided in 1978 to make teddy bears with her husband Charles to raise the pounds 1 million plus needed to purchase, staff and maintain the North East's first whole body scanner.

Shortly before she died in 1995, the Northern Centre for Cancer Treatment (NCCT) "adopted" Charlie Bear which continues to be the symbol of generosity and support for improving the quality of life for cancer patients in the North East.

The NCCT is the main treatment centre for cancer in the North East where each year over 62000 patients, including 5600 new ones, are treated.

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CHARITY CHAMPIONS: The Samuel Philips firm are celebrating hitting the pounds 100,000 mark for the Daisy Appeal (from left) David Renwick, Barry Speaker, senior partner from Samuel Phillips, Dr Tim Walls, Jimmy Renwick, Malcolm Ridley and Gary McCabe.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 27, 2007
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