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Blackmore Vale Masonic Lodge put their “ducks in a row” with £205 charity donation.
Blackmore Vale Masonic Lodge from Sturminster Newton were recently delighted to donate to the Ducks and Drakes Cancer Trust; a local charity raising funds for specialist equipment and nurse training.
Andrew Drake and his family set up the charity when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Juvenile Polyposis. As this type of cancer is genetic the rest of Andrews’ family were checked and his sister and father were found to have the same condition.  Andrew’s sister and father have been successfully treated but, in 2015 Andrew was told that his cancer was terminal and passed away in September of that year.
Andrew’s love for life and loyalty for his friends, family and his desire to increase awareness and support toward cancer were rewarded when ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh, his team and some of Andrews friends completely transformed and redesigned his garden. This meant that Andrew’s wife Rachel and son Lucas could enjoy the time they had left together, comfortably, with family and friends. Andrew loved the new garden but in his normal selfless way was happy Rachel and Lucas had something to enjoy and be happy in.
Andrew’s full story can be found on their website at http://www.ducksdrakescancertrust.org.uk/

The photograph shows Carol Eavis a trustee of the charity, Annette Drake (Andrew’s Mum) and Becky Drake (Andrew’s Sister) receiving a cheque for £205 from the lodge from the Master, Mark Harrold


Over £1000 raised by Dorset & West path finders

Over £1,000 pounds were raised on Sunday when members of the Dorset and West Path Finders came to the Drake farm at Okefored Fitzpaine.
The weather started off drizzly and dank but by ten the skies had cleared and the metal detectors glistened in the few rays of sun.
About 50 members turned up from all over the country from Birmingham to Cornwall to enjoy pastures new.
Cakes were sold and entry fees taken.
By four the members reassembled with their findings, photos were taken and on display is a medieval coin found on site.
Who knows of the stories on how items end up in remote fields be it from past workers or travellers but to find items as this causes excitement between the ranks. Other items found were a money bar which would of attached a purse whilst travelling on horseback and other coins.
All the money taken on the day was presented to Annette and Richard Drake to give to The Ducks and Drakes Cancer Trust.
 

A great day was had by all and if any other farmers would permit them to visit their farm for a day then please email Malcolm Andrews. malcolm.andres64@btinternet.com.


 David Honeybun's Trans-Atlantic cycle challenge for Duck& Drakes

A man from Hazelbury Bryan is currently 'cycling' across the Atlantic to raise funds for  Ducks & Drakes.

David Honeybun, who was a friend of Andrew, is a crew member on board 55-metre superyacht Gene Machine which is making its way across the Atlantic ocean from the Amels shipyard in Vlissigen, Holland, from where it sailed on 24th November, to the island of St Maarten in the Dutch Caribeean.

David and fellow crew members are cycling more than 4,500 miles on an exercise bike on the deck of the superyacht raising funds and awareness for both Ducks & Drakes and The Heart Research Institute.

Former Sturminster Newton High School student David says, "The challenge we have set ourselves is to ride the exact distance Gene Machine will cover during her trans-Atlantic voyage.

"As a crew we will ride a total of 4736 nautical miles or 8771 kilometres in 17 days. In order for this to be achieved the 12-man crew of Gene Machine will be required to cycle an average of 516 km per day or 21.5 km per hour, 24 hours a day.

"We've had a few days of bad weather and some of the crew have had to keep a bucket nearby.

"We would love to raise £2 per kilometre cycled and we are collecting donations through http://virginmoneygiving.com/GeneMachine with the total amount raised divided equally between the Heart Research Institute and Duck & Drakes Cancer Trust."

For those interested in tracking the crew's progress across the Atlantic check the Facebook page or visit http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots....


Read more at http://www.blackmorevale.co.uk/hazelbury-bryan-man-in-trans-atlantic-cycle-challenge-for-dorset-charity/story-29961798-detail/story.html#GHkzHH8XAsjdWDdB.99


£1100 RAISED FROM A WONDERFUL EVENING WITH

MICHAEL EAVIS

We are very pleased to announce that we raised a wonderful amount of just over £1100 on our evening with Michael Eavis. Thank you for you kind donations and for coming to enjoy it with us


£3577.11 RAISED FROM A FANTASTIC CLAY SHOOT

We are pleased to announce that this years clay shoot raised an amazing £3577.11.  Thank you to everyone who took part in plush this year and thank you for your amazing efforts to raise such a fantastic amount.

As always the money raised is helping us to raise the awareness and help support cancer.

Congratulations to all the winners on the day below is a picture of Felix who won the junior section.  We hope to see you all again at next years shoot.


£20,000 Donation for new stack camera at DCH

On Monday we went to Dorset county hospital in Dorchester and donated a brand new Stack Camera (in the background). This camera is a vital piece of equipment in surgery and investigation during colon and rectal operations.  Andrew's family and friends joined Angela Ingram (Colorectal Specialist Nurse) in theatres to see the new equipment, where they were thanked by a very grateful theatre team.

 

 

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Ducks and Drakes Cancer Trust was founded to:

Create awareness of bowel cancer in young people, aged 18 to 30 in Dorset and the UK

To support bowel cancer patients and their families through the provision of specialist equipment and financial aid

To fund specialist nurses in Dorset County Hospital, specifically in the Colorectal Department