Devizes Rotary help Dolcipani to raise cash for Radiotherapy Appeal
Below is the article which appeared in the Gazette and Herald this week outlining the Devizes Rotary Club plans for supporting the Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal.
For further details of that, and the Singing For Life fund-raising concert, click on the image opposite.
Singing baker organises fundraising concert for hospital
By Joanne Moore
30th January 2016
CAFE owner Giovanni Campanella, who was diagnosed with cancer nearly two years ago, is staging a music night to raise money for a cause close to his heart. Mr Campanella, who runs Dolcipani Italian bakery and coffee shop in Devizes, has joined forces with Devizes Rotary Club to collect money for the Brighter Futures Appeal at Great Western Hospital, Swindon, on March 30.
Mr Campanella and Vincenzo Bua will perform from 7.30pm to 9pm at the coffee shop in Old Swan Yard in a concert called Singing For Life to raise money for a new radiotherapy centre in Swindon. He said: “‘I was diagnosed with stage three lung cancer in April 2015, and without the care and support of the Great Western Hospital I wouldn’t be here today. It’s my small way of thanking them for everything they’ve done for me and everyone like me. I’ve been playing guitar for fifty years, so I’m excited about the concert and want to offer our guests the chance to immerse themselves in an authentic Sicilian night in the warm atmosphere of our Mediterranean coffee shop.”
Devizes Rotary Club president Cliff Evans said: “It’s a privilege for the Rotary Club of Devizes to have been invited by Giovanni to help organise the event, and thereby raise much needed money for the GWH Radiotherapy Appeal, which currently stands at £1.3m of a £2.9m target. For every £14 donated, the donor’s name will be entered into a lottery to win one of just 30 exclusive places at the unique concert, and because Dolcipani is covering all costs, every penny of their donation will go to the appeal.” Those who donate but do not win a ticket will get a free cup of coffee on their next visit to the cafe.
Among the guests on the evening will be Mr Campanella’s consultant Dr. Omar Khan.
Mr Campanella is no stranger to performing as he was a regional finalist on Britain’s Best Bakery in 2014 and also appeared on screen with the late Terry Wogan when he visited Devizes for Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip. He will be preparing a finger food buffet for the evening which will feature Mr Campanella singing and on guitar and Mr Bua providing vocals and bass.
To find out more about how to be at the concert go to www.rotaryclubofdevizes.wordpress.com/donat